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Ashburton september 2012

Community celebrates 2012 Nameless Festival Tom Price was a hub of activity as thousands of people celebrated the 2012 Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival. Now in its 41st year, the annual festival was held from Saturday 4 August to Sunday 12 August and honoured the Olympic Games with the theme ‘Go for Gold’. Opening the festivities was the ‘Go for Gold’ ball, held at the Tom Price Recreational Centre on Saturday 4 August. Party-goers were entertained by Stone Circle, who ensured the crowd danced well into the early hours of the following morning. The ‘Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture’ art exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday 7 August. Hundreds of pieces of artwork were on display

in this issue ABC 3 films Pilbara for popular children’s show................................. 4 Experience the natural wonder of Millstream Chichester National Park.. 5 Artist shows students and teachers how to look at culture through art..... 6 Shire committed to recycling in Ashburton towns............................... 8


Photo by Elly Lukale


showcasing the talents of many local artists, including a number of school students. The NAIDOC Sharing of Country quilt, made up of dot paintings by the community, was awarded ‘Best Indigenous Artwork’.


For the first time the ‘Pilbara Wearable Creationz’ exhibit was held, displaying unique and imaginative outfits designed to be ‘art that walks’. Shire staff member Lisa Chambers won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for her inventive

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wearable art, which was inspired by her passion for recycling and turning “trash into fash”. From Friday 10 August to Sunday 12 August, the festival stepped up a notch thanks to performances from headline acts Adam Brand, Johnny Ruffo, Justice Crew and Beside Lights. Clem Thompson Oval was transformed into a sideshow alley and the laughter ...continued page 2

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and screams of children and adults alike could be heard as they enjoyed the amusement rides and stalls on offer. Local musicians who participated in the Western Australian Music Industry Association’s project ‘The Sounds of Tom Price’, launched their much anticipated CD, and singers Hayley Fleming and Elissa Nash received many laughs during their song ‘Tom Vegas’. Children crowded around the main stage to watch performances from Dorothy the Dinosaur and Friends and Fairy Queen Caroline. A lantern parade and fireworks display lit up the night sky on Friday, and Saturday morning saw many community groups weave their way throughout the town in the Nameless Street Parade. SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) Tom Price’s Mercede Fox said it was the first time the organisation had participated in the parade, and the 11 well-behaved dogs that walked with their owners and foster carers were exhausted afterwards! The event culminated on Sunday with a Family Day which included a dog show and mini Olympics.

Local Musicians perform for launch of the CD ‘Sounds of Tom Price’.

The festival first started in 1971 and takes its name from the iconic Mount Nameless or Jarndunmunha as it is known by the Eastern Guruma people. Once a one day event, the success off the festival has seen it grow to a week-long celebration. Major sponsors of the 2012 Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival include Rio Tinto and the Shire of Ashburton, as well as many community groups and businesses. The festival was organised by the Nameless Festival Committee with thanks to the support of a dedicated team of volunteers.

Winner of Best Community Float.

Above: ‘The Range’ conceptual art diagram using names to link the community to the environment

Above: Lisa Chambers won the Nameless Art Exhibition People’s Choice Award for her inventive wearable art, turning ‘trash into fash’.

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Nameless Ball

Mini olympics. Photographs by Elly Lukale

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ABC 3 films Pilbara for popular children’s show You might soon see a few familiar faces on your television screen.

Tom Price High School art students show Kayne Tremills how to make spinifex paper – Image by Esther Coleman Hawkins

Kayne Tremills at Mount Nameless – Image by Esther Coleman Hawkins

Kayne Tremills with Darby and Ruby Stammers and Lawson and Preston Pensini – Image by Esther Coleman Hawkins

Active TV last month visited the Pilbara to film segments for the second season of ABC 3’s popular children’s program, 3ON3.

the Pensini family, also dropped in to speak to Kayne.

exciting stuff that happens” in other towns.

“I really enjoyed it. It was really thrilling because it gave me a chance to be on TV. It’s overwhelming,” Lawson said.

“The Pilbara is like nothing I have ever seen before. There are lots of different activities going on, and what’s amazing is the school teachers, group leaders and the parents have been so passionate about what they’re doing.”

