The POST 6 July 2024

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Dr Andrew’s 2am epiphany

Nedlands doctor Andrew Davies woke at two o’clock one morning and decided to act immediately on a problem that had been nagging at him.

“I packed up the equivalent of a GP practice in the back of my car and started doing two pop-up clinics a week within drop-in centres for homeless people,” he said.

“I didn’t want to remain in the safe space of a Nedlands GP practice, I wanted to optimise my medical training.”

Andrew realised he had led a privileged life: Dalkeith Primary, Christ Church Grammar School and UWA for his medical degree.

His father is local real estate agent Gordon Davies, and his mother Diane Davies trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist and was the medical director of both King Edward Memorial and Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals.

Andrew chose another path. He had been volunteering with Street Doctor where he was confronted with the complex causes and effects of homelessness.

He realised that without addressing the underlying cause of homelessness, their health was not going to improve. More was needed.

“Health problems are one of the biggest precipitants in be-

coming homeless and one of the biggest perpetuating factors for remaining homeless,” he said.

“It’s really important to understand and acknowledge that homelessness is not a choice but often the result of a series of traumatic life events often

starting in childhood and adolescent years.”

Mental disorders, drug and alcohol use, injuries, skin infections and infestations, poor food and mouth care, poor compliance with medication, and blood-borne viruses and

Homelessness is not a choice but often the result of a series of traumatic life events ‘ ’

headed for the suburbs.

Cottesloe locals report that two groups of homeless people camping among the tea-trees had left when the skate park was built in John Black Dune Park. Others have been living in bush near Buckland Hill.

WA has the highest percentage of homeless people in Australia.

Andrew founded Homeless Health Care, a not-for profit that grew from tiny beginnings and now employs almost 70 staff.

“Mum provided a lot of support to the organisation in its early days,” he said.

hepatitis drastically reduce the life expectation of homeless people to 50 years.

High self-harm and suicide rates contribute.

With homeless people being pushed out of Perth CBD, many of Perth’s 10,000 homeless had

Local DV crisis laid bare

WA Police statistics show that domestic violence is rising across the western suburbs.

In most suburbs, assault by a family member is far more common than assault by a nonfamily member.

And there has also been an increase in people being charged with threatening behaviour by a family member.

Figures released by WA Police cover crimes committed between July 1 last year

to March 31 this year. Over the state, there was an increase of 41% in family related offences from the five-year average.

Subiaco had 62 family assaults and 27 non-family assaults.

Mosman Park had 57 family assaults and 40 non-family.

Floreat had 22 family assault cases and two non-family assault offences.

Daglish had no non-family assaults, but had 12 family offences.

The only western suburb that did not have a family assault offence recorded was

Peppermint Grove.

The figures also show a rise in breaches of restraining orders. One of the highest numbers was Wembley, with 54.

Curtin MP Kate Chaney said the figures showed that family and domestic violence did not discriminate by postcode.

“In recent months a number of women have told me their personal stories – they are living down the road from you and their kids might go to school with your kids – but they are experiencing violence in their

Dogs sniff out borer

Dogs could be used to sniff out a tiny pest threatening Perth’s tree canopy.

Thousands of trees have been lost to the polyphagous shot-hole borer since it was first detected in 2021, including scores at Lake Claremont.

The state government recently hired Ryan Tate, of Tate Animal Training Enterprises, and two scent-detection dogs to trial their ability to detect dieback.

A recent field trip showed the dogs could also detect the borer.

“A hundred percent they can,” Mr Tate said.

“There’s a whole host of different volatile compounds that the borer itself would be releasing.

“The fungus that it harvests in the tree, and also the stress signals that the trees would be giving off … the dogs are able to home in on all those little nuances that start to happen when the borer attacks a tree.

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homes and are often bearing the weight of it in silence because of the shame, stigma and the difficulty of finding a path out,”

Ms Chaney said.

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“She had extensive experience in health administration and clinical governance and has been board chair since the inception. She helped develop policies and procedures and provided a lot of wisdom.” Registered nurse Zoe Thebaud was instrumental in setting up and establishing Homeless Health Care Medical Respite Centre, and is Homeless Healthcare’s director of programs.

Its value can be gauged from the case of a woman the respite centre supported recently.

“She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and needed chemotherapy treatment,” Zoe said. “She was discharged from hospital to the streets with drip intact and absolutely no family, home or care to go to.

“She was isolated, alone, scared and most unwell. Fortunately she was referred to the respite centre where

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Andrew Davies at work on the street. Photo: Tony McDonough
Ryan Tate’s dogs in WA recently sniffing out dieback.

Preserve Indiana and public access

Bret Christian’s brilliant front-page photo (POST, June 29) illustrates perfectly the benefits of public access to the grassed reserve at Indiana on Marine Parade, Cottesloe.

And clarity of purpose in maintaining the existing green open space shines through in the accompanying report (Beach saved for the people) by Bonnie Christian.

Surely Cottesloe council could raise state and federal funding to refurbish the iconic (but decaying) Indiana Tea House, changerooms and surf life saving club boat and ski storage areas.

The building is urgently in need of an aesthetic upgrade, inside and out.

After all, Cottesloe is one of Australia’s best beaches and a major WA tourist attraction.

And the adjacent  No.1 Car Park is integral to community access for all beach patrons.

Clive Addison Meagher Drive, Floreat

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Prosecutions for camping in Kings Park?

Three ugly Heyscape glamping cabin/campervans now parked in Kings Park until July 28 with the approval of the Cook government have towballs, wheels and stoplights.

Can all grey nomads now pull up for the night in Kings Park? I don’t think so.

In 1895, Kings Park by-laws stated with preservation foresight: “No person can camp, lodge, sleep or tarry in the park.”

A 1960 update by the state government’s crown law department wisely restated: “No person can camp, lodge, sleep or tarry overnight.”

Has the crown law department recently passed a new by-law?

Have Heyscape and their two-night minimum $900 glampers been charged for overnight stays in our A-Class reserve? And if not, why not?

Kings Park is a unique iconic reserve for conservation, recreation and commemoration for millions of visitors each year. Please don’t litter it with luxury campgrounds.

C. Wilkins Stanmore Street, Shenton Park

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Consultation absent over med precinct land grab

Nedlands MLA Katrina Stratton has not once in her almost 3½ years as our local MP stood up to the state government over its ugly planning laws and massively increased density and high-rise in Nedlands.

Now that the Liberal candidate for Nedlands, Jonathan Huston, is acting on behalf of residents against the complete takeover of planning control in what it euphemistically calls the hospital and university precinct, Dr Stratton is stuffing our letterboxes with all kinds of communications – three in the past weekend alone.

But none proposes a solution to the takeover, or an explanation of why it is necessary.

I was enraged on Saturday when Dr Stratton’s flyer included: “This is not the end of the consultation.”

What consultation? There has been none.

As affected residents in an area the government itself subdivided for housing from the old Hollywood High School site just a few years ago, we have never been consulted.

Dr Stratton blithely states that no homes will be compulsorily acquired.

But for how long? Just until the government has another idea about

centralising planning and control over our properties? Or a hospital or the university want our land for a carpark or some related purpose?

For many years, under successive governments of all persuasions, the inexorable road has been to take more and more planning control away from local people and local governments.

The governments and ministers who let it happen and enact it are responsible, but it emanates from the bureaucrats and in particular the WA Planning Commission, now fully stacked with government appointees.

While there must be limits to the capacity of local pressure groups to stop all developments, it is high time we had a political party committed to reversing the ever-increasing bureaucratic control over our homes.

Bill Hassell Loneragan Street, Nedlands

Cost factors – renewables vs nuclear power

Curtin MP Kate Chaney’s criticism of Peter Dutton’s nuclear power proposal for reliable, clean and economic electricity generation (Wrong power to the people, POST, June 22) is regrettably blind ideological dogma.

The US and almost every G20 European country is using nuclear power.

Ms Chaney claims: “Mr Dutton is committing to the most expensive source of energy without actually knowing what it is going to cost us.”

Her glib Labor Party mantra is offered as Mr Albanese refuses to disclose how much his grand plan for conversion of fossil fuels to clean energy will cost. Mr Dutton has said independent modelling reveals the cost to be up to 1.9 TRILLION dollars.

The United Arab Emirates obtain a quarter of their electricity from nuclear power, which took just 15 years from the initial decision to full operation at a cost of $30billion.

Labor’s absurdly ambitious goal of 82% renewables in eight years will require the installation of 22,000 solar panels every day for eight years, 40 large wind turbines every month for eight years and more than 10,000km of new transmission lines.

Ms Chaney claims to speak on behalf of the people in Curtin, as she did in the Voice referendum, when only half supported her views.

News Corp’s recent poll found 60% of voters believe nuclear power has a place in Australia’s future energy mix.

Noel Crichton-Browne Leighton Beach Boulevard, Leighton

Katrina StrattonJonathan Huston
People’s choice ... The popular grassed area between Indiana and Marine Parade, above, and the proponent’s vision, below, of a boutique hotel on the same site, as seen from across the road.

Tree loppers stopped work on cutting down the 15m gum on Tuesday, above, and on Thursday they returned, right, to finish the job.

Tree loppers topple gum

Neighbours were distressed this week to see tree loppers high up in a mature gum at the front of a Dalkeith home bought recently by a Rio Tinto executive and his wife.

When contractors were told the POST was heading their way on Tuesday morning, they packed up and left.

They returned on Thursday morning to finish the job.

The 15m-tall tree was on private land near the front door of the property on Alexander Road, bought three months

ago by Simon and Veronica Trott for $2.875million, property records show.

It was the first time in more than 40 years that the modest 1940s single-storey home on 986sqm had come on the market.

One neighbour said the previous owner had “hugely contributed to the streetscape and beauty of the area with his love of gardening and trees”.

“I’m devastated to think it could all be ruined by a moment’s decision to engage tree loppers,” the neighbour said.

The tree had thrown a limb

recently and was a safety concern.

Nedlands council was contacted for comment.

The City’s attempts to protect trees on private property were knocked back by the state planning minister in February.

Mr Trott was appointed chief executive of iron ore at Rio Tinto in 2021, one year after the mining company blew up the ancient Juukan Gorge near Tom Price.

After he took up the role, another blast damaged an ancient rock shelter near the Nammuldi iron ore mine, also near Tom Price.

Mayor starts major shakeup at Cambridge

Cambridge mayor Gary Mack wants to bring in a battery of experts and consultants to tackle what he claims is an “unsatisfactory state of affairs” at the council.

Addressing the council meeting last week, Mr Mack laid the blame for a trend in CEOs jumping ship – including incumbent Gary Tuffin after little more than a year in the job – at the feet of the council.

“The CEO notified me of his resignation on May 31,” Mr Mack said.

“The CEO is the council’s only [direct] employee.”

Earlier that day, the mayor invited officials from the local government department to address elected members and staff, a meeting which the POST understands produced “frank” exchanges.

Further meetings with the department are in the pipeline.

“I intend to further engage with the department to advise councillors of the oversight functions of the department and their expectations of what local government should be achieving,” Mr Mack said last week.

“We have already had one session and I will arrange more.”

He said the meetings would form part of a suite of meas-

ures necessary to bring the council into line.

Cambridge has had four CEOs in the past four years, five in six years, and it was the job of the council to provide a safe workplace “both physically and psycho-socially”.

“The almost annual attrition rate for CEOs is unheard of in local government and indeed any other organisation that I know,” Mr Mack said.

Mr Tuffin had been “exemplary” in the role and his departure was a “significant loss” to the council, Town and community, but the mayor said he “understood and acknowledged” his reasons for leaving.

However, such a high attrition rate had negative impacts on the organisation and its ability to operate.

“This unsatisfactory state of affairs poses an extreme risk to the Town and this risk must be reduced and mitigated,” Mr Mack added. “Continuing without change is not an option.

“Given that the council recruits and employs the CEO,

Root cause failure dogs Nedlands

Denying Nedlands council’s independent audit committee members access to financial details contributed to the “train crash” audit failure that has damaged the City’s reputation and led to the loss of several senior staffers.

As councillor Rebecca Coghlan described the audit failure as an “accounting train crash”, independent consultant Craig Ross laid bare the reasons for it.

Mr Ross’s scathing Root Cause Report was given to members of the audit and risk committee on Monday.

It found that issues should have been escalated, deadlines were not met and relevant people were not told that the council’s accounts were in disarray.

Financial reports should have been shared with the mayor, the audit committee and its two independent community members before they were submitted to the auditors.

“In my view, that would have been a perfect task for the independent community members,” Mr Ross said.

“They have experienced financial background, they could have added extremely valuable input at that point in time.

“Their expertise would have been extremely valuable to this committee.

“If they had seen that report

they would have noted obvious errors. Just a cursory review would be sufficient to know there was a problem.”

Councillor Ben Hodsdon has tried repeatedly to get the independent members back onto the committee after they were dismissed in March, but his motions have been shut down without debate.

Monday night was the first time anyone in the room had seen Mr Ross’s report, except for the chair Hengameh Amiry.

“It’s not customary to publicly discuss these kind of matters,” Mr Ross said, as his report was distributed to councillors and staff.

Mayor Fiona Argyle, who attended online, said she had already seen the confidential papers.

“I’ve seen the report,” she said. “If we can make this a quick meeting? 21 minutes. Thank you.”

It was discovered during the two-hour meeting that Mr Ross’s report had been omitted from the agenda. It was added on the fly.

The failed audit has cost the council about $200,000 in audit and clean-up costs, Ms Amiry said.

Mr Ross used a timeline to detail when various staff knew they were “well behind” deadlines as they attempted to get financial reports ready for the Officer of Auditor General.

By September 30, it was already “clear” that they were not ready.

On November 16, then CEO Bill

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any change has to necessarily focus on the council.”

One option was for the council to engage an independent consultant to hold a series of workshops to identify the reasons why CEOs had resigned and if any of those reasons were “repeating or systemic”.

“Analysis of all aspects of council’s performance individually and collectively will assist in achieving the clear objective of creating a workplace environment that is conducive to not only attracting and recruiting the best CEO but to retain that CEO,” Mr Mack said.

He also called for the “intense and ongoing professional development” of councillors.

“The further engagement of the organisational psychologist to enhance council’s leadership skills, improved communication, trust and collaboration between councillors themselves and the administration, and assist in the improvement of the overall culture of our Town, may be of significant benefit,” he said.

“Reviving our current preagenda meeting format may be part of this.”

He talked also about bringing in the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) “and other experts” to develop councillors’ knowledge about

By LLOYD GORMAN
Gary MackGary Tuffin

THE listening

Gorgeous Morgious

This stunning vista is the Calanque de Morgious, a ruggedly beautiful part of the French coastline just south of Marseille. Heading south, the next stop is Algeria.

Subiaco engineer Vincent Allegre was visiting his parents in Marseille when he captured this dramatic POSTcard of the national park Les Calanques during a walk along the coast.