3ON3 is a five minute program that showcases three unique activities kids get up to in various Australian towns, while also finding a ‘number 3’ in each town. Presenter Kayne Tremills visited Lawson Pensini, 12, his brother Preston, 7, and their pet steer, Cocoa to chat about life on cattle station, Cheela Plains which is approximately 120kms west of Tom Price. Their neighbours, Darby (11) and Ruby Stammers (9) who live on Kooline Station, a further 150kms away from

Tom Price High School art students Arnie Injie, 18, Kylie Nicholson and Tiffany Davidson, both 16, showed Kayne how to make spinifex paper and the Tom Price cadets let Kayne help them out with their fire training. The program’s number 3 was also found while filming with the cadets, who wrote the number in the air with sparklers. Active TV producer Esther Coleman Hawkins said 3ON3 aimed to show kids around Australia the “really

lson Arnie Inji, Kayne Tremills, Kylie Nicho r– pape ex spinif make son David y and Tiffan Image by Esther Coleman Hawkins

Filming at Cheela Plains Station – Image by Robyn Pensini

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“It was really noticeable how enthusiastic people were for the region,” Esther said. At the time of publication no start date had been confirmed for season two of 3ON3. However the program will be available to view online at after broadcast.

Tom Price cadets fire training – Image by Esther Coleman Hawkins

Experience the natural wonder of Millstream Chichester National Park

Now is the time to discover – or in some cases rediscover – the landscape of rolling hills, spectacular escarpments and winding tree-lined watercourses on offer at Millstream Chichester National Park. Department of Environment and Conservation Senior Ranger Marc McDonald said a number of new and upgraded facilities had transformed areas around the park, providing a more unique and memorable experience for visitors. “We noticed that we had many visitors arriving with bicycles, so we decided to build a bicycle track that could be enjoyed by riders of all levels,” he said. “The 3km track starts near the visitor centre located at the old Millstream Homestead, and meanders through spinifex plains and rocky outcrops before finishing at the amazing Cliff Lookout. “Deep Reach day use area has also undergone several improvements. We’ve increased the number of BBQ facilities and added more sheltered tables and chairs along the bank, which provides a lovely view of Deep Reach pool.

“We have also added two large steps at both entrances to the pool. This will ensure everyone can access the waters and enjoy a swim,” he said.

“Entry fees are $11 per vehicle for each visit, so I encourage the Shire of Ashburton residents to take advantage of this great offer,” Marc said.

Python Pool also boasts new BBQ facilities and two sets of table and chairs under the trees.

“Whether you decide to visit for one day or camp over a number of days, there is so much to see and do.

Crossing Pool, Stargazers and Miliyanha campsites are now open year-round (as these are campsites, day visitors will need to go to Deep Reach day use area), and a remote campsite, known as George’s Gorge in the George River area, is currently being developed.

“We have walking tracks for all levels of ability, including the 750m Homestead Trail to the 8km heritage Camel Trail. Visitors can swim in the cool waterholes of Deep Reach and Crossing Pool, or just take in some of the Pilbara’s most beautiful wildlife and scenery over a picnic lunch.”

“We’ve also developed Crossing Pool campsite and it features ten designated sites for small to medium camping trailers or tented camping however it’s not suitable for caravans,” Marc said. Shire of Ashburton residents who want to visit Millstream Chichester National Park can get great value from DEC’s annual local park pass. The pass is only $20 and provides residents with unlimited entry into Millstream Chichester and Karijini National Parks for 12 months. Camping fees still apply.

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For more information on Millstream Chichester National Park or to purchase an annual local park pass visit The annual local park passes can also be purchased from DEC on 9210 8000.

Artist shows students and teachers how to look at culture through art Artist in residence Matt McVeigh has provided an invaluable learning experience to the students and teachers of Tom Price and Paraburdoo during his six and a half week stay in the Pilbara. During Matt’s residency, Kindergarten to Year 3 classes learnt the local traditional Indigenous words for animals and plants through ceramic tile making and Year 4 to 7 classes explored dreamtime stories through making puppets and performing a play. The high school students delved deeper into how contemporary art – including sculpture, conceptual, performance and installation – could be used to address culture. “A lot of kids are like ‘I’m not strong at drawing and painting’. I’ve tried to show them, widen their appreciation of art and what it can be, it’s not your traditional motifs with paintbrushes,” Matt said.

Zara Parker came up with the idea to fill a tent with red, yellow and black balloons and throw a ‘cultural party’. Photo by Tiffany Davidson

Matt and the students worked on a seesaw installation piece after a discussion on the culture of the Pilbara found that some students thought Tom Price was just about mining.

Matt’s visit was thanks to a $30,000 Artist in Residency (AIR) Grant provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Education, ArtsEdge and the Australia Council.

One side of the seesaw represented mining and the other side was left empty for students and their families to place personal objects of importance, until the seesaw was at an equilibrium weight.

The grant aimed to bring local culture and stories into the classroom while incorporating art into other subject areas to facilitate cross-curricular activities.

“You’ve got this beautiful national park and Tom Price has got a strong community, probably more so than some of the other communities I’ve been to, so that’s what I tried to address,” he said.

“I liked writing poems and painting about my culture” Ethan Hicks, Year 9

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Throughout Matt’s residency, the students continued to focus on different aspects of culture through art. Year 9 student Zara Parker came up with the idea to fill a tent with red, yellow and black balloons and throw a ‘cultural party’. Upon entering the tent, glitter is thrown at guests to represent Zara’s past and present ancestors. “The piece is about celebrating the Indigenous culture in Tom Price. The balloons represent a party. The colours represent my flag, they symbolise my pride. The glitter is the spirit of my ancestors. I wanted to do something different to the art by other Aboriginal artists. This work (installation art) is fun and interactive,” Zara said. Year 12 student Arnie Injie also shadowed Matt for one week as part of his work experience. Tom Price Senior High School teacher and AIR Grant coordinator Robyn Wade said the grant provided the students with opportunities they often missed out on due to remoteness, and hoped it would inspire some students to consider artistic careers. She said Matt also helped demonstrate to teachers that they can run an art exercise in their classroom to engage their students differently.

“Matt is very helpful and always gives good advice as to which ste p to take next with my ar twork , and always willing to suggest ways to improve” Paula-Kayte Shannon, Year 11

Darren Stevenson and Melinda Pownall enjoying the cultural celebration. Photo by Tiffany Davidson

“Matt has been helpful with collaborating ideas with me and also providing inspiration for my work. It’s been good to have a dif ferent ar tistic opinion available”

Matthew McVeigh at Paraburdoo Primary School

Matt said he enjoyed his time in the Pilbara and hoped to return in the near future for an exhibition of the students’ work. “Other places I’ve been to, it’s just been a job but I actually feel integrated with the community, they’ve made me feel welcome,” Matt said. “The AIR Grant is important as art needs to be funded because it’s overlooked. There’s a lot of history in art, it says a lot about our society and what we did. “It’s also a good way for kids to express themselves who maybe aren’t the best writers or don’t have the sporting achievements or who are a bit shy,” he said.

Chloe Ogilvie, Year 12

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“It was good working with the class as a whole group” Clinton Ishigushi, Year 9

“T he program has helped me to be more creative and a lit tle more interested in ar t”

Jack Marsden, Year 10

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Only six schools in Western Australia were awarded this round of AIR Grants and thanks to the submission made by teacher Robyn Wade, Tom Price High School (and its feeder primary schools in Tom Price and Paraburdoo) was the only country school to receive the grant. As part of the grant, Matt assisted teachers in facilitating crosscurricular activities for their students, including a Year 9 English class. Students wrote poems about themselves and their culture onto cut out silhouette shapes, which were then placed around the school grounds. “Art itself is a positive and fun facility and when there’s a crossover (in curriculum) it’s really engaging because not only are students writing poems for English, they are acting it out and doing something quite different that gets them out of the classroom,” Robyn said.

Shire committed to recycling in Ashburton towns

The Shire of Ashburton has recycled more than 14 tonnes of aluminium, paper, glass, cardboard and plastic deposited into the e-PODs in Tom Price and Paraburdoo over the last two years. The Shire has also diverted from landfill nearly 1,050 tonnes of metal, 35 tonnes of batteries, 119,510 litres of oils and 3,000 tyres through the towns’ tips to recycling facilities. Waste Coordinator Margaret Rowe said the Shire was committed to recycling and was continuing to look at steps to improve and increase the region’s facilities.