“A beautiful day in this spectacular location very close to the busy cosmopolitan town of Marseille, but at the same time so far away that you feel you are alone on Earth,” he said.

“The Mediterranean Sea is getting hotter, a ‘delice’ to swim in it (no sharks!).

“Long hikes, some of them not for the fainthearted, and not easy to take a selfie.

“A bit of wind and I am on my own.”

Send a picture and details of your POSTcard adventure to mailbox@ postnewspapers.com. au.

CARDS

Cavoodle commits kale carnage

A West Leederville POSTie was dismayed at the carnage in her cherished veggie patch. Her new-season crop of kale seedlings was in the ground for only a day or two before being plucked and consumed.

The replacements lasted barely any longer.

Was it a rat? Hardly likely, given the neighbour’s cat was a marauding rodent predator.

The cat itself? No, this ferocious feline was no herbivore.

It was a mystery of almost epic proportions until the culprit was sprung redhanded, or red-pawed, during a recent gardening session.

Cocoa the cavoodle was not on the list of suspects until the POSTie spotted the criminal canine amid the greenery, gently breaking off the young kale and chomping through the remnants.

Anti-cavoodle security measures were soon installed and are reported to be effective. So far.

Dictionaries at 10 paces, word play enlivens court session

Peppermint Grove barrister Grant Donaldson has been cleared of being “contumacious” over his actions in a convoluted Supreme Court dispute over a remarkably expensive legal bill. Contumacious? It means to be wilfully disobedient.

Chief Justice Peter Quinlan, a noted logophile, used the succulent term while rejecting a bid by Caratti family vehicle Mammoth Investments to seek a contempt-of-court order against its former lawyer.

The matter had been churning through the courts for years after Mr Donaldson charged Mammoth more than $800,000 but issued invoices with little more

detail than the basic legal description “getting up”.

The Supreme Court has already ordered Mr Donaldson to provide more details in his bills but Justice Quinlan rejected Mammoth’s appeal to seek even greater particulars. And he threw out

Mammoth’s attempt to hold Mr Donaldson in contempt for not providing sufficient details, saying it had to prove “the alleged disobedience … is contumacious”.

“I am not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the respondent failed to comply with the order,” he said.

Right player, wrong club

A Subiaco football club supporter has found another error to rectify at Subiaco Oval.

Delighted that the misspelled ‘Hayden’ Bunton Drive sign was identified and replaced last week (Puntin’theBuntonerror, Listening POST, June 29), the eagle-eyed POSTie spotted another mistake

involving a club great. Brilliant rover Allistair Pickett won his second Sandover Medal in 2004 during his time at Subiaco but the official medal walk that surrounds the oval has managed to transplant the victory to his previous club, Peel.

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Cocoa the kale thief cases her quarry.
Vincent Allegre stands high above the Mediterranean during a trip to the Calanque de Morgious near Marseille.
DOG OF THE WEEK

Early start for Sunday fights

A pub in Nedlands wants to sell booze early on Sunday mornings to punters watching televised fights.

Varsity in the Broadway Fair Shopping centre has applied for an extended trading permit (ETP) to serve alcohol from 6am on Sundays for live telecasts of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events in Las Vegas.

The venue – which has a maximum capacity of 375 people – is currently licensed from 10am on Sundays, when it shows mixed martial arts and other sporting events.

On Facebook last week the bar promoted a “massive card for UFC303!!!” last Sunday, urging customers to “Get in early! It’s going to be huge”.

In its 50-page application to Racing, Gaming and Liquor, Varsity said there was “demand for the ETP to operate during period of 6am and 10am” in line with live screenings of the UFC.

“[Varsity’s] proposed sports entertainment offer during the ETP hours is consistent with the style of entertainment [it] already offers throughout the week ... [and] will remain unchanged,” it added.

“Approval of the ETP will allow the venue to offer UFC fans the opportunity to enjoy this sport live in a social and licensed setting, which is currently not available within the locality.”

The Varsity operators suggest extended early morning trading “will

have a positive impact generally” on local residents because it would “offer live sports entertainment services that has broad appeal throughout the wider community in both these local government areas.”

They add: “It is submitted that the granting of the [ETP] will not cause offence, annoyance, disturbance and/or inconvenience to residents, business owners or persons passing through the locality.”

All 10 Varsity bars across Perth are applying for the same exemption.

Notice of the ETP application to

Racing, Gaming and Liquor was posted on Tuesday June 25, with a deadline of this Monday, July 8, for public feedback and submissions. It is more than 10 years since a spate of drunken and antisocial behaviour by some punters from the bar upset local residents (Booze bogans create havoc, POST, June 29 2013).

Neighbours petitioned Subiaco council to cut back the venue’s midnight closing time to 10pm in a bid to try to stop louts from urinating, vomiting, fighting, littering and shouting outside their homes at night.

Mosman Park people the poor relatives

Mosman Park mayor Paul Shaw lamented the lack of state and federal money the Town receives as the council met to discuss the local budget this week.

“We’ve had to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, whereas lots of other municipalities get showered with riches when they decide they want to build a new pavilion or other infrastructure,” he said.

Referring to analysis released in

nedlands.wa.gov.au

PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed naming of unnamed laneway north of Haldane St, Mt Claremont

The City of Nedlands is seeking feedback on proposed names for an unnamed laneway north of Haldane Street and west of Rochdale Road, Mt Claremont.

Four names have been endorsed by Council for the purpose of advertising.

To view the proposed names and provide feedback please visit yourvoice.nedlands.wa.gov.au

Consultation closes 5pm 30 July 2024. Keri Shannon

Asbestos scare puts hill off-limits

Paths to the top of Swanbourne’s Melon Hill were blocked off this week by fencing warning of asbestos.

High temporary fencing panels with warning signs were erected on every path to the top of the hill that overlooks Allen Park.

A sign said: “Danger Asbestos. Protective clothing must be worn in this area. No unauthorised persons beyond this point.”

A contractor for the Australian Defence Force was asked to erect the fencing.

By Monday, some of the fences had been moved, likely by people who wanted to continue their habitual walk to the top of the hill.

Members of the Melon Hill Group said they had sometimes found bits of asbestos when they dug or weeded in the area, and they marked the areas and informed the City of Nedlands.

They had planned to do some weeding at the top of the hill at their regular Tuesday morning bush care session.

But they changed their plans because they were unable to access the hill.

“There are always weeds to pull, somewhere,” a group member said.

The ADF did not respond to a request for comment.

LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE

December 2021, he told the meeting that the federal seat of Curtin received on average about $11 per voter over three years. Mosman Park residents received around $6.

By comparison, Braddon voters in Tasmania received $1108 per voter over three years.

“We suffer because traditionally Curtin has not been a contested electorate, it has been a very safe Liberal seat.

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A fence blocks one of the Melon Hill paths.
By LLOYD GORMAN
Fans crowd a Varsity venue for the extreme fight events.

Breathe in, breathe out … and thank Sue

“I usually get what I want” – in a good way. Sue

For 54 years, Sue Morey has been putting patients first at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

“I started on February 14, 1970, the eve of my 20th birthday,” she said.

With her hair in a neat bun and a twinkle in her eye, she said: “I was the youngest, and first married, charge nurse in the hospital.

“In those days all the charge nurses were old spinsters who were still living at home with their mothers. A lot of them taught me what not to be like.”

Over the years, she has worked with all the big names of SCGH and respiratory medicine, who may have passed on a piece of advice to each other: “Let Sue Morey have her own way.”

Whether it is a new treatment bed for a patient, a high dependency room, or a tanker of nitrous oxide, Sue is known as someone who can “make things happen”.

“If someone says to me, ‘Hang on, you can’t do that’, I’ll say, ‘Look, this patient is in front of me and I know more about what their needs are more than

Claremont supports station medical centre

Claremont council has thrown its support behind a new $52million medical centre proposed to sit next to the train station.

“We’re always talking about infill but with all these extra people in the state, we’re also going to need a whole lot more medical facilities,” councillor Kate Main said at June’s council meeting.

“It makes sense to have

these sorts of facilities on the railway line.”

Councillor Paul Kelly said it was refreshing to see a relatively low-rise development proposal for the area.

“When you think of transport orientated development, you immediately think eight or 10 storeys and to think you’re getting four storeys on that block is fantastic.”

The WA Planning Commis-

sion will decide whether to approve the new specialist medical centre plans lodged by Australian Development Capital.

DermCo would be the anchor tenant and it would also house the Dermatology Institute for WA.

The site sits next to the Goods Shed and opposite the Claremont on the Park development at Claremont Oval.

anyone. Don’t tell me what I can’t do.’

“And then I usually get what I want,” she said, with another twinkle in her eye.

Sue’s straightforward approach to getting things done meant she was “quite capable of breaking the rules”, according to a former director.

Others said she “just got on with things” and had adapted to the hospital environment as it changed.

“I had really good support from the nursing directors,” she said.

“They gave me the OK to be able to do things. I was in the best position to make things happen.”

She has worked with patients with chronic illnesses including mesothelioma and asthma, and in the days before lung transplants were performed in WA, she looked after more than 100 lung-transplant patients while they waited in Sydney or Melbourne for an organ to become available.

Honour roll

Described as “a wonderful mentor, who teaches with wit, love, skill and intuition”, the Nedlands resident has added another accolade to her highly decorated career, being recently added to the WA Nursing and Midwifery Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll.

Sue still gets looked after by bigwigs – when she mentioned she was sick of traipsing upstairs to access medical files, the multiple bookcases and medical records were moved into her office on the ground floor.

Her present special interest is 200 patients with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that affects the lungs, airways and digestive system.

“They text or ring me and don’t tell me who they are,” she said. “I just recognise their voices.”

Her journey into respiratory medicine was helped by watching two inspiring doctors, Janet Elder and Bob Elphick.

“They were good role models and I liked the way that they managed patients and they were very caring,” she said.

Health hazard

SCGH was initially a respiratory hospital known as Perth Chest Hospital, which had many patients with tuberculosis (TB).

“In those days they used to keep patients in hospital for up to nine months to have continuous treatment because they were a public health hazard, they were infectious,” Sue said.

Dr Elphick had the authority to lock people up if they were going to run away.

“I used to have to lean on them and say, ‘Can you lock this patient’, cos they used to nick off up to the Shenton Park pub.”

She said TB was not the problem it used to be, but even now, people who stopped taking anti-TB drugs or took them incorrectly were contributing to drug-resistant strains.

After so long in the business, Sue has amassed an impressive prize pool of awards and accolades, and has been patron of many respiratory organisations.

There is even a book about her – Making a Difference: The Life and Career of Sue Morey, by Ken Spillman – which was commissioned by the physicians who Sue worked for at the time.

Asked if she had any plans to retire, Sue replied with a cheeky glint in her eye: “Not this week.”

Morey with her biography. Photo: Paul McGovern

Howard spruiks local Lib

Liberal Party members and supporters forked out $975 each to listen to former prime minister John Howard at a fundraising event at UWA in Crawley last week.

Mr Howard, who was prime minister from 1996 until losing his seat of Bennelong in 2007, was in Perth to endorse Liberal candidate Tom White’s bid to take back Curtin from independent Kate Chaney.

The Liberals consider the traditional blue ribbon electorate a must-win seat in the pending federal election.

MC Georgina Fraser started the event, attended by around 200 people, by showing a 1998 photograph of Mr White, a former Uber executive, as a 10-year-old schoolboy dressed as the prime minister of the day.

“It certainly had everyone laughing on the night when Georgina described it as me dressed as my hero,” Mr White told the POST.

“It was at Richmond Primary School and I believe we were all asked to come dressed as a famous Australian.

“My twin brother Nick chose Ned Kelly, but I clearly had different ideas.”

Mr White, 36, and Mr Howard, 84, discussed a range of issues on stage, including nuclear power, productivity, and ‘balancing immigration to improve housing affordability’.

They answered questions from

Govt wants infill in Claremont’s heritage

Claremont is standing firm against state planners trying to force density into the suburb’s heritage areas.

Claremont previously committed to high density in areas such as the football oval on the understanding that its heritage areas be left alone.

The Town has spent four years drafting its new local planning strategy, which will guide development in the town for the next 15 years.

After extensive community consultation, it was submitted to the WA Planning

Commission for review, but came back to council last week with modifications.

“I object to these,” councillor Jill Goetze said.

“The area south of Stirling Highway east is a most inappropriate area to be included in the increased density area, as this is primarily a heritage area.

“There’s very little opportunity for increased density.

“The required growth capacity can be achieved elsewhere. I think it’s entirely unnecessary.”

Staff recommended that the plan be sent back to the WAPC for final approval without

the inclusion of the south of Stirling Highway east as a “planning investigation area”.

Councillors also voted through the staff recommendation to urge the state government to approve what is known as Amendment No. 138. It covers currently unzoned land along Stirling Highway between Loch and Mary Streets.

Claremont has been asking the minister since 2021 to approve the amendment, which would apply a zoning framework to the land.

“These areas [are] exposed

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the floor.

Mr White said many of the guests were aged 30 to 50 years old and party stalwarts told him they had not experienced such a positive atmosphere since the election of the Howard government 28 years ago.

He said he was honoured to have the chance to meet the former prime minister and discuss the future of Australia.

“His insights and experience are invaluable and as relevant as ever as we work to get Curtin and Australia back on track,” he said.

Mr Howard said the aspiring politician had “exceptional calibre”.

“His experience in technology and business, combined with his dedication and connection to the community, make him the ideal representative for Curtin,” Mr Howard said.

“I have no doubt that Tom will bring fresh energy and new ideas to the parliament, and I am proud to support his campaign.”

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The eyebrows have it … Ten-year-old Tom White dressed as his hero John Howard.
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Surf club seeks clarity over Indiana future

Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club will push on with upgrades to its club rooms as Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s interests keep quiet on whether they will still renovate the Indiana and relocate the club’s boatshed.

“The club is disappointed to learn that there now appears to be further setbacks in getting the much-needed upgraded amenities for the Cottesloe beach precinct, including new surf lifesaving club facilities,” the club said in a statement this week.

Last week Cottesloe councillors voted to not support the hotel project on public land behind the Indiana.

The Forrest interests have said repeatedly that upgrading the 1995 Indiana building is conditional on permission being given to construct the 31-room four-storey private

hotel, with swimming pool for guests only.

The basement under the Indiana houses the surf club’s boats and safety equipment.

That space has been earmarked by the Forrests for cafes and toilets.

The proposal would have moved the surf club’s boatshed close to the ocean groyne, where it would sit almost at sea level vulnerable to winter storms.

Tides often wash away the beach up to the sea wall during winter.

The old boatshed near the same spot was smashed open by waves and the surf boats destroyed in 1978.

The current boatshed sits above the stairs that lead down to the main beach. high on the terrace with a steep ramp to the sand.

The Forrest’s development arm Fiveight twice batted away questions about whether

they would still update the Indiana building itself without the hotel.

“Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to provide our life saving services from the outdated facilities we currently operate out of,” the surf club’s statement said.

“While the club waits to see what direction the proposal now takes, we are pleased to inform our members that prior to the start of the new season we will be undertaking renovations to the current first-aid room so that it is bought up to an appropriate standard to conduct our critical lifesaving services from.

“The club remains supportive of an improved Cottesloe Beach precinct, and we are optimistic that there is still a pathway to be found that will deliver a revitalised Cottesloe Beach foreshore that all West Australians can enjoy.”

Claremont link to $1.3m scam

Two Claremont men have been charged over a $1.3million online shipping container and investment fraud scam.

Detectives from the financial crimes squad said hundreds of people from across Australia had fallen victim to the scam between February 2022 and February 2024.

Victims allegedly paid, through several online companies, to buy shipping containers which were never delivered.

The scam was reported to police in WA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

Four people have been charged with 192 offences after an extensive investigation into the “sophisticated property laundering syndicate”.

Long Macs, topped up

Cambridge mayor Gary Mack, pictured, caught up with his Subiaco counterpart last week – 10 months after he was elected to the top job.

Subiaco mayor David McMullen said he was pleased to welcome his opposite number for a coffee and chat last week.

“The topics of conversation were wide-ranging, as you’d expect when two mayors get together,” Mr McMullen said.

“Mayor Mack took a keen interest in what is working well on our council, and the good things happening in our city.”

Cambridge council’s administration said it was an

informal meeting to talk about shared interests.

“They discussed current ongoing projects and longterm planning where the two local government areas overlap or share communities,” a spokesperson said.

“Both mayors agreed to continue their dialogue and meet again to address common issues.”

Within weeks of his election last October Mr Mack met the mayor of Vincent and Perth lord mayor Basil Zempilas. Mr Mack has also met the mayor of Stirling, but not yet with Fiona Argyle at Nedlands.

Small businesses play a crucial role in our local community, and I am determined to stand up for them.

I understand how challenging it can be, having grown up watching my Mum and Dad struggling to keep their small businesses afloat. And if anything, it’s only become more difficult in recent times.

Over recent months, I’ve spoken with many other small business owners, from coffee shops to dry cleaners and pharmacists. They all feel the squeeze from rising costs and high inflation, driven by Labor’s reckless spending, leading to higher interest rates and mortgage payments. This impacts their customers’ spending and, in turn, their bottom line.

Businesses need the government to create an economic environment that boosts, not hinders, their revenue. Labor is failing here.

Of course, no government can guarantee business success, but they can ensure a fairer playing field. And right now, many small businesses I speak to locally feel one thing in particular: frustration.

This frustration comes from the tangled mess of taxes, fees, and regulations that smother so many small businesses. Here’s just a few: Payroll tax (which was meant to be abolished when the GST was introduced), the complexities of fringe benefits tax, the cash flow issues stemming from late payments and GST administration –just to name a few.

Reports suggest that 90% of tax revenue in Australia comes from just 10 of the 125+ taxes charged by the states and federal government. Yet every individual tax creates a compliance burden, which naturally hits small businesses hardest of all.

And this is to say nothing of Labor’s increasingly hostile and complicated workplace laws that will bamboozle even the most experienced small business operators.

A 42-year-old Claremont man was charged with 108 counts of property laundering, one count of possessing prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply (cocaine), and one count of possession of stolen property. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on July 12.

A 31-year-old Claremont man was charged with 40 counts of property laundering and is due in court on July 17.

Police also allege the syndicate obtained funds from victims under the guise of investment opportunities in shares and treasury bonds.

Victims received invoices and instructions which directed them to pay money into bank accounts controlled by one of the accused persons. The illicit funds were then transferred into various crypto-currency wallets.

Police said more than $1.3million has been laundered in WA as a result of these scams, but the total amount of money lost by victims Australia-wide was estimated to be double that.

A 44-year-old Booragoon woman and a 30-year-old Aubin Grove man were also charged.

Ultimately, these compliance and regulatory burdens affect our economy and prosperity. 44% of our workforce is employed in small businesses, which drive more than a third of our economy. Every big business starts small, but today, the scales favour the big guys and the chance of a new small business graduating to become a big business seems more remote than ever.

If you’re running a small business locally, I want to hear from you. Get in touch and let’s talk more about how we can level the playing field and help you grow.

The Forrests’ proposed new boatshed near the Cottesloe beach groyne. The plan has so far been conditional on building a boutique hotel behind the Indiana, a proposal councillors knocked back last week.

Rate hike to green Mosman Park

Mosman Park will lift rates 4.1% this year to help fund the planting of hundreds of new trees and expand the organics waste rollout.

Councillors voted on Tuesday night for the new budget.

Chief of operations Gray Stead told the meeting an extra 250 trees would be planted next season, doubling the current number of trees planted to 500.

An extra $75,000 was set aside in the 2024/25 budget.

Mayor Paul Shaw described it as the first of three budgets that would help the Town meet its long-term goals.

One of those was tripling the number of trees planted in the suburb.

“It’s not just a financial constraint, but watering is also a very substantial part of the cost of nurturing new trees,” he said.

He noted that the Town may have gone too far in consulting

with residents about tree selection for their streets.

“The selection and approval of verge trees is a bit of a convoluted process,” he said.

“We’re going to have to move to a system which is a bit more streamlined so we can get more trees planted on the verge in the places that we want.

“It may not be the first choice for residents in the street, but we need to also take some urgent action, particularly in some streets where verge trees are thin on the ground and make sure they’re the type of trees that can survive and thrive in the current environment.”

The Town would also crack down on vandalism of street trees.

“We did have one incident in Baring Street where a couple of birch trees have been ripped out, which is very disappointing,” Mr Shaw said.

“If we have evidence of anyone doing that, we will very fervently

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Perth probes girls’ poisoning

City of Perth officers are investigating how two children were allegedly served pink insect repellent instead of cranberry juice.

Nedlands residents Michele and Marcus Lemin were out to dinner with their daughters

Forum rezoning set for first step

Government planners look set to start the process next week towards a contentious rezoning plan for tower blocks on residential streets around Floreat Forum Shopping Centre.

The statutory planning committee (SPC) is due to meet on Wednesday to consider a recommendation for the department of planning to advertise the

Precinct Structure Plan prepared by APIL, the shopping centre owners, for public comment.

APIL’s plan was rejected twice by Cambridge council in April and May but was deemed accepted for advertising under state planning rules.

The council voted in May to develop its own PSP for the area, with a first draft expected later this year.

APIL asked the department

on June 12 to advertise its controversial scheme.

If the SPC approves, advertising for APIL’s precinct plan could start within weeks and be finished by mid-September. As part of the advertising process every householder in Floreat as well as homes in Wembley – southwest of the intersection of Herdsman Parade and Selby Street – would get letters about the proposal.

Hannah, 12, and Olivia, 11, to celebrate the start of the school holidays at an Italian restaurant in Broadway Fair, Nedlands.

Both girls ordered cranberry juice.

“They both drank some and spat it out on the table saying: ‘It’s poisonous!’ I told them not to be silly and took my daughter’s glass and drank some,” Ms Lemin said.

“My husband smelled the glass at the same time and ran to the front desk.

“I was spitting it out, yelling to him: ‘It’s chemicals!’”

Mr Lemin demanded to see the bottle that the liquid had come from.

He was shown a bottle of citronella oil mixed with insect repellent.

The girls were taken to Perth Children’s Hospital with stomach pain, a headache and skin tingling.

Ms Lemin said she was

initially so worried about her children that she did not pay attention to her own wellbeing.

When she realised she was suffering the same symptoms, she left the girls and went to nearby Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for treatment.

She and the children were all discharged after several hours under observation.

“This has been a horrific experience,” Ms Lemin said.

A City of Perth spokesperson said officers had begun an investigation into the incident, because the City was responsible for dealing with food-related complaints in the area.

Although Broadway Fair has a Nedlands address, it is technically in Crawley which falls under the management of the City of Perth.

“City of Perth officers spoke with Mr Lemin and have been provided with his initial complaint,” the spokesperson said.

Michele and Marcus Lemin were shocked when their children Hannah and Olivia were served insect repellent, above, at a Nedlands restaurant. Photo: ABC News: Daryna Zadvirna

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Further to John Townsend’s article Too long Dad’s Army (Sporting POST, June 29), about the Australian cricket team.

It is said that it is harder to get out of the Australian cricket team than it is to get in it.

Since announcing his retirement, David Warner has played in more games than John Farnham had farewell tours!

Meanwhile, the selectors’ apparent preference for ageing cricketers has blocked the path forward for the young talent who slog it out all summer around Australian ovals. Struth, to miss the Twenty20 World Cup semifinals is unAustralian!

The same could be said for the West Coast Eagles. Darling, Gaff and Sheed have been terrific troopers, but it was time for them to fly the nest a while ago.

They would leave the team with a shining legacy, which will continue to tarnish if the “best team on paper” can kick only four goals in a home match against the Hawks and lose by 61 points.

Remnants of Dad’s Army are not part of the next nest of soaring Eagles. Yet emerging talents are sometimes selected and then dropped in the following week or two.

Leadership management is all about being flexible and adapting to ever-evolving conditions.

Cricket Australia and the

West Coast Eagles management need to have a look at their operation models and particularly, their decision-makers. Being “risk averse” is not always the best option. If you snooze you lose!

Forrestry 101

Well-known philanthropist Andrew Forrest is at it again, playing the long game as he did with UWA/Forrest Lodge. Originally intended for visiting academics’ accommodation, it is now operated by an international hotel chain and now includes a restaurant/bar. I received a brochure for it last week. It is likely Mr Forrest will let

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Out of touch with ratepayers

It is disappointing that some Nedlands councillors think ratepayers should be easily able to afford an extra 9.5% in the coming year.

Living in Nedlands does not automatically guarantee a high income. Many, particularly pensioners, are already struggling with the increasing cost of living.

Nedlands council has the responsibility to consult with ratepayers (their shareholders), not just on the proposed rates increase but also to restore confidence in its own management.

Its 2023/24 budget forecast a loss of just over $1million, after a surplus of $2.86million in the previous year.

The major negative budget impacts appear to be employee costs increasing by 9% and a reduction in capital grants of $700,000, already reduced by

Baa-baa backflip

Kate Chaney has just performed an Olympic gold medal gymnastics performance with her triple twisted backwards somersault on the future of live sheep exports.

the Indiana become rundown, as there was no mention about its upkeep after his boutique hotel proposal was voted down.

We can expect to watch this once iconic building become more decrepit, to the point where he will relodge his hotel application a few months or years down the track, and voila!

Philanthropy it ain’t.

Bruce Coleman Cuthbert Street, Shenton Park

Sydney

Back in 2023 the Curtin MP organised a round-table meeting with the RSPCA, vets and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council to hear and understand the pros and cons of the live sheep export trade. The end result was that she decided this trade should end.

Apparently after recently listening to her electorate last week she voted against the Albanese government’s plan to

$1.4million in the previous year. Ratepayers require more information before meaningful consultation on rates can begin.

The coming-year budget on which the 9.5% rates increase was based should be disclosed, together with the actual results for 2023/24 when available. We need further information on costs, particularly the 65% of rates consumed in employee costs.

What is the ratio of employees to residents?

Background to the reduction in capital grants is essential. Ratepayers need to be reassured that the City is being managed effectively, rather than becoming a struggling enterprise, as would be indicated by the disclosed financial results and reports of management discord.

Barry Nunn Loneragan Street, Nedlands

phase out the industry.

What changed from her 2023 meeting?

Nothing on the subject matter but purely self-preservation, which is a major characteristic of every politician and that’s why they can’t be trusted by the electorate.”

Bruce Strang Tighe Street, Jolimon

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Say what you think about glamping in Kings Park

The Friends of Kings Park management committee is opposed to the trial of short-term accommodation in the park. Tiny dongas in carparks, surrounded by ugly black screens, in the Botanic Garden precinct are inconsistent with the primary purpose of botanic gardens, which is to cultivate, conserve and display flora and to connect people to our natural environment.

Kings Park is known as the People’s Park. It is a place where everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the

natural beauty and connect with the environment.

Restricting sections of the botanic garden to provide high-priced accommodation for a select few does not align with this vision.

The Friends are running a survey to gauge reaction to the trial, which runs until the end of the month. Have your say. Go to friendsofkingspark.com.au/support-us/ trial-accommodation.

Chris Olney president, Friends of Kings Park

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Someone’s having a bad spell

The POST last week raised the matter of the challenge facing Subiaco council and its supplier in the spelling of Haydn Bunton Drive (Puntin’ the Bunton error).

It’s not just Subi. Some time ago I queried the spelling of Moondine Drive in Wembley with the City of Stirling. Was this just a typo, I asked, or did the naming recognise someone other than bushranger Moondyne Joe?

I received the following reply: “Yes, it was to honour Bushranger Moondyne Joe, but it was spelt incorrectly, and the street name was approved on the 31st of August 1971.”

Let’s see, that’s, um … almost 53 years they’ve had so far to correct it.

Rod Easdown Marlow Street, Wembley

Nedlands only for the rich?

Going by the report Neds cops 9.5% rate rise (POST, June 29), although staff recommended a rate rise of 5%, councillors voted 5-2 to advertise for public comment rates based on 9.5 % increase.

Justifications given for this when a majority of ratepayers, especially the elderly who constitute more than 20% of the residents, are struggling with the increased cost of living, are vague statements like “the place is falling apart”, and “if you want to live in a place that is pleasant, it costs money”.

To add insult to injury, it is reported that one councillor stated that ratepayers who cannot afford the increased rates should move to where rates are affordable.

Many of the elderly have lived

in Nedlands and paid the rates for 30, 40 and even more than 50 years. Are they to relocate now because the council wants more money “to fix things in Nedlands”?

Councillors are supposed to be the elected representatives of the residents, but when such sentiments are accepted by a majority one wonders who they are really representing – the rich with big bank balances?

Ratepayers who feel that a 9.5% increase is excessive should write to the CEO and councillors before July 26, objecting to the proposed rates. If this 9.5% increase is voted in, it could become the new norm.

Rajah Senathirajah Mountjoy Road, Nedlands

About face

Kudos to Kate Chaney for her astonishing flexibility! One moment the Curtin MP is a staunch defender of animal rights, and the next she is bending over backwards to accommodate community pressure that, incidentally, she should have been very well aware of.

Her abrupt shift on the live sheep export issue showcases a remarkable ability to abandon principles when convenient.

If her aim is to be the epitome of the politician who stands for nothing and will say anything to stay in power, she’s certainly succeeded.

Chris Davis Finishline View, Floreat

Blot on the landscape ... One of the three Heyscape Tiny Cabins being trialled this month in Kings Park. Photo: Friends of Kings Park
Misspelled street sign, top, and Joe’s tombstone in Fremantle Cemetery.