“We relaunched recycling in June 2010. The Shire held open days to properly educate the community on recycling. We provided subsidised compost bins and free black crates for people to separate their recycling and we held tours at the Shire depot to show how materials are crushed and baled. “Since the relaunch recycling has been going well, people want to recycle. In Paraburdoo we empty the e-PODs twice a week and in Tom Price it’s at least three times a week. We empty on a Friday afternoon and by first thing Monday morning it’s overflowing,” she said.

“Recycling officially started in 2008, but the Shire had to close the facilities for a short time as there was a lot of contamination. People weren’t educated about recycling and were putting the wrong items into the e-Pods or weren’t properly rinsing out their milk bottles or food cans,” Margaret said.

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“We want to now start recycling in Onslow and the Shire is in the process of going into a partnership with Rio Tinto and Toxfree, a major waste and recycling company in Australia. We will look at setting up more e-PODs and giving the existing e-PODs a facelift. As it’s a transient community the partnership is also based on continuing to educate people about recycling.” While the community response to recycling is growing, so is the concern on how recyclable materials are handled. Unfortunately there are rumours circulating that the Shire of Ashburton is disposing of recyclable materials with general waste into landfill.

Recycling fast facts In 2010 the Shire won the Tidy Towns award for Waste and Recycling in the Pilbara and Margaret also received a special commendation for her efforts. Over the last two years the Shire has recycled and transported: • 10.9 tonnes of cardboard and paper • 1.9 tonnes of plastic • 3,000 tyres • 119,510 litres of oils • 1049 tonnes of metals • 1.5 tonnes of cans • 35 tonnes of batteries “With glass, as it’s so heavy, we have to collect it from the e-PODs in our rear-loader rubbish truck, so I think a lot of people see the rubbish truck taking the glass and they think it’s going into landfill,” Margaret said.

“The Shire is working towards zero waste, the more things we can stop going into landfill the better. I think we should be recycling everything we can. We want a clean, green environment,” she said.

“Recyclables do not get disposed of with general waste, the only reason it will ever get put in with landfill is if it is contaminated.

If you would like more information on recycling within your town, contact Margaret Rowe on 0459 152 005.

“All recycling is done in Tom Price, even the recycling from Paraburdoo. It’s stored here in bins or in big plastic cages until we can crush and bale it. Then it’s taken to an area at the back of the recycling yard for storage before it’s transported to Perth.

The Shire is working towards zero waste, the more things we can stop going into landfill the better. I think we should be recycling everything we can. We want a clean, green environment …

Tips for recycling • Make sure you rinse food cans and milk bottles as unwashed items are contaminated and can’t be recycled. • Use a plastic crate to separate and store your plastics, cardboard, cans and glass for recycling – it will only take a few minutes. • Start a compost garden using food scraps, egg shells and paper. • Involve the whole family. Take your children to the e-PODs and let them place the items in the different sections; it’s a great way to teach them about recycling.

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Council meeting dates & locations Onslow

19 September 2012

RM Forrest Memorial Hall


Tom Price

17 October 2012

Meeting Room, Community Recreation Centre



21 November 2012

Ashburton Hall



12 December 2012

RM Forrest Memorial Hall


Living Ashburton – your towns, your say Shire of Ashburton Community Satisfaction Survey Tom Price | Paraburdoo | Onslow | Pannawonica

Living Ashburton – Community Satisfaction Survey 3rd – 28th September 2012 The Survey is about Council and our Communities working together to achieve the best outcomes. To work towards this the Shire will be conducting a community wide survey in September to listen to your views about the services the Shire provides.

The Survey is included in this edition of the Inside Ashburton and will also be available online at

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Protect your pet from parvovirus Recently there has been a significant increase of pets contracting parvovirus throughout the region, which reinforces the need to have pets vaccinated. Tom Price veterinarian Dr Richard Knight said to ensure a dog’s health, it was important for dog owners to regularly vaccinate their pet, as vaccines prevented many illnesses including the life-threatening parvovirus or parvo as it is commonly known. Dr Knight said dogs of all ages could contract parvo, which is spread through contact with an infected dog’s faeces, and even though the faeces may be long gone the virus can still be present in the area. “The viral particles enter the dog’s nose and go via the blood into the dog’s growing cells, especially the gut and bone marrow, and destroy them,” he said. “Although dogs of all ages can contract the virus, puppies are particularly at risk as they have a lot more growing cells and a lot less reserves to get them through a serious illness. “If your dog is in an area where lots of dogs defecate such as a park or an oval, there is a greater chance of those viral particles being in higher numbers. “Your dog can also contract the virus if you go to these areas and pick up those particles on your shoes and walk them into your property. Bleach will not kill the virus so if you are worried about this, talk to your vet about a more potent disinfectant,” he said. Signs a dog has contracted parvo include diarrhoea, vomiting and massive dehydration with electrolyte imbalances that cannot be fixed by giving your pet water.

In some cases death occurs quickly within 24 hours but often it will take over a week. “The symptoms of parvo appear usually around 10 days post infection, so your dog may appear healthy even though they have picked up the virus,” Dr Knight said. “Vaccination is the only way to prevent parvo. The more dogs vaccinated the less the disease is excreted. You can also reduce the risk by not taking your puppy to areas frequented by other dogs until it has been fully vaccinated. “It is also important to remember that vaccines do wear out over time. Just because your dog was vaccinated as a puppy, it doesn’t mean they are safe now, and unfortunately we have seen this in Paraburdoo with a three-yearold dog contracting the virus.” Dr Knight said he did not want to see any more families lose their much loved pets to a virus which could be easily prevented. “Our advice is to speak with your vet about the most appropriate vaccination regime as it is so important to have your pet regularly vaccinated.” To make an appointment to have your vet vaccinated or for enquiries contact your local veterinary clinic. Tom Price Vet: 9189 1500 Exmouth Vet: 9949 2499 Karratha Vet: 9185 1600

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Pet Profile

Name: Jazz Looking for: Friendly loving home Age: 12 weeks old Likes: Children & getting pats Dislikes: Being left in backyard & ignored Appearance: Soft fuzzy brown fur, different to most dogs in texture Other Pets: I come from a large litter, and am used to other dogs. Relationship status: Jazz has a shorthaired coat and it is very soft, she gets this from her mum (malamute X) and she’s quite a solid puppy with short legs. Dad is a Roti X. Jazz has no problems with other dogs, is very playful and friendly and is most comfortable around children. She loves to follow people and just wants a leader, whether it be another dog or a human to show her around. She walks well on a lead, is happy to spend the day lying around and isn’t into chewing things she shouldn’t. Jazz stands out from others by having a short tail. To view Jazz contact SAFE Tom Price on 0437 511 692 or email There is also more profile info and photos on the main pets in Tom Price/Paraburdoo. Follow us on Facebook by joining SAFE Tom Price/Paraburdoo

Tom Price Community News Tom Price primary students hit a high note with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat A vibrant performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat to packed audiences over three nights at the end of Term 2 saw the culmination of a semester of dedication, hard work and commitment from a group of Year 4-7 students at Tom Price Primary School (TPPS).

… the success of the event highlighted the significant role of the arts in a balanced curriculum, as students developed a wide range of skills.

A scene from the musical. Photographs by Emma Reiter-Youd

The musical, originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was directed by the TPPS music specialist, Scott Sullivan and codirected by teacher Penny Bingham. TPPS teacher Kath Hart said since the auditions in February, the students rehearsed during lunchtimes and every Tuesday after school, with additional weekend rehearsals throughout Term 2. “Excitement began to mount for the students as costumes began to arrive; spectacular sets created by teacher Trinity Keath and education assistant Kerryn Aird appeared and lighting effects added atmosphere to rehearsals,” she said.

“All that was required was an audience for the event to be etched into the students’ memories for life. All cast members agreed that the success of the performance made the weeks of preparation worth the effort.” Kath said the success of the event highlighted the significant role of the arts in a balanced curriculum, as students developed a wide range of skills. “Through active involvement in an arts learning program, children learnt about the discipline of daily practice, commitment to rehearsals, being part of a team and experiencing the deep sense of accomplishment that goes with a successful performance,” she said.

“The efforts of TPPS staff in developing sets, coordinating ticketing, marketing and involvement in backstage management, along with the generosity of the sponsors Fortescue Metals Group, the Shire of Ashburton and the TPPS Parents and Citizens Association were invaluable in transforming the vision of an ambitious production into a reality”. Coincidentally, the last day of Term 2 saw the official opening of the school’s new performing arts and early childhood rooms. Attended by official visitors, Kath said this was the perfect opportunity for the cast Joseph to show off its talents again. Led by Callum Yates as Pharaoh, the group gave a rousing rendition of The Song of the King for those who had not been privileged to experience the entire production.