Pines on the line

The current Andrew Forrest building project at the foot of Salvado Street, Cottesloe, has a large boarded-off verge section with the space behind densely populated with work containers around a couple of norfolk island pines.

One of the pines in particular looks rather distressed, to no surprise. It probably would have preferred to be designated “Keep Off”, the caution afforded to another pine a bit further along.

Will those boarded up pines survive their current situation? Will they be adequately (like for like) replaced should they perish? Will that whole big project spanning several blocks leave us with a sense of restoration rather than insensitive destruction?

Meanwhile, I applaud the mayor and majority of Cottesloe councillors for rejecting the Forrests’ proposal for a boutique hotel between the iconic Indiana building and Marine Parade.

It is and always was the only

BELOW: The controversial Forrest Hall buildings in Crawley/ Matilda Bay.

morally, legally and ethically right decision to make. Anything else would have been fundamentally wrong, utterly destructive and entirely unforgivable.

Cott beachfront a shameful case of neglect, govt help needed

Delays, indecision and backflips on the facilities and services of our great Cottesloe Beach are inexcusable.

It is embarrassing for interstate and international visitors to be confronted by substandard, outdated and insufficient toilets, exacerbated during the growing number of events, including the annual swims along the coast and to Rottnest, and loud music happenings.

Swimmers, kids, parents, surf lifesavers and visitors hobble over sharp pavement along the foreshore, queue for three beachside showers and go without innovations such as lockers.

Showers in the changerooms offer cold water and only if users hold in a button the whole time.

the family swim area.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent maintaining the iconic tower-at-sea, ahead of health and safety improvements on the land.

The state government has a big role to play here at one of WA’s major attractions. Local ratepayers cannot be expected to solely fund health and safety and tourism facilities for the hundreds of thousands of people who come to the area from outside Cottesloe.

G. Gmeinder

St Leonard’s Street, Mosman Park

Mr Forrest has already appropriated a large portion of previously open public land at Matilda Bay – precious recreational and natural space lost to the people and the public. It must be enough. Some things money just must not be able to buy.

Neds ratepayers’ lament: Why are we waiting?

The “pending” trays on desks at Nedlands council must be reaching new heights.

Several years ago  I wrote to the council about the parking problems in Asquith Street and I was assured a project was planned to alleviate the issue. NO action has been taken.

Residents in Acacia Lane

have been lobbying for ages to get the lane properly sealed and I read in a recent POST that they’ve taken the matter into their own hands and done some repairs themselves. NO action by the council.

And three months ago I sought some action for road markings in Rochdale Road after a resealing

job took three months and ended last December. You guessed it, NO action by the council.   Have the staff been frozen in time?

Or are works in Coastal ward given lower priority than other wards, such as Dalkeith?

Roy Stall Rochdale Road, Mt Claremont

Improvements have been made to the grassed areas and to the magnificently wide steps onto the sand. But remodelling of the northern side of Indiana awaits action and, meanwhile, massive crowds go without sun protection.

Beach volleyball nets are strung across the main swimming beach area. Surely they could be placed well north of

City Beach and Scarborough move with the times, with access to warm and cold showers, safe walking paths, health and adequate changerooms and toilets and outside showers, swimming pools, wide modelled sitting areas, food markets and generous space for surf lifesaving activities.

Those of us who have spent our lives around one of the world’s greatest beaches are ashamed and angry at the nonadministration of a jewel in the state’s crown.

Nedlands Council - 9.5% Rates Rise - You Have To Be Joking.

The graphs below show what can only be described as massive, financial abuse which the City of Nedlands has inflicted on its community over the years I have been taking a close interest in its affairs. To add another 9.5% to that abuse would be an absolute travesty. Can any member of the community point to any usable service or facility which justifies this massive impost. Quite clearly the administration is massively overstaffed for that provided and used by the community. Recently a very frustrated Mayor indicated to me in a phone call, the current staffing situation is much worse than that demonstrated here.

Fellow Nedlands residents, look after your welfare, particularly your financial welfare and strongly communicate your objections to the rates increase to the council/administration immediately. Clearly most of your elected representatives need strongly reminding of their responsibilities to us, the Nedlands community.

The above graph clearly demonstrates the massive financial abuse which has been inflicted on the Nedlands community by the operation of the city administration. Rates have risen over 400% (more than 5 times CPI) whilst our CPI has gone up 80%, and average weekly earnings 150%. This has been done by stealth so it tends not to be noticed, just unending annual increases well above CPI, each uncomfortable, painful, but you have no choice but to pay up. Sensible analysis suggests that the current rates demanded by the city are more than double that which would be reasonable in meeting the needs of the community. Over the years that is a lot of money out of each household. The proportion of household incomes demanded by the City has more than doubled, almost trebled.

The above graph summarises the staffing situation at the City of Nedlands. From the beginning, if it had average quality management delivering average results for labour productivity improvement in line with the average for the economy we should see a staff around the level of the lower line. If you look around over the years you would have seen productivity improvements in virtually every area of our economy, about 2% per annum long term average. You see it at Woolies, Coles the local service station. Remember, very little has realistically changed in terms of services, facilities provided by the City, and the vast majority of us, the community, just use the roads, footpaths, street lighting and refuse collection.

The upper line shows the actual situation which demonstrates massive overstaffing, about 90 FTE (full time equivalent), which would need to be explained in terms of what value they deliver to the broad community. The starting point was determined a detailed study by Gerard Daniels Australia to determine the appropriate staffing level for the City to meet the needs of the community at that point.

Laurie Taylor Past Mayor, City of Nedlands.
ABOVE: A couple of norfolk island pines sit precariously amid construction containers on the corner of Marine Parade and Salvado Street.
Lee Tate Lisle Street, Mt Claremont
The Indiana toilets in 2018. The Forrests, who lease the building, have been given six months to address maintenance issues.

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The Goal Setter

Introducing the goal setters: motivated, strategic, and earnest. You have your sights firmly set on your dream home and are working diligently towards it. Every dollar you put away, every piece of research you gather about the housing market and mortgage payments brings you one step closer to your dream.

The Investigator

The detectives of the home buying world, no stone is left unturned in your quest to know everything about a potential home. Equipped with a trove of knowledge, you view home buying as a mission that requires precision, scrutiny, and an exhaustive understanding of every single aspect of the home.

The Enlightened

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Slow Subi streets to save lives

Speed limits will drop to 40kmh in two busy Subiaco areas under a new road safety project.

New speed signs, raised ‘wombat’ crossings and other features will be installed in streets near Perth Modern School and Bob Hawke College, as well several blocks in Subi Centro.

A mini roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Subiaco and Coghlan roads outside Bob Hawke College with brick paved entry statements also proposed at seven busy intersections.

Statistics for Subiaco show 2018 had the highest tally of accidents in recent years, with 14 fatal and serious injury crashes, 53 casualty crashes and 311 property damage only.

There were four serious, 29 casualty and 223 property crashes in 2022.

Nearly 1500 crashes occurred between 2018 and 2022, including 37 fatal or serious, 208 with casualties and 1250 property only.

Reducing vehicle speed is expected to reduce injuries and deaths.

Public consultation on the proposal – details of which can be found on the Subiaco council website – will run until July 17.

“It is evident from various studies that vehicular speed is the most common contributing factor for severe crashes occurring in our local streets and intersections,” according to information for the Urban Road Safety Program, funded by Main Roads WA, working with Subiaco council.

Maintenance a mountain to climb

Another Nedlands maintenance failure has disappointed kids who love to climb.

Harry, 10, and Ben Spehr, 8, and Thomas Ng, 3, were enjoying the first week of school holidays with an outing to Masons Gardens in Nedlands.

But while young Thomas was happy with a nearby swing, the older boys said they would like to use the free-standing pyramid-climbing frame.

The climbing frame has been fenced off for months, according to Nedlands councillor Noel Youngman.

Long grass has grown up through flaccid orange bunting, which is strung up around the playground on plastic poles.

“It doesn’t look very broken,” said Harry, as he inspected the climbing frame from outside the flimsy barrier.

Kid safety ends box tree

A couple have won the right to remove a Cottesloe street tree so they can build a wide driveway across their verge.

Katie and Simon Mackoski pleaded to the council to let them build a double-width driveway for their cars to enter the garage of their new Lillian Street house (Couple want to axe the box, POST, June 22).

Ms Mackoski spoke at last Tuesday’s council meeting and said it was a matter of safety with many young children, including her own, living on

the street.

She also said the queensland box tree was not thriving because it was living in the shadow of another tree planted at one end of the verge of the narrow 10m-wide block.

A 5.47m-wide driveway will replace it, instead of the singlecar width drive recommended by council engineers.

Three new trees must be planted in Cottesloe at the couple’s cost.

None of their neighbours opposed the tree’s removal, Ms Mackoski said.

The vote narrowly passed 4-3.

A council notice on plasticcovered paper was attached to the bunting.

“Playground closed due to repairs,” it said.

“As a precaution, the playground will be closed until further notice pending inspection and maintenance.

“Significant delays in undertaking repair work may occur due to supply issues. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

The Spehr boys’ grandmother said they loved to climb and it would be good if the playground was repaired.

“It has been broken for a long time,” she said.

And she suggested that a barbecue should be installed in the park.

Grounded … Ben Spehr, 8, Thomas Ng, 3, and Harry Spehr, 10, want the playground to be fixed.
The box tree in the way of a doublewide driveway.

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Biker v car in Cottesloe

A motorcyclist in his 30s injured an ankle and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital after a crash in Cottesloe on Sunday afternoon.

The collision, between a car and a motorbike, was on the corner of Eric and Gordon streets at 4.40pm last Sunday.

A witness said the car’s left rear door was badly damaged, possibly by the impact of the motorcyclist.

Debris from the crash was spread across the road.

The motor bike rider was “yelping” with pain as St John Ambulance paramedics put him on a stretcher, the witness said.

The rider’s injuries were not life threatening, according to St John.

Police are investigating.

Charges after CCTV vision

Police have charged a man with trespass and stealing from a parked vehicle after an incident on Tower Street, West Leederville on Sunday, June 9.

A resident who said her car had been broken into supplied police with vision from a security camera.

“Thanks to the vigilance

in this community for reporting crime to police and my relatively new CCTV has been worth every cent,” she said.

A 39-year-old man was arrested in Burswood last week and charged by Perth detectives.

He was refused bail and was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.

Look out for ginger ninja

A man who allegedly stole ginger beer from a Subiaco liquor store is wanted for questioning by police.

Police said a man went into the Station Street liquor store about 6pm on Wednesday June 12, selected a 10-pack of ginger beer from a fridge and allegedly left the shop without making an attempt to pay.

The man was described as average build, light skinned with light hair and stubble, and wearing a grey/blue jumper, dark shorts, a dark hat and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime

Trunk call disappoints

A trunk full of free books was stolen from a Claremont second-hand shop at the weekend.

The trunk of books is usually left outside the Magpie Conscious Collective Secondhand Clothing shop on Ashton Avenue.

But when shop staff arrived at work they were disappointed to find the entire collection, and the trunk it was stored in, had been taken.

A sign in the window said: “Our book box has been stolen again! Does anyone know anything about this?”

While the books were free, the proprietors were disappointed by the theft of the trunk.

Police would like to speak to this man.

Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www. crimestopperswa.com. au and quote Reference Number 11506.

Is crash on your dash?

Police are seeking dashcam footage of a crash on Mounts Bay Road in Perth last month. A BMW sedan collided with a small white Hino truck on June 12 before hitting the kerb multiple times and crashing into a tree.

The driver and passenger of the BMW, both 47, were taken to hospital for treatment.

Police are asking for dashcam footage of Mounts Bay Road between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, on the day.

Anyone with information can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Spotlight on cost of pines

Cottesloe council has voted down a proposal to tell ratepayers of an estimate of the high cost of retaining the suburb’s avenues of norfolk island pines.

Councillor Chilla Bulbeck tried last week to persuade the council to include an estimate of nearly $2million a year to protect the trees from drought and disease over their lifetimes.

But mayor Lorraine Young told the meeting that the estimated cost was  a “speculative and unbalanced worst possible scenario”, and ignored the cost of alternative species which were also susceptible to disease.

“A rate increase of almost $2million is a significant cost, one which would potentially influence survey respondents concerning how many, if any, norfolk island pines they believe the Town should invest in sustaining in an increasingly challenging climate,” Ms Bulbeck said.

The council was discussing advertising its green strategy, which included street trees and possibly trees on private property, (Cott pines for green future, POST June 22).

The online survey, which started this week, will run until late August.

Ms Bulbeck said the council should tell ratepayers that the cost of treatment to make the pines climate resistant was $2760 for each tree more than

One of the avenues of norfolk pines that help define Cottesloe.

They were becoming susceptible to declining rainfall, rising temperature and parasite invasion, the meeting was told. Previous meetings had been told that when weakened by drought, the trees became vulnerable to an airborne fungus that has killed some of them.

Ms Bulbeck said an informed community could make better decisions about maximising species appropriate to the changing climate.

The significant cost would potentially influence survey respondents considering how many, if any, norfolk island pines the council should invest in.

Ms Young said the council could be criticised by the community if it presented the worst case scenario.

Ms Bulbeck’s motion was defeated, with the council voting to approve its community engagement plan that it has published and is now advertising for public comment, until August 25.

Subiaco-based Aboriginal theatre company Yirra Yaakin was front and centre of a recent debate in federal parliament.

Curtin MP Kate Chaney spruiked the local indigenous group last week while discussing the addition of new sections in the Creative Australia Bill, passed last year as part of a new national cultural policy called Revive.

She said a number of people from Yirra Yaakin were involved in consultation about the new Bill.

“Yirra Yaakin, which means ‘stand tall’ in Noongar, is Australia’s biggest Aboriginalled theatre company,” Ms Chaney said.

“It was established in 1993

with a successful funding application, three staff members and the aim to provide the Aboriginal community with an artistic outlet for positive self-determination.

“Since then, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company has evolved into a respected cultural leader and artistic hub for Aboriginal people from all over WA, Australia and around the world.”

She said education and community programs run by the group help to support and mentor indigenous trainees to develop their skills and work in the Australia theatre sector. It also offers youth-focused productions and conducted workshops across the state.

Kate Chaney, left, WA Senator Sue Lines, left middle, and arts minister Tony Burke, centre, visited the Yirra Yaakin team in Subi earlier this year.

Bushcare volunteers awash with water demand

The contractor hired to water newly planted saplings in Mosman Park is unsatisfactory, a volunteer bushcare group has told the council.

Sue Conlan from Friends of Mosman Park Bushland told councillors last month that newly planted young trees were not being given enough water over summer.

For this reason the volunteer group was watering the trees themselves.

That left members little time to do everything else they needed to do, such as collecting seeds and weeding.

“We are finding the summer follow-up watering by the Town’s watering contractors is unsatisfactory,” she said.

“We are spending our three-

hour weekly busy bee from November to June watering with minimal time for weeding, seed collection, direct seeding, sleeve maintenance and monitoring.