“They learnt to problem solve, take risks and believe in themselves. They learnt that life does not always offer instant gratification; that achievement is the culmination of dedication, commitment and effort. These are the cornerstones to resilience, the coping mechanisms to bounce back from disappointment and to overcome adversity.”

The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat cast

Kath said staging such an event depended on the commitment and goodwill of many people.

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Callum Yates as Pharaoh and Will Ledger as Joseph

Tom Price Community News The One Life Strategy Tom Price Youth Support Association is the host organisation for the WA governments “One Life Suicide Prevention Strategy” in Tom Price. A Community Forum will be held on 28 Sept and TPYSA are seeking the support of your organisation through your participation. The One Life Strategy aims to transform attitudes regarding suicide and suicidal behaviour and represents a guide for policies and services to better meet the needs of people at risk. The Strategy also charts a longer term vision to promote individual mental health and wellbeing and the need to enhance community capacity in approaches to suicide prevention. The aim of the Forum is to introduce the strategy to the community and collect nominations for a Health and Wellbeing Working Group. This group would commit to the process of implementing local community programs, projects and activities that aim to build individual and community capacity and resilience that can significantly influence the prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviours. The One Life strategy will enable our community to formulate a self help response to suicide. We hope you can attend this forum and be part of this important project. RSVP to Pania tel. 9189 2340 by Friday 21 Sept.

Tom Price scoreboard lights up community sports hall Keeping track of scores, time outs and fouls during sports activities at Tom Price Community Recreation Centre – Sports Hall has become a whole lot easier since the installation of a new, electronic scoreboard. The scoreboard is the result of the Tom Price Amateur Basketball Association’s (TPABA) successful application to Fortescue Metals Group’s Fortescue Helping Others community support program. Fortescue’s funding enabled

the purchase of the scoreboard, while local electrical contractor, Sinewave, installed it free of charge. TPABA secretary Simone Fraser said that the new scoreboard was a welcome addition to the Recreation Centre.

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Tom Price scoreboard lights up community sports hall arrow possession clearly, so it’s much better now.”

and the scoreboard enhanced the school’s programs.

Shire of Ashburton Facilities Manager Mabel Gough said there were a lot of sports played inside the centre that would benefit from the new scoreboard.

“The scoreboard is a welcome addition to the facilities of the Recreation Centre and we look forward to increasing student participation while using it in game play,” said Katharine.

“The Tom Price Community Recreation Centre – Sports Hall is the most used venue during the week for sporting activities,” Mabel said.

Fortescue community superintendent Scott Hansen said Fortescue was delighted to assist the community with a project that benefitted a wide range of sporting activities in Tom Price.

“Hockey, basketball, volleyball, exercise classes and taekwondo are just some of the groups which will be able to use the board for various timing and scoring requirements. It is great to see local sporting groups apply for funding and to have Fortescue support the Tom Price community.”

“We hope the community receives great enjoyment from the new addition,” he said. Fortescue has distributed more than $100,000 to community, non-profit and sporting groups in Tom Price since November 2011 and plans to continue such support into the future.

“It’s a good feeling to be able to contribute to the outcome that the TPABA envisaged,” said Scott. “I’m glad that the board is up and running, helping local sporting groups run their games more efficiently and professionally.”

Tom Price Senior High School Teacherin-charge of Health and Physical Education Katharine Miller said the centre was used heavily by the school

Sinewave’s Tom Price Branch Manager Simon Kemp said that Sinewave was always happy to support the Tom Price community.