“Without drawing breath we’ve gone straight into planting.”

She said council staff had taken a good deal of time to select and procure the most suitable plants in each area, which the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland had helped to plant.

“Our volunteer group commit to as much of the planting as possible so that the plants have the best start by being planted early in the season, with deep bowls for watering and the correct positions for light, shade and dimensions,” she said.

“But we cannot commit with follow-up weeding and watering to all those sites,” she said.

She asked the council if it would commit to more funding for watering contractors that watered “in a way that sustains the survival of the planting”.

“This would require contractors getting out of their vehicles and soft watering,” she said.

Chief of operations Gray Stead said the Town believed in maintaining a strong relationship with the bushcare group and supporting it by providing tube stock, the loan of the water cart, and undertaking the preparation of new planting sites.

It paid for a contractor to water the plant stock from late October to March.

“This watering is important and (the Town) will monitor the contract to ensure the newly planted tube stock is watered appropriately,” he said.

FOGO rollout strikes a snag

Manu Cambridge residents are still waiting for their foodscraps kitchen caddies, weeks after they received their new green-lidded bins.

The Town’s food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste collection began on July 1. Residents had expected to have their kitchen caddies to collect food scraps by the end of June.

They have only received their green top FOGO bins.

A Cambridge spokesperson said there were delays in delivering the caddies for the FOGO rollout.

They did not answer a question

about why.

“We aim to complete deliveries in July and appreciate residents’ patience,” the spokesperson said.

“Residents awaiting their kitchen caddy can immediately use their green-lid FOGO bins for food and garden waste by collecting food waste in any container lined with newspaper, paper bags or compostable liners before transferring them to the FOGO bin.

“Alternatively, food waste can be added directly into the FOGO bin.”

Residents with further queries are encouraged to email FOGO@ cambridge.wa.gov.au or call the FOGO hotline on 9285 3128.

Cambridge mayor Gary Mack with a kitchen caddie ad FOGO bin. Photo: Paul McGovern

Fred and Jean are big on bugs

Few people can say they have had an insect named in their honour.

But retired teachers Fred and Jean Hort can. Several insects, and plants, have been named after them.

They have dedicated a lifetime to studying and conserving WA’s plants and animals.

As parks and wildlife volunteers for more than 30 years they have helped to collect more than 5000 plant specimens for the WA

Herbarium.

They specialise in recording new locations of rare and littleknown flora.

As WA Museum research adjuncts since 2011 they have also contributed to the collection of more than 15,000 WA insect specimens – part of a world-wide taxonomic project.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many of these specimens were previously undescribed species.

This Tuesday evening, July 9,

the couple will be at The Palms Community Centre in Subiaco to present at the monthly general meeting of the Wildflower Society’s Perth branch. They will describe their most recent observations of WA flora and fauna, including pollinating flies and butterflies, orchids and carnivorous plants.

Doors open at 7.45 for an 8pm start, with a $3 donation including a chance to win the door prize. All welcome.

China honours UWA Nobel Laureate

The University of Western Australia’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall, has been honoured with one of China’s most prestigious awards for his work to promote scientific and technological co-operation between China and Australia.

Prof. Marshall is the fifth Australian and second UWA academic (after Adjunct Professor Franco Pirajno in 2015), to receive the China International Science and Technology Co-operation Award.

He is recognised globally for his discovery of the Helicobacter pylori bacterium and its association with peptic ulcer diseases. His discovery revolutionised the understanding and treatment of stomach ulcers and related conditions and cut the bacterium’s prevalence to less than 15% in Australia. He later shifted his focus to China where he led large-scale clinical trials. China accounts for half of the world’s gastric cancer cases.

Prof. Marshall’s work enhanced medical diagnostics and treatments in China and the establishment of

the Marshall Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering at Shenzhen University.

Since 2017 he has hosted visiting doctors, technicians and scholars from China at UWA. He recently accepted the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Fred and Jean Hort, pictured in 1975, will talk about WA’s flora and fauna on July 9.
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Volunteers surround food forest with 150 tree saplings

Volunteers at the City Beach Community Food Forest have been busy planting trees.

Their efforts followed revelations that the greater Perth metropolitan area, including the Town of Cambridge, had the lowest tree canopy of any similar area across Australia.

Volunteer Klara Bungey said volunteers from the City Beach Community Food Forest, with a sister group that works on Rottnest Island, planted almost 150 saplings in and around the food forest area on Saturday morning, June 29.

“As with the recent outstanding Coast Care plantings on the beach dunes, it will be very rewarding to watch these natives grow and rehabilitate the sand dunes area around our community food forest,” Klara said.

The food forest is on Town of Cambridge land at the north end of Fred Burton Drive in

City Beach, near the junction with West Coast Highway.

The project was sparked by City Beach home gardener and food grower Michael Collier, and launched in December 2021.

It has continued to grow with support from the Town of Cambridge and donations by firms including Bunnings.

It now has more than 600 members.

It is an open space on which fruit and nut trees, annual vegetables and bush tucker plants are grown for the local community to enjoy, and to learn what can be grown in their area.

Working bees are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 to 10am. All welcome. For more information look up Community Food Forest Inc – City Beach and Surrounds on Facebook.

Travellers rate Kings Park as nation’s best thing to do

Kings Park and Botanic Garden has taken the crown as Australia’s best attraction for visitors.

Kings Park took off the top spot in the 2024 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for things to do, beating the Sydney Opera House and all the botanic gardens in other states.

Kings Park was one of only two Australian attractions to receive a five-star rating based on almost 12,500 reviews on the holiday accommodation website.

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Jo Metcalf, director of experience at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, said the organisation was thrilled that visitors to Kings Park and botanic garden loved it as much as authority staff did.

“WA flora is like no other in the world, and here at Kings Park we are immensely proud to have the Western Australian Botanic Garden that showcases and conserves more than 3000 of our state’s unique species,” she said.

“The team at Kings Park,

including horticulturists, turf management, arbor, bushland, visitor services and infrastructure, work extremely hard to create a green paradise in the heart of Perth city.”

She encouraged visitors from around Australia and the world to enjoy the park’s gardens, rich Noongar cultural heritage, bushland trails, lookouts and family areas.

Explore more of Kings Park’s attractions and gardens at www. bgpa.wa.gov.au.

Visitors enjoying the winter sun at popular Kings Park on Tuesday. Photo: Paul McGovern
Volunteers have planted 150 saplings near the City Beach Community Food Forest.

Lest we forget to make an online memorial

Shenton Park World War I researcher and enthusiast

Luca Muir Anderson, 19, wants people to get online to help him create a virtual memorial to the members of the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion.

“I want a detailed story of each soldier’s life,” he said.

“I want a place where everyone can find historical information easily and that is built by the community.”

He said volunteers with no historical experience can easily learn how to do a record of a soldier through his website, 44battalionmemorial.com.

They can “adopt a soldier” - recording and transcribing often handwritten documents of soldiers from the battalion, turning them into a complete story.

“The goal of the project is to detail and commemorate the stories and lives of every individual soldier who served in the 44th Battalion during World War I, through multiple projects including the online memorial,” Luca said.

“Volunteers will get the satisfaction of having helped save that soldier’s memory from being forgotten.

“It’s as simple as pressing a button and then you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to find that soldier.”

For Luca, the virtual memorial project is personal.

“My great-grandfather John McKeon served in the 44th and was gassed during the German

Spring Offensive in 1918,” he said.

Other projects Luca has in the pipeline for commemorating his grandfather’s battalion include running with the 44th Australian infantry battalion banner for 2101km (in memory of the 2101 soldiers who served with the 44th) through every shire and local government area of WA.

He also plans to make a documentary and publish a book and will hold a large commemorative service in November.

He would one day like there to be a physical memorial to the battalion.

For more go to 44battalionmemorial.com and click “volunteer”.

Scientists discover cells that control blood-brain barrier

Researchers at the Perron Institute and the University of Western Australia (UWA) have discovered a new set of cells that can protect what is known as the blood-brain barrier.

Their findings have just been published in the journal Science Advances.

Professor Minghao Zheng, head of brain and bone research at the Perron Institute and UWA, said:

“The blood-brain barrier is a network of blood vessels that supplies essential nutrients to the brain and protects it from circulating toxins and pathogens.

“With age, or in brain disorders,

the function of the blood-brain barrier is reduced.”

He said the scientists had identified a new type of brain cell that could control the blood-brain barrier’s integrity.

The findings provided a focus for a treatment to be developed for when the blood-brain barrier broke down due to ageing and disease.

Prof. Zheng published the findings with local scientists including Dr Delin Liu and Associate Professor Junjie Gao, as well as Professor Changqing Zhang, director of the National Centre for Orthopaedics in the Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital.

HAPPS celebrate NAIDOC Week with art giveaway competition

Happs Margaret River has a long and proud connection with the cultural heritage of First Nations people.

The well-loved winery’s viticultural practices are inspired by the wisdom of local indigenous practices.

And for more than a decade, Happs has championed First Nations culture with its distinctive iSeries wine collection, with labels featuring artwork from Warlukurlangu artists.

This community-focused initiative showcases the expressive art of Ricardo and benefits the broader Warlukurlangu artist community by providing a platform to share their rich cultural stories with a broader audience.

“Our partnership with the Warlukurlangu artists is built on mutual respect and a shared commitment to sustainability and cultural preservation,” said Stacey Lewis, Sales and Marketing Manager at Happs Margaret River.

“We are proud to support these incredible artists by bringing their stories to life through our wines.”

The prize is Ricardo’s artwork titled Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming).

Ricardo’s artworks are inspired by his Father’s Emu Dreaming stories, passed down for generations.

Using a vibrant palette, Ricardo depicts traditional iconography on canvas, seamlessly bridging tradition with contemporary expression.

To enter for a chance to win the original masterpiece, simply purchase any bottle from the Happs iSeries wine collection either online or from your favorite wine store, keep your receipt, and upload it to the competition page at: happs.com.au/pages/ iseries-competition.

To celebrate upcoming NAIDOC Week, Happs is giving away an original piece of artwork by the emerging Warlukurlangu artist, Ricardo Jampijinpa Gallagher.

THE COMPETITION ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 14 JULY 2024.

Luca Muir Anderson, 19, is building a virtual memorial to the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion.
Photo: Paul McGovern
Professor Minghao Zheng in the Perron Institute lab.

Sixty years of respiratory care in WA

July is a special month for Asthma WA as the organisation marks 60 years since it began caring for West Australians.

It began in July 1964 with meetings in various locations until what was then the Asthma Foundation of WA opened permanent headquarters on Heytesbury Road, Subiaco.

In 1999, with Lotteries funding, it bought 36 Ord Street, West Perth, where it remains headquartered today.

The Asthma Foundation later became known as Asthma WA, and has just changed its name again to Respiratory Care WA.

The change is because the organisation’s respiratory specialists are seeing an increasing occurrence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to lung damage

caused by smoking and vaping.

An organisation spokeswoman said COPD was a leading cause of hospitalisations in Australia.

Asthma is also a chronic condition which affects one in nine Australians.

There are about 40,000 people in WA with COPD, and the spokeswoman said more than half of them would die because of it.

In 60 years Respiratory Care WA has helped more than 300,000 West Australians with asthma or COPD – nearly 70% of whom were unaware they had a respiratory condition, the spokeswoman said. It has educated 150,000 teachers and supported vulnerable communities including indigenous Australians in regional WA.

Curious about the Cocos?

Cocos Islands, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, has become a popular holiday destination for its tropical climate and pristine beaches. But its colourful history will be outlined at the July 8 Subiaco Probus Club meeting by the Rev. Rob Healy, who in the late 1980s lived there with his wife Kaue and taught history and geography at the high school, attended by the Malay descendants of the original coconut plantation workers from the early 1800s. Rob took a great interest in the islands’ history. An English adventurer landed there in 1609, and the John

Clunies-Ross family was said to “reign” there from 1897 until the territory was transferred to the Australian government in 1955. The islands’ economy is based on the production and export of copra. The lime deposits were acquired by the Australian and New Zealand governments in 1948. Visitors are welcome to attend the Probus Club meeting at the Lake Monger Recreation Centre, 144 Gregory Street. A brief club meeting at 10am will be followed by morning tea and Rob’s presentation at 11am. Entry is $5 cash. RSVP by emailing kerryeivers@yahoo. com.au or phone 9381 1306.

Rug up and join in a free morning walk with the Friends of Lake Claremont next Thursday, July 11, and Monday July 22. The walks start at 10am and go for about 45 minutes. Meet at the end of Lapsley Road at the Tree of Wonder statue outside the Tee Box. Walks will be cancelled if it is raining. For details, email the Friends of Lake Claremont on folc.wa@gmail.com or check their Facebook page.

Warm up with a winter’s walk at Lake Claremont
Respiratory Care WA CEO Anne Hallam, left, has her lung function tested by respiratory specialist Aoifi Lowe.
Enjoy the winter’s beauty of Lake Claremont with a guided morning walk.
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‘Harmful’ embargo lifts on field notes

The field notes of anthropologists Catherine and Ronald Berndt have finally become accessible to indigenous communities after a 30-year embargo on them was lifted last month.

The significant archive of indigenous history and cultural knowledge had been inaccessible since 1994 when Catherine bequeathed their field notes to the University of Western Australia, with the requirement that they be embargoed until May 13, 2024.

Compiled from around 1939 to 1985, the notes detail the Berndts’ fieldwork throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea, and contain valuable cultural knowledge for many communities they visited.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Amit Chakma said the lifting of the embargo was a significant milestone for UWA.

“These communities have a right to access their cultural knowledge and we acknowledge the harm this long embargo has caused,” Prof. Chakma said.

The Berndts’ collection of cultural material, art and archives is one of many in the care of UWA’s Berndt Museum, which holds one of the world’s most significant collections of indigenous cultural material.

In 2020, the museum moved from UWA’s Department of Anthropology to the university’s

Pro Vice-Chancellor (indigenous education) Prof. Jill Milroy said the move recognised the need for indigenous collections to be cared for by indigenous people and adhere to cultural protocols.

“The embargo has caused significant pain to many indigenous peoples and communities, and

it’s important that communities are able to gain access to their cultural knowledge,” Prof. Milroy said.

“We’ll be working directly with indigenous communities and their representatives to determine what wider access is culturally appropriate.”

The Berndt Field Notes

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A 30-year embargo on culturally sensitive field notes by anthropologists Catherine, left, and Ronald Berndt, above, pictured in Warburton in 1959, has been lifted.

Archive includes roughly 470 notebooks and a series of loose pages, totalling about 45,000 pages.

While the original notes are now very fragile, most were digitised and indexed as part of the original bequest. Further information about the field notes, a list of communities and locations visited by the Berndts, and access protocols is available on the Berndt Museum’s website Field Notes (uwa.edu.au).

Put something in the bank for hearing

Subiaco-based Ear Science Institute Australia has secured half a million dollars in Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) funding to develop a WAheadquartered “biobank” to advance genetic therapies for childhood and adult hearing loss.

The Australasian Hearing Registry and Biobank (AHRB) will be the first of its kind in Australia to store tissue related to genetic-associated hearing loss.

Hearing loss affects one in every six Australians, and genetic disorders account for about 50 per cent of those.

Recent breakthroughs in gene therapies have highlighted the potential success of new treatments.

The biobank will allow increased access to genetic samples by linking to national and international registries through a network of clinicians, researchers, institutes and patients.

It will enable Ear Science to build research capacity that will lead to improvements in understanding genetic causes of hearing loss and assist with the development of treatments.

Adjunct Associate Professor Elaine Wong, head of hearing therapeutic at Ear Science Institute Australia, said: “Pioneering gene therapy could restore hearing in patients with profound genetic hearing loss.

“About 155 genes have been identified to be associated with hearing loss, and twothirds of childhood hearing

Graylands Op-Shop desperately needs donations of warm clothing for men and boys this winter.

Volunteer coordinator Michelle Masarei said stocks of winter clothes were very low and she hoped the community could help restock.

“Donations can be delivered to the shop onsite at Graylands Hospital,” she said.

All items should be clean and in good condition.

The service has run for more than 40 years and supports patients throughout the year with a range of programs and initiatives, including the patient emergency crisis fund, volunteering and training program, as well as socialisation and entertainment activities.

All money raised goes directly to help fund improvements to facilities and the provision of services for mental health patients at Graylands, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Frankland Centre, Osborne Park Hospital and community mental health services.

The op-shop sells or donates clothes and is open to the public.

For more information, or to contact the team, email volunteers.gh@health.wa.gov.au. Graylands Hospital is in Brockway Road, Mt Claremont.

loss has a genetic cause.”

The biobank is a $1million collaborative project initiated by Ear Science founder Professor Marcus Atlas, with Associate Professor Fred Chen and Dr Samuel McLenachan at Lions Eye Institute, Dr Stephen Rodrigues at Perth Children’s Hospital and Professor Nicholas Pachter at WA Health, as well as other partners in WA and collaborators in other states.

Graylands Op-Shop needs donations of clean, good quality items for its winter appeal.

The City of Subiaco has been officially making refugees welcome since 2002 and this year again expressed its support for those in immigration detention.

The City also expressed support for those who have received visas but need practical and emotional help to settle in to the community.

Books dealing with the experiences of asylum-seekers and refugees were displayed

in the City’s library.

The City also provided use of The Palms for a talk organised by the Curtin Grandmothers for Refugees group.

The Rev. Gemma Basely, from Beaconsfield Anglican parish, shared her inspiring story of helping Ned Kelly Emeralds to gain his freedom and establish himself here after many years in immigration detention.

Adjunct Associate Professor Elaine Wong, Head of Hearing Therapeutic at Ear Science Institute Australia.
Grandmothers for Refugees Nike McLennan, Elizabeth Karol and Anne Stephens with Sara Herbert (second from right) from Subiaco council.

Modern, Minimalist, Magnificent!

Nestled within 10 acres of private, natural wonderland near Lights Beach, William Bay National Park and Mount Hallowell Reserve, and featuring two quality residences, this incredible property is situated in one of Denmark’s most coveted coastal enclaves.

Features Include:

• Architecturally designed home by Nikki Ross, built in 2022 by Aspect Modular

• Double glazing, full insulation, reverse cycle air cond, 6-star energy rating

• 3 generous bedrooms with built-in robes, luxurious ensuite to main

• Fantastic outdoor space extending from living area with bi-fold windows

• 1 bedroom fully self-contained studio built in 2017 with double glazing & deck

• 14m x 8m powered shed, 185,000 litres of rainwater storage in 4 tanks

Elite local athletes given a leg-up for the Paris Olympics

Three WA athletes making their final push to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games have been given a boost from VenuesWest.

The sports stadium operator has given a $2000 grant to basketballer Anneli Maley, cyclist Kane Perris, and triathlon competitor Sally Pilbeam.

Anneli Maley is aiming for a spot on Australia’s first 3x3 women’s basketball Olympic team, known as the Gangurrus.

The Perth Lynx captain trains and plays at Bendat Basketball Centre and at the WA Institute of Sport High Performance Centre in Mt Claremont.

Sally Pilbeam is a two-time world triathlon champion, in 2014 and

2015, who lost her right arm to cancer in 2002. Sally trains at the WAIS High Performance Centre and at the pools at HBF Stadium, as well as competing at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre.

Kane Perris is visually impaired and half of a tandem track cycling duo with Luke Zaccaria.

Kane trains and competes at VenuesWest’s SpeedDome, and trains at the WAIS High Performance Centre in Mt Claremont.

He said the grant would help offset the cost of his kit including wheels, handlebars, skinsuits and custom-made shoes.

Sally, a mother of two, said the money would help pay for her to race in Montreal and train at an

Finding the art of the park

Join Kings Park Guides on Saturday July 20 for a tour of some of Kings Park’s most eyecatching art works.

Discover marble mosaics, surprising sculptures and beautiful bronzes.

Nature has inspired many Australian artists to create wild and memorable art forms that live in the Botanic Garden in Kings Park.

Visitors can hear stories of heritage, history and artists and their relationship to WA flora as they travel around the garden with a guide.

elite camp in Spain.

“The funding from VenuesWest will significantly alleviate the cost of this training camp, allowing me to focus on performing at my very best in Paris,” she said.

Anneli said the grant would help her dedicate more time to training.

“Being part of the first women’s 3x3 Australian team to qualify for the Olympics is incredibly motivating,” she said.

VenuesWest CEO David Etherton said: “We are incredibly proud to support Anneli Maley, Kane Perris and Sally Pilbeam as they strive for excellence on the world stage.

“We wish them all the best in the buildup and hopefully in their participation at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Bowling

Last week’s winners: Wednesday Jock Tiernan, Geoff Boyd and Elizabeth Arrow; runnersup Frank Honey and Denise Davis.

Friday Dina Shah and Michael Marsh; runnersup Carol Marsh and Paula Poynton.

Saturday Ladies Dina Shah and Paula Poynton.

Saturday Men T. Delaney, J. Sweeney and S. Parsons; F, Oliver, J. Medhat and P. Kanganas; A. Wilson and Y. Shah; G. Parker and A. Jenkins.

Bollywood Night tickets for August 3 are now on sale.

Dalkeith Nedlands

Because of inclement weather and with “B” green flooded, there were no bowls on Thursday June 27.

Due to the generosity of long-time club member John Gadsdon, the “Gadabout” Triples were held on Saturday with 16 teams.

The format was two games with winners playing winners and losers playing losers. In first place were Alek Gryta, John Pole and Ron Day who won both games with a margin of 16 shots.

In second place, having also won both games, and with an 11 shot margin, were John McCormack, Tod Allen and Tony Payne, and third were Peter Prout, Peter Hopper and Alan Davison two games +6.

Inclement weather killed off Thursday’s bowls last week.

Then on a cloudy Saturday afternoon on Rink 2 Max Hipkins, Jim West and Glen Morey easily defeated Ray Fells, Billy Gerlach and Rob Campbell; and on Rink 4 David Allport, Peter Evans and Mark Wilde won their last end to break the deadlock from Ron Palmer, Jannette Middleton and Kim Jefferis 13-12.

The weather again upset bowling last week, with the greens closed on Wednesday and on Thursday the greens resembled an ice rink with all the hail that poured down.

But Saturday bowls was full on again. The winners were Bruce Neaves, Chris Hughes, Michael Hulbert and John Booth and the runners-up Marie Hagan, Toby Roney, Jeff Simper and Con Kouzinas.

Dinner is still being served on Monday nights. Phone the club for bookings on 9384 7951. Mahjong is being played on Thursday mornings at 9am, everybody welcome.

To book, go to eventbrite.com.au and search “nature in art guided walk. Follow the Kings Park Guides on Eventbrite to learn about future walks. Check out the Kings Park Guides website at kingsparkguides.com. au to find out more about what they offer.

Kings Park Guides’ nature in art guided walk takes in some of the park’s most interesting artworks.

Other winners were Michael Joyce, Celia Bakker and Maureen Davison 1½ games +4; John O’Meehan, Rob Kelly and Gwenda McIntosh 1½ games +2; Bob Rose, David Mildenhall and Chris Biris 1 game +6; Doug Cross, Gof Bowles and Peter Wiesner 1 game +6; Geoff Cahif, Chris Scovell and Ross MacKenzie 1 game +4; Martin Saunders, Ron Stapleton and Brian Burton 1 game +3; Ric Camins, Brian Page and David Wood 1 game +3.

Subiaco Petanque Club held another round of the President’s Cup last Saturday, June 29. Vlasta Thomas topscored, followed by Julieth Bebero, Ian Russell Brown, Andre Gouttenoire and Peter Middleton. This Saturday, July 6, club members will engage in social play, and on Sunday Subiaco and all WA petanque clubs will honour the contribution of Joe Corcoran to the game by competing in the Corcoran Trophy.

Visitors are welcome on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Consult the club’s website petanquesubiaco.com or Facebook pages for details.

The place where tennis players are made

Keep the kids busy with tennis these school holidays, at the Onslow Park Tennis Club in Shenton Park.

The Tennis Factory is offering kids aged four to 15 years full-morning or half-morning sessions.

The sessions can be booked on a daily or weekly basis.

Participants work on all facets of the game including technique, rallying, and learning how to play points.

The players are split into teams and throughout the week teams win points for the activities

they participate in, and there are prizes given at the end of the week. For more information email the Onslow Park Tennis Club on onslowinfo@tennisfactory.com.au.

WA athletes hoping to compete in the Paris Olympics are from left Kane Perris, Anneli Maley and Sally Pilbeam.
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Time past and time present

“To find that the Art Gallery of WA had a building that had been unused for over 20 years was a definite message that it had to happen here,” said artist Tyrone (Rone) Wright of his installation, Time.

The historic Centenary Galleries, previously used as a storage space for AGWA, is the perfect location for an installation that reflects on time past, on fictional histories and long-forgotten moments.

“As a building it is a perfect setting,” Rone said. “It allows me to blur the lines between my artwork and the building so you can’t tell where the art stops and the building starts. Just to know there is a hidden space that no one has seen for years is so exciting.”

Rone has installed his multimedia immersive scenes into 12 rooms –each one like a film set, with furniture, magazines, letters, books, sewing machines, uniforms, dust and cobwebs all meticulously placed with remarkable attention to detail.

It has taken two months to install with a team drawn from the arts, including a theatre stage manager, a stylist, theatre lighting designer Lucy Birkinshaw and composer Nick Batterham who creat-

ed a score for each room to blend art, murals, theatre, lights and soundscape.

“I’ve learned so much about theatre,” Rone said of the rooms that breathe life into lost moments of Australian history.

Among them is an old mail sorting room, a 50s newsagency, a telephone switchboard room and a beautiful old library, and each set is overlooked by the contemplative face of

a contemporary woman painted into the room’s landscape.

“I am known for my large-scale portraits,” said Rone, a former street artist, “but I’m trying to break away from that. No one knows this model, Teresa, no one will try and recognise her, and she becomes the future gazing out at the past. It is the idea of a space frozen in time but with a very present emotion.

“This is not a linear story, it is an emotional story.”

■ Time: Rone is a ticketed event at the Art Gallery of WA now on show until September 30.

COVID collective celebrates musical milestone

A lot of creativity was fueled during the lockdown period of COVID.

And one of the most creatively successful was the chamber collective Cygnus Arioso (Swan Song) formed by Perth composer Lachlan Skipworth and his wife, WA Symphony Orchestra violinist Akiko Miyazawa.

They began performing online and then took to the stage to perform live with a constantly-changing lineup of musicians.

“Although we started it together, Akiko proved she had all the flair, artistry and business brain for it,” Lachlan admitted, “so I stepped back and she now runs it.”

This month the collective celebrates its ongoing success with a Winter Gala.

Lachlan said it was a

celebration of the group’s extended musical family, with students from the first summer camp who are now successful professionals and those who have performed with them during the past five years.

They include bassist Oakley Paul, who performs with artistic director Akiko

Miyazawa, harpist Will Nichols and mezzo-soprano Ashlyn Tymms performing pieces by Mahler, and trumpeter Fletcher Cox and WASO principal cor anglais Jonathan Ryan who perform Copland’s Quiet City, before Fletcher reprises Lachlan Skipworth’s trumpet concerto Altiora Peto, commissioned as a birthday present for music supporter Tony Lennon.

“The gala encapsulates everything we wanted to do with Cygnus Arioso,” said Lachlan. “It is a reflection on what we have achieved and how musicians have shaped our journey.”

■ Cygnus Arioso’s Winter Gala is on July 14 at 2pm in the Holmes a Court Gallery, 10 Douglas Street, West Perth. Book through humanitix.com.

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■ Meticulous attention to detail: Rone: Typing Pool. Photo: Rone 2024
■ Above, artist Rone was excited to discover an unused building for his installations.
Photo: Tony Mott Left: A cobweb-covered library.
■ WASO violinist Akiko Miyazawa is artistic director of the successful collective Cygnus Arioso.
intoxicating fairytale opera based on The Little Mermaid

Haunting tale of international discovery

There’s a soothing cadence and unexpected humour to Elise Girard’s bittersweet, predominantly Frenchlanguage ghost story Sidonie in Japan.

Matching the inimitable French cinema veteran Isabelle Huppert opposite Tsuyoshi Ihara, best known to international audiences for Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima, the film is a minimalist twohander in which the pair develop an appealing, lowkey frisson.

Sidonie (Huppert), an author who hasn’t written more than a sentence since the untimely death of her husband Antoine (August Diehl) years earlier, arrives at Charles de Gaulle Airport two hours late for her flight to Japan. It’s with rueful resignation

that she realises she hasn’t missed it; it’s running three hours late.

She’s due there for a book tour of her first novel, which her Japanese publisher Kenzo (Ihara) has recently republished.

Once there, as Sidonie contends with various cultural differences, odd things start to happen.

Unopenable windows are strangely set ajar, then weirdly lock again, and then, most alarmingly, she glimpses her dead husband in a hotel lobby.

Kenzo, her mild-mannered host, is unperturbed

– in Japan, the dead move freely among the living. He’s right. It isn’t long before a luminous, stillyoung Antoine is playing cards in Sidonie’s room, even if her hand sweeps right though his, Ghoststyle (the 1990 Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore one).  Girard, who shares writing credits with Maud Ameline and the late Sophie Fillieres, offsets the inevitable clunk of such tropes with a beguiling humour and an otherwise less-is-more narrative approach.

Huppert, who does

humour as effectively as her famous hauteur, does much of the emotional heavy lifting as she slowly comes to terms with her husband’s death and the other painful ghosts of her past.

But Ihara makes a steadfast, quietly appealing foil, and their burgeoning friendship is a gift of gentle understatement.