Simone Fraser, Scott Hansen, Ruby Fraser, Michelle McGregor, Ashlynn McGregor and Mabel Gough with the new scoreboard now in use at Tom Price Recreation Centre. Photo by Kelly Charles

What’s New to the Tom Price Library I, Mick Gatto With Tom Noble Mick Gatto. Gambler. Underworld veteran. Melbourne gangland survivor. Made into a household name Australia-wide by the hit television series Underbelly, in his autobiography, Mick Gatto finally reveals the man behind the headlines.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW ON OUR SHELVES … Every new month we receive exciting new items for the young and adult readers

Programs at the library: Rhyme Time – Mondays at 11am Book Club – Meets once a month Story Time – Fridays at 11am On Mondays bring the children along to sing some songs and listen to a story. On Fridays listen to a story and have some fun making an exciting craft. PH: 9189 1053 Email:

Opening hours: Mon, Tues, Fri 10:00a.m to 1:00p.m & 2:00p.m to 5:00p.m Wed, Sun CLOSED Thursday 10:00a.m to 1:00p.m & 3:30p.m to 6:30p.m Saturday 8.30am to 12 noon

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Paraburdoo Community News Councillor receives Local Government Award Councillor Ivan Dias received recognition for his longstanding service to the community when he received a Local Government Merit Award last month. WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard presented Cr Dias the Merit Award which recognises elected members who have provided distinguished service to the community through their Local Government. A Councillor with the Shire of Ashburton since 2007, Ivan has been a Fire & Rescue Service volunteer since 1992. He has been the Brigade lieutenant since 2001 and received his national service medal in 2009. A Justice of the Peace, Ivan has also been appointed as a special minister in the Catholic Church, is a member of the Local Emergency Management committee, volunteers with the local Ambulance Service, and is fundraising co-ordinator for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Paraburdoo and Tom Price. In addition to this, he also umpires local sports and is licensed by the Department of Environmental Protection to relocate wild fauna. Being a Councillor for Local Government requires commitment and dedication. Ivan Dias is an outstanding example of an Elected Member who commits countless personal hours to improving the opportunities available to people in the community.

WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard presents Cr Ivan Dias with Local Government Merit Award

“There are 138 Local government Councils across WA and nearly 1300 elected members. To be one of the few to be selected as an Award winner is very humbling,” said Cr Dias.

What’s New to the Paraburdoo Library DEAD MEN by Richard Pierce The discovery of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic in November 1912 started a global obsession with him as a man and an explorer. But one mystery remains – why did he and his companions spend their last ten days in a tent only 11 miles from the safety of a depot that promised food and shelter?

Story time

What else is new on our shelves…

Thursdays @ 10am Book Club – meets once a month

New items arriving each month! Come in and check them out. Membership is free!

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Paraburdoo Community News New radar for the Pilbara region Airservices Australia, the national air traffic control services provider, has begun work to install an en route radar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The radar, being built at Paraburdoo, will be used to provide air traffic control surveillance in the region and enable Airservices to respond to the increase in air traffic due to significant resource sector growth. It will provide air traffic controllers with the ability to ‘see’ aircraft down to the ground at Paraburdoo as well as provide coverage down to approximately 10,000ft for traffic operating in or out of West Angeles, Barimunya and Fortescue Dave Forrest and to about 15,000ft for traffic to Newman. It will also provide some radar coverage of traffic operating to and from Karratha, and predicted coverage at Onslow will be 20,000-21,000 feet. This will pick up aircraft en route from Perth to locations such as Bali. Airservices Executive General Manager Projects and Engineering, Mark Rodwell, said that air traffic in Western Australian had grown exponentially in the last five years. “Perth Airport, the hub for growth in Western Australia, has experienced a rise of eight per cent in aircraft movements in the last year alone,” Mr Rodwell said. “With so many additional planes flying to and from the Pilbara region, radar provides us with the capability to know the exact location of an aircraft in real time.

Construction of the new radar at Mt Mysery

“This enables us to make safer and more efficient use of the airspace, allowing aircraft to operate more efficiently, and reducing pilot and controller workload to further enhance safety.” The radar installation is expected to be completed by November 2012 and the onset of the wet season. The radar will be installed on a sublease site at Mt Mysery, 10.5km from the Paraburdoo airport, which also contains other Airservices equipment including a communications tower. An Indigenous heritage site inspection was carried out earlier this year by three consultants from Yamatj Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) which confirmed no suspected cultural heritage sites would be affected. Airservices has carried out a comprehensive safety assessment to ensure there are no risks to the environment or local residents.