As the pair travel by car between cities, often in gentle, symbiotic silence, the cherry blossoms bloom around them – along with all kinds of new possibilities.

Talking about life, through the pain of suicide

Yirra Yaakin director Maitland Schnaars said of Jada Alberts’ powerful play about suicide:

“Sometimes death has the most to teach us about life, and this play is about life.”

“That is so true,” agreed actor and playwright Jada of their 2014 play, Brothers Wreck. “It is about a family coming to together to share

and mitigate the pain.”

Jada, who is of Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman descent, lost someone close to them to suicide when Jada was 16.

Diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Jada was painfully aware that there was a great silence around suicide and a fear of talking about it.

“I carried the weight of that loss,” Jada said, “but while it is difficult, painful

and uncomfortable, talking about it and sharing the pain brings people together.”

Brothers Wreck is about a young Aboriginal, Ruben who wakes to find that his cousin has died by suicide. What follows is the powerful and emotional story of a family holding itself together in the face of tragedy.

■ Brothers Wreck is at Subiaco Arts Centre to July 20.

My husband and I married four months ago. We had lived together for two years before getting married and he was wonderful. But since we got married things have changed.

I put on some weight. I’m now exercising and watching what I eat, but he’s been calling me fat and other not-so-nice names. I confronted him, and he got mad, saying he was just joking. But I am hurt. When we argue he tells me to go away. Or he gets quiet, won’t talk to me, and sleeps on the couch.

The communication we once had is becoming scarce. I don’t know what to do. He wants to start a family, but I’m afraid to bring a child into this world and have the child treated like he treats me. It’s getting harder and harder to save this marriage.

Melissa

Melissa, you are right to be wary about starting a family. If your husband thinks you are fat now, what will he say when you are pregnant? After giving birth you will find it even more difficult to control weight. Your husband can’t reconcile who you are with who he wants you to be. That raises questions about his genuine love for you. You have diagnosed the problem. Unless the problem is cured, it is unwise to start a family.

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Sidonie in Japan
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■ A friendship slowly burns between publisher Kenzo (Tsuyoshi Ihara) and author Sidonie (Isabelle Huppert).
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■ Jada Alberts has written a poignant play about how a family supports and comforts to find a way forward.

A very special home office

cabinet and built-in upholstered seats was built for a previous owner with a passion for interior design and wine.

When Ben Wyatt retired as state government treasurer he was on the lookout for a good study so he could work from home as a corporate adviser.

He found it at 5 Lupin Hill Grove, a high-end house built by Wally Zorzi for his daughter Clara in 2011. It’s a home office that mixes business with pleasure. Slide open the recessed doors and you’ll find a “wine lounge”.

The noteworthy space with a floating display

That owner hired Sydney interior designer Benjamin Webb to curate some of the cosmetic changes to the well-built house on part of the former Hollywood High School site.

The home office has a feature rarely seen in houses – a floor window that looks down to the sparkling pool below.

Ben’s wife Vivianne Wyatt said the home office was one of the reasons they bought the house just over two years ago.

“It was a big move for us to come to Nedlands from Victoria Park but we have loved living in the area, close to Subiaco, Claremont Quarter and the beach,” she said.

“My husband largely

works from home, so the home office with views over the pool has been a huge asset for us, and anyone with some work based at home will absolutely love it.”

The two-storey house, which featured in Grand

Designs Australia, is on a 709sq.m site around the corner from Dot Bennett Park.

Agent John Hunter said the Wyatts were selling to be in a different area for schooling.

A breathtaking retreat

The sprawling estate that is Tynedale Farm has waterfalls, dams, pastures, lush gardens and a sustainable regrowth forest of jarrah, redgum and blackbutt.

It is 1500ha of rural perfection.

stonework using natural stone from the property for drainage control to ensure an abundance of water, and tree planting for minimal erosion.

The farm has been a long-term project that began more than 40 years ago, when the owner fell in love with the land at first sight.

Set beside the Collie River and backing onto Wellington National Park, its untamed natural wonders have since been reshaped into a rural masterpiece.

The owner’s vision and years of meticulous hard work, coupled with his engineering knowledge from Germany, have transformed the property into a flourishing cattle farm with fences and yards, 14 dams,

The pastures, parkland, forest and bushland have direct access to 10km of riverfront and 18km of national park boundary.

The largest single-owned river-frontage property in the area, it comprises three houses with a total of 10 bedrooms and seven bathrooms, set in lush gardens.

It is operating as a cattle farm with a manager who does not live onsite.

But it is also a place to escape to. Private, secluded

and peaceful, it is 24km northeast from Bunbury but feels like a world away. Its rare, breathtaking beauty has prompted visitors to say they did not know a place like this existed in the whole of Australia.

The owner said other countries would have turned this marvel into a tourist attraction where people would visit from around the world to admire it.

Things you will love

River frontage Rural escape 170km from Perth

CONTACT: William Porteous 0439 880 242.

■ “The pool and outdoor area has been a real delight during summer,” Vivianne said.
■ The farm adjoins the Collie River and has an abundance of water, with 14 dams.
■ Below the stacked stone feature wall and staircase is an indoor pond with black pebbles.
– SARAH McNEILL 10 7 Tynedale Farm Collie River Road BUREKUP William Porteous Properties
■ Walk through the wine lounge to the home office, which has a window in the floor that looks down to the pool.
■ Transforming Tynedale Farm near Bunbury has been a labour of love for the owner, who has spent 40 years upgrading the property with three houses.
■ Local stone and timber adds warmth to one of the living areas.
■ Ben and Vivianne Wyatt’s home, renovated by a previous owner, has featured on Grand Designs Australia.

■ There has been plenty of real estate action in Hobbs Avenue, Dalkeith, where this house with a tennis court sold for $8.3million.

Empty nesters driving sales

A spate of sales in Hobbs Avenue, Dalkeith, is part of the “generational change” that’s happening across the western suburbs, agent Jody Fewster said. “When the youngest child in a family turns 18 or starts uni people think ‘I don’t really need five bedrooms anymore’,” Ms Fewster said. “It’s freeing up

big homes for young people to move into.” Two houses and two blocks of land sold within months of each other in the wealthy street. Topping the list was $8.3million for a luxurious house on a 2051sq.m block with a tennis court at No.49. Two adjoining blocks at Nos.11 and 13 went for $3,088,888 and $3.3million respectively. Agent Peter Robertson, who sold No.13, said both sets of owners decided to sell within five minutes of each other. “Hobbs Avenue is the king of off-river streets in Dalkeith,” Mr Robertson said.

‘Rinehart house’ back on market

A Cottesloe house believed to be owned by mining billionaire Gina Rinehart is back on the market after selling for $9.15million in 2022. Landgate records show the house at

■ You’ll need a tinnie to get to the nearest pub if you buy this house on an island about 180km south of Sydney.

116 Broome Street is in the name of Suzanne Daubney, who is a friend and business partner of Mrs Rinehart. Mrs Rinehart declined to comment in 2022 and again this week when asked whether she, or someone associated with her, was in fact the beneficial owner of the property. “It’s very unlikely that Mrs Rinehart has been regularly spotted anywhere in Cottesloe,” the spokesperson said. “However, she does have friends in Cottesloe, which maybe she visits from time to time.” (Rinehart mystery in Cott, Changing Hands, April 16, 2022).

The five-bedroom and four-bedroom residence was built in a Spanish Mission style to complement the Cottesloe Civic Centre, which is across the road. Century-old jarrah panels, doors saved from a bank and a distinctive arched veranda are features of the 974sq.m property which is not heritagelisted. For more details, phone selling agent Adam Lenegan on 0417 286 163.

Tucked away on an island Houses rarely come up for sale in Comerong Island on the south coast of NSW, which has only 10 dwellings and 13 permanent residents. It’s perfect for seclusion-seekers, says agent Nathan Gair, who is auctioning a house called Water Colours this month. “Ride your tinnie across the river to Shoalhaven Heads for a coffee or a beer at the hotel,” Mr Gair said. The four-bedroom house at 1151 Comerong Island Road is on a 3383sq.m site with a boatshed and ramp, an “extraordinary” water supply thanks to a deep well, and 66 solar panels with battery back-up. The property, about 180km south of Sydney, will be auctioned at 6pm on July 17, at Crooked River Winery in Gerringong. Phone Nathan Gair on 0447 111 714.

$5000 rental incentive

Have you noticed any empty houses in your neighbourhood? There are at least four vacant houses in my neighbourhood, which beggars

Stylish rescue from ruin

I

t is a pleasant surprise walking through the front door of an old Federationstyle home and entering a long and light living area that now takes up a large portion of the 812sq.m site.

Owners Jane and Josh Clifton completed the renovations in 2019, turning an old and poorly-used home into a luxurious and stylish family home that retains and enhances many of its original features.

“It had been turned into two apartments and then turned back again,” Jane said of the home, which shows signs of more than one front door.

The bedrooms are at the front of the house, each featuring traditional elements such as rose ceilings and whitewashed fireplaces and, in one ensuite, the exposed brick of the original front door and porch.

Another bathroom has

a free-standing clawfoot bath with stylish marble and porcelain tiling.

The main bedroom, with large walk-through wardrobe and ensuite, looks out over the new sunny, northfacing courtyard and pool.

Designed by Jane for open-plan family living with daughter Kendra and dogs Daisy and Coco, the new living area continues the highly polished jarrah floors of the original home and features a beautiful

pressed-tin ceiling.

Crisp white walls and matt black doors and cupboards are a stylish way of combining heritage and contemporary.

The living room opens out to the patio with a barbecue and a deep saltwater heated swimming pool.

Behind the state-ofthe-art kitchen is a welldesigned laundry and outdoor drying area leading to the two-car garage and workshop with a large

bitumen rear access.

There is a third parking spot at the front of the house.

The home is a perfect blend of traditional design and stylish contemporary living.

belief given the shortage of rental properties in Perth. There were 2484 properties available for rent at the end of June, and this was 3% higher than May, according to reiwa.com.The state government is hoping to entice owners of vacant properties to bring them onto the long-term rental market. Last month it announced the $5million Vacant Property Rental Incentive Scheme, which offers eligible owners $5000 if they lease their properties for a minimum of a year. How many homeowners have taken up the offer, the POST asked this week? “As at June 27, 80 applications have been completed and 17 are in progress,” a state government spokesperson said. There were applications from the following regions:

• Great Southern 4; • Greater Perth (includes Mandurah) 56; • Kimberley 1; • Midwest 8;

• South West 7 and • Wheatbelt 4. Applications close on November 6.

■ Take your pick from sitting in the front yard or out the back.
■ There is a good indoor-outdoor connection in the kitchen which opens to the deck and pool.
■ The black ceiling fans and window frames are very on-trend.
■ Sash windows, decorative cornices and jarrah floors are among the character features in the Federation-style house.
■ Mining mogul Gina Rinehart has declined to say if she is the beneficial owner of this Spanish Mission-style house which is on the market. It’s opposite Cottesloe Civic Centre.

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“From 2018 to 2020, the seat of Curtin received only $1.16million in federal funding, the second lowest in Western Australia,” Mr Shaw said.

“Obviously things have changed more recently with an independent (Kate Chaney) sitting within that seat.

“(As a Town) we’re trying to change that history and advocating strongly to our state member and also the federal member for funding.”

Community facilities like the bowling, tennis, golf and canoe clubs were funded by ratepayers.

“All those facilities were built not with state or federal

Claremont infill

to development which would be inconsistent with the framework established under the LPS,” the staff report said.

The main issues brought up during community consultation were related to density growth, traffic and heritage.

“Claremont needs to push back on state government infill targets, as the future based on current research will make Claremont socially unliveable,” a summary of the comments reads.

“There is only so much density that can occur before people as social beings become too confined.

“Then social, physica and mental health suffers and that community becomes unsafe.

“The over-reach in this plan will make Claremont a crime capital slum.

“This plan has clearly been written by a developer for a developer and state government.”

Claremont has already fulfilled the state government requirement to build an extra 1300 additional dwellings.

The suburb’s population has grown substantially in the past 20 years and is expected to increase by almost 4000 by 2041.

government money; they were built with community money,” Mr Shaw said.

Updated analysis on federal grants has not yet been released.

Mr Shaw said later in the meeting that the Town was putting a lot of resources into lobbying the state government to help out with certain projects.

They had persuaded the education department to take over the Mosman Park Primary School carpark and kindergarten across the road ($2.4m safety boost for Mosman Park schools, POST, May 27, 2023).

The Town also wanted the department of housing to be more involved in managing problem tenants in socialhousing blocks.

“Social housing is an important part of our community and almost all the residents are fantastic,” Mr Shaw said.

However, 1 Gibbon and 16 Wellington streets were problem sites.

“We know that the problems within those particular facilities are caused by only a small number of residents,” he said.

“We have been advocating heavily to the state government that they manage these residents more diligently.

“We are getting some traction here, but it is a slow road.”

The other main project, worked on with Fremantle and Cottesloe, was a safe beach access design that would build a Wellington Street underpass,

From dressing to addressing a PM

• From page 7

Peter Dutton, the current Liberal Party leader, was in West Perth recently to campaign with Mr White (Dutton to honour cancer promise, POST, May 25).

Mr Howard once demonstrated his support for an independent Curtin candidate.

Allan Rocher, Mr Howard’s close friend and ally, was a Liberal senator for WA from 1978 until 1981 when he won selection for Curtin in the lower house.

He would win six elections in Curtin until 1998 when he lost to Julie Bishop.

But he was supported by Mr Howard when he ran as an independent in 1996 after losing pre-selection to Ken Court, the brother of then WA premier Richard Court. During the pre-selection stoush, Mr Howard publicly supported Mr Rocher by offering to make him Speaker if the coalition won power.

close off the Victoria Street train crossing, realign Curtin Avenue next to the train tracks and upgrade public facilities along the beach.

This would also mean an upgrade to the McCall Centre.

“It is a fantastic facility that has fantastic bones and has been neglected by the state government for quite some time now,” Mr Shaw said. “We think there are opportunities for residential and commercial development.

“We’ve been working hard to sell a vision to the state government.”

Chaney bats for Yirra Yaakin

• From page 32

She fully supported the new Bill – which will establish First Nations First and Writing Australia – but raised two concerns: “First there is a need for a Western Australian on the advisory board and, secondly, the board will need to consider the tyranny of distance for Western Australian artists to travel and tour.”

She said she had spoken with arts minister Tony Burke who gave an assurance there would be Western Australian representation on the board.

Also, the different needs of each state needed to be taken into account for funding.

“In WA, Yirra Yaakin and others travel extreme distances to tour their shows and productions,” Ms Chaney added.

“The cost of touring in WA is much higher than it is in NSW or Victoria, and I’d like to see this recognised in how grants are awarded.”

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Dr Andrew’s 2am epiphany Dogs sniff out borer

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she could recover, receive other wrap-around supports and was discharged to a home.”

Last week 260 guests packed the ballroom of the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, raising $50,000 for Homeless Health Care.

They heard Ryan Hood tell his story of being homeless and living on the streets from the age of 14, addressing an audience and telling his life story for the first time.

In his 20s he met Dr Davies and turned his life around.

“As an early intervention tool, finding the borer, doing delimitation surveys of where the spread is, and whatnot. I think detection dogs can be really, really effective.”

Mr Tate said he had preliminary discussions with “a lot of people” a few weeks ago about whether it would be worth bringing the dogs to WA specifically to help mitigate the borer.

“We all decided that yes it was doable, but the conversations haven’t progressed,” he said.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokeswoman said they were not using sniffer dogs as part of the PSHB surveillance program.

“The sniffer dogs, like the ones used for the red imported fire ant program, need to have undertaken specific training

to be used for surveillance of pests.

“There are currently no dogs that have been trained to detect PSHB and this is not currently being considered as part of the response activities as the current surveillance methods are well suited to this phase of the response.”

The cost of training a puppy to do scent-detection work is around $50,000 when staff hours and vet bills are factored in.

To train a dog that is already doing scent-detection work to detect a new target costs another $10,000.

A pilot study, similar to the dieback trial, would require two dogs.

“You make sure that works, and then you go okay, this is something that is well and truly worth rolling out on, on a professional scale,” Mr Tate said.

Rate hike to green Mosman Park

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follow up for prosecution of anyone who does that to those community assets.”

The Town may also consider an adopt-a-tree program to involve the community in looking after the street trees.

Councillors noted the food and organics waste service would be rolled out to multi-unit dwellings

Local DV crisis laid bare

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Front line services were turning women away because of lack of funding, and police responses were often not supportive, she said.

“There’s appetite for change at a state and federal level, but we need to ensure that this doesn’t get lost in the bureaucracy.”

Jonathan Huston, the Liberal candidate for Nedlands, said the latest police statistics cast a dark shadow over the Nedlands electorate.

“The police are in the front line of responses to local crime and they need our support to continue their efforts to keep us safe,” Mr Huston said.

“They do a great job but need to be resourced with differing range of skills and technology to combat family-related crime into the future.” He said the statistics were highly troubling, with an alarming surge in family-related crime.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic that saw a fall in all crime, the rate of family assault, threatening behaviour and breaches of restraining orders had “skyrocketed”.

For instance, in Subiaco the increase in family assault trended at around 38 incidents a year, and had spiked to 62 in 2023-24.

this year.

Meanwhile Mosman Park has formally approved its 10-year sustainability strategy.

Councillors voted at the June meeting to accept the plan to offset the impact of climate change by planting trees, using less underground water, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

The strategy was passed with amendments suggested by councillor Sarah Corbyn to reduce speed limits to 40kmh.

“Research shows that a person walking or cycling (and struck by a car) has a 90 per cent chance of being killed by a car driving at 50km an hour, a 40 per cent chance of being killed at 40km an hour, and only a 10 per cent chance of being killed at 30km an hour,” she said.

“Given the support, love, attention and care, and ultimately that sense of hope, I’m able to be part of the Homeless Health Care team and sit with others experiencing homelessness and really struggling,” he said.

He has been employed as the organisation’s first peer support worker.

“The homeless feel safe in telling me their stories because I’ve been there,” he said.

“I feel valued and have been able to grow and give back.

“I owe Homeless Health Care my life,” Ryan said. Donate or volunteer: www. homelesshealthcare.org.au.

Mayor starts major shakeup at Cambridge

the legitimate role and responsibility of council and the Town and to understand their separate powers and boundaries.

He said he thought LGIS – WALGA’s insurance wing –should update councillors about contemporary health and safety law and practices and their responsibilities to each other, the CEO, staff and customers.

Councillors might also benefit from hearing from “respected planning lawyers” to help them develop their knowledge of what he said was a “complex hierarchy of town planning laws and regulations”.

He would also ask council to consider making changes to its Code of Conduct and Community Strategic Plan to focus more on collaboration, cooperation, trust and workplace health and safety.

“I have many other options that I will share with council in due course,” Mr Mack said.

He asked the other council members to embrace the process and come forward with their ideas.

And he repeated a directive he issued in April towards community members speaking at council meetings.

“We are a values-driven organisation where respectful relationships are key,” Mr Mack said.

“There is no place for any community member to adversely reflect on staff during council question time or in any interaction with a staff member.

“I seek the support of all councillors and the community to

commit to change. If we do, the benefits for ourselves and the community will be immense.”

Mr Mack – who was elected in October last year – has roused community concern about his leadership approach and decision-making regarding a proposed plan for tower blocks around Floreat Forum, proposed by APIL, the shopping centre owners.

He did not have the numbers on the nine-person council to support advertising APIL’s Precinct Structure Plan, which he argued could then be modified by the council and community. Because the council rejected the APIL plan, it is now open to the WA Planning Commission to advertise it for public submissions.

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Root cause failure dogs Neds

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Parker sought an extension from the OAG without informing the council.

Corporate services director Michael Cole has been working with new staff, independent consultants and the reformed audit committee to get things back on track.

Most of the other main players have quit, including the former manager of financial services, Mr Parker and former committee chair Leo McManus.

In March, after the audit failure was made public, the ARC committee dumped the community members from its ranks.

Mr Cole said he had been assured by his team late last year that “we were nearly there”.

“With the value of hindsight, should I have done more at that time?” he said. “Yes I should have, but I didn’t. You can’t go back over history and change it.”

Mr Cole said, in retrospect, the audit concerns should have been escalated through the CEO, the mayor or the November committee meeting.

When questioned as to why the asset issue had not been included in an ARC report, Mr Cole replied in a soft voice. “Dunno. Should’ve. Didn’t,” he said quietly.

Ms Amiry assured him that the council was not interested in a witch hunt, but wanted to make sure it did not happen again.

“There were a number of people involved in this, not just yourself,” Ms Amiry said. Mr Cole said staff who were working on the figures did not “have the relevant knowledge”. He asked that staff names be redacted from Mr Ross’s report if it was made public.

Ms Coghlan said the reputational damage to staff, council, and the population was immeasurable.

“It’s been like an accounting train crash,” she said.

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Ryan Tate with one of his scent-detecting dogs during a training session.

Olympics better with French cricket

French cricket might not be at the cutting edge of the sport’s history but at least les Francais are the reigning Olympic silver medallists.

Cricket was an Olympic sport once – and will be again in Los Angeles in 2028 when a Twenty20 competition is held with a limited number of teams.

It is part of cricket’s bid to exploit the fastest growing market in the game – the United States – which was showcased during the recent T20 World Cup with matches in Texas, Florida and New York.

Unfortunately for the International Cricket Council, which wanted to fast-track its proselytising in the US, the refusal of the home government to issue visas to the strong Afghanistan team meant finals could not be fixtured there.

And don’t bet on diplomatic relations improving enough for Rashid Khan to turn the ball square or Gulbadin Naib to have a strategic phantom cramp in LA in four years time.

England won the only Olympic cricket gold medal, so should be automatic qualifiers in 2028, while it would be a nice touch for France to snare an invitation as the most recent runner-up.

As Paris prepares to host the Olympics this month, the nation’s proud Olympic cricket tradition was reinforced to me during a recent trip when I caught up with my former University Cricket Club teammate Thodi Andersson, now a committed Parisian of more than a decade’s standing.

Thodi’s French adventure began when his wife Lynette gave up her human resources career in Perth to follow her dream of studying at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris.

A dead pitch. And a mutinous crew.

“That wasn’t much of a toss,” the Claremont captain said. “Maybe we should have another?”

We did. Heads this time. And Thodi out just before lunch for 130 after channelling Michael Slater with a brilliant early onslaught.

We made 350, they didn’t; and we were having cold refreshments at Steve’s by tea on day two.

20 spectators watched the action.

The “French” star was Arthur MacEvoy, whose medal was painstakingly tracked down by the club and bought at auction for $7200.

“The club had its origins in the (mostly English) engineers building the Eiffel Tower,” Thodi explained.

“At least half of the French team were from Standard.

“There weren’t a lot of locals

when he helped the club find and buy the Olympic medal awarded in 1900.

It was SAC that represented France in that novel event 124 years ago, and it was the club’s long ambition to track down its only medal known to have survived from those days. Only one winning version is known, belonging to the English team, and it sits in the British Museum.

Not that there was any ceremony at the time, nor for years afterwards.

“Standard was one of them. It had a proud football history, winning several French championships, and that carried over into cricket.”

MacEvoy was a genuine allrounder. He was the team’s goalkeeper during the winter sport in the 1890s, winning five French championships, before adding a silver medal after claiming a couple of wickets in the only cricket match held at the Olympics.

’ A rectangular bronze tablet was given to the 12 members of the losing team

Willow rolls out the barrels for fun surfing with

Only a surfer knows the feeling and Gnarabup’s Willow Hardy knows that feeling better than most after scoring her first 10-point ride in pumping tubes at the Nias Pro.

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She not only topped her class but found, as did Thodi and their two children, that life in the French capital was so captivating that they did not want to move back. And when he is not working in IT or thrashing club bowlers around the delightful cricket ground cut into the Meudon Forest in southwest Paris, Thodi chairs the Standard Athletic Club’s cricket section.

The 1900 event was not even called the Olympics. It was referred to as the Exposition Universelle, or Paris Exposition, or world’s fair, and it was not until 1912 that all the events that took place were categorised and the results collated.

Thodi’s greatest cricket moment came against ClaremontNedlands during a quite remarkable match that began on a stinking-hot day at Melvista Oval and remains proof that the cricketing gods occasionally like to tinker with the fortunes of the tragics drawn to the game.

As the visiting captain, I called heads at the toss and was aghast when the coin went up completely flat, did not rotate at the zenith of its flight, floated down as still as it went up, and settled on the ground without a single spin. Tails. 40 degrees.

He died young, at 36, only four years after his silver medal feat, with all French sport on the day being cancelled out of respect for the charismatic athlete.

“My sister Olive was caddying for me and I made the decision to wear my helmet because I wanted to get the biggest wave,” the 17-year-old said.

Surf League qualifying series rankings after a successful foray to Indonesia where she was second at the Krui Pro and made the quarterfinals at perfect Nias.

Yet his prize wasn’t even a silver medal.

Only two cricket teams competed, with Belgium and the Netherlands withdrawing after a dispute over their bid to co-host the exposition.

An attempt to include cricket in the inaugural Olympics in 1896 had failed due to a lack of entries.

Things were only slightly better four years later when a two-day game was scheduled at cycling venue Velodrome de Vincennes, while cricket was entered but did not materialise at St Louis in 1904. That would be its last mention until the sport was resurrected for LA28.

In 1900, England’s band of Devon and Somerset Wanderers beat a local team of expatriate Englishmen representing the Standard Athletic Club in a match described by Olympic historian Ian Buchanan as “shambolic”. The square boundaries in the middle of the cycling track were only 30 metres, and fewer than

The medal awarded to the exposition winners was actually made of silver while a rectangular bronze tablet was given to the 12 members of the losing team.

It was only after the recordkeeping process began 12 years later that the medals were designated as gold and silver

Not that that matters to Thodi and the other SAC members who are revelling in their status as Olympic pioneers.

“Everyone is told that history when they first join the club,” he said. “It is something that sets us apart.”

Just like scoring a century before lunch.

“This big set came which was breaking on the indicator reef and every time one breaks out there, you get a bit nervous.

“I paddled hard and as I went to jump up, I thought I wasn’t going to get up in time and was definitely going to get lipped but I was fully committed.

“I pulled in and I was like, oh my gosh this is crazy, I can see this exit and I’m never going to make it.

“I saw one of my best friends who was in my heat claiming it in the channel so I aimed towards her, came out and also did the biggest claim.

“I’ve dreamt of getting a barrel like that, I couldn’t believe it and was in shock for the rest of the day.”

Hardy is on top of the World

“It was an amazing trip, the waves were so crazy and I’m stoked to be sitting in No.1 spot,” she said.

Hardy started surfing when she was four and competing when she was 10.

After winning the trials, Hardy competed at the Margaret River Pro in 2021 where she surfed against world champions Carrisa Moore and Stephanie Gilmore was a highlight.

Willow is in her final year at Margaret River Senior High School which brings its own challenges.

“It’s hard when the surf is pumping but I seem to get study done when the comp is on and I’m not surfing,” she said.

“That’s when I can really crack down but I always seem to have the split screen on watching the surfing.

“Sometimes it is a bit stressful if I have exams which clash with trips but I always get it done better than I expected and my parents help out too so it hasn’t been too hard.”

Younger sister Olive, 14, is also started to make progress with her surfing.

“She definitely steps on my toes and she’s beaten me a few times which I really don’t like but she’s also one of my best friends and it’s amazing that we get to travel and surf together,” Hardy said.

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Willow Hardy driving deep into a perfect Nias tube. Photo: WSL
Standard Athletic Club now owns this bronze medal awarded to France for coming second at the 1900 Olympics.
LEFT: Thodi Andersson, centre, catches up with this columnist and Francophile UCC player Chris Stannage in Paris.
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THIS weekend Elizabeth Quay is set to transform into a magical winter haven.

Cosy @ The Quay is on all weekend with heart-warming activities, steaming winter treats and entertainment in a cosy oasis – while it is snowing outside!

The heated Giant Igloo is the place to hang out, play games, listen to live music and enjoy a hot chocolate.

It is open from 11am to 9pm, and from 6pm there will be live entertainment by WAAPA students.

During the day, there’s face painting and a glitter bar, you can play giant games like chess, Jenga, or noughts and crosses and roast marshmallows in the big fire pits.

Snowflake performers will rove the precinct from 4pm.

And you can even play in the snow. Elizabeth Quay will become a snowy wonderland each day at noon, 3pm, 6pm and 8pm.

Food and drink trucks are on site and there are plenty of free activities for the whole family.

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When you are all on holidays you seem to have more time to do amazing artwork – which makes my job SO much harder!

There were some great ideas this week, including Diego’s green-eyed platypus, Basile’s cute fire-spitting dragon and Seiichiro’s cavoodle puppy (a new addition to the family).

Our two main winners this week are Elle Markov and Ajay Ramdas – both with entirely different ideas for the doodle.

Elle, 8, from Mt Claremont, has the upcoming Olympics on her mind and has done an excellent

drawing of a gymnast performing a ribbon routine.

Ajay, 7, from Nedlands, has drawn a hornbill. I love the strong, clean lines and colours of the fierce-looking bird.

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Thursday is a Magic School drama day for the younger kids, with two workshops for wizards and witches to create the drama of potion-brewing, character creation and chocolate wand making. On Friday teen theatre workshops cover audition techniques, monologue, scene work and improvisation.

The Irish Club is at 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco. To book for one or more of the workshops go to trybooking.com/ youth theatre workshops.

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Young budding actors can learn some scene work
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