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With so many additional planes flying to and from the Pilbara region, radar provides us with the capability to know the exact location of an aircraft in real time. This includes an assurance that the radar complies with all Australian and international standards relating to radio frequency transmissions. Airservices is wholly owned by the Australian Government and governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Pannawonica Community News Kirrily raises money for African school kids The Pannawonica community is supporting Shire of Ashburton Activities Officer Kirrily Donoghoe as she raises money for charity-funded The School of St Jude located in Tanzania, Africa.

Kilos for Kili team participate in City to Surf fun run

Rochelle Knight and Kirrily Donoghoe

Kirrily and her good friend Rochelle Knight will donate the money to the school when they travel to Africa in November this year. Kirrily said she and her family “felt moved and compelled” to sponsor The School of St Jude after it featured on an episode of ABC’s Australian Story. Australian woman Gemma Sisia founded the school in 2002 to provide free high-quality education, boarding facilities, clean running water and healthy meals to over 1,500 of the poorest children living in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. The school also provides employment opportunities to more than 400 local people.

“Last year I decided to take 12 months leave from teaching to spend more time with my young family and to do some things for myself, so I decided I would like to go to Africa and visit the school,” Kirrily said. “The school offers many travel packages for visitors, and one of them was to climb Mt Kilimanjaro which is located near the school. “I thought it would be great to climb the mountain but I would have to get fit first, and I decided to make it into a fitness challenge where I could get sponsorship to lose weight and all money raised would go to the school.” Kirrily soon enlisted Rochelle and members of the Pannawonica Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service in the ‘Kilos for Kili’ (Kilimanjaro) challenge. The group has participated in a triathlon and fun run, and most recently held a fundraising dinner at the local fire station in August. Thanks to the overwhelming support from the Pannawonica and Karratha communities, Kilos for Kili has raised $6,507.00.

Kirrily and her parents Pat and Ray Pryor who travelled from NSW for the fundraising dinner

“At first I didn’t know how much money we could raise, so I didn’t set a goal as I was happy with whatever I could get as every bit helps,” she said.

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Kirrily participating in a triathlon

“But now as we are so close, I would love to raise $10,000 for the school’s 10 year anniversary,” she said. Unfortunately on her doctor’s advice, Kirrily will be unable to climb the high altitudes of Mt Kilimanjaro but said she and Rochelle were still looking forward to their trip. “Rochelle and I will be in Africa for three weeks and we will stay at the school to watch their end of year celebrations. We will also be visiting an orphanage and a local village and we are considering hiking through the Kilimanjaro National Park,” she said. If you would like to make a donation to The School of St Jude please contact Kirrily by email or phone 0429 214 572.

Pannawonica Community News Wandoo project housing refurbishments complete More than 230 Pannawonica families are enjoying newly refurbished homes following a $270 million upgrade project undertaken by Rio Tinto. The keys to a newly-refurbished home were handed to the Rutherford family earlier this month, marking the completion of the housing phase of the Wandoo project. After living in a transit home for five weeks while the work was undertaken, the family was pleased to move back to their home. Clint and Stacey Rutherford, who have lived in the home for five years with their two children, said they appreciated what the project had delivered for them and the town. “We love the refreshing look of our refurbished house, it’s fantastic to be part of the Wandoo project.” Commencing in March 2010, the Wandoo project also includes upgrades to parks, landscaping and footpaths in the town.

Work is now underway to complete upgrades of the Pannawonica Tavern and community hall, with the entire Wandoo project due for completion in September. Rio Tinto general manager Mine Operations Robe Valley Bob Hirte said the upgrade was timely as the town had just celebrated its’ 40th anniversary. “Forty years on from inception, our town has been given a new lease on life with houses and community facilities alike looking reinvigorated,” Mr Hirte said. “This significant upgrade project is nearing completion, and already the benefits are visible. Residents are showing a sense of pride for where they live and our future as a town is looking bright.” The Wandoo project was established in 2009, following an announcement that Pannawonica would be retained as the residential base for its workforce in nearby Robe Valley.

Rio Tinto general manager Accommodations & Towns Operations, Alistair Baron congratulates the Rutherford family after their move back into the last refurbished house in Pannawonica.

We love the refreshing look of our refurbished house, it’s fantastic to be part of the Wandoo project.

What’s New to the Pannawonica Library All That I Am Anna Funder Winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, All That I Am is inspired by fact – drawn from interviews, memoirs and autobiographies detailing the lives of a group of Jewish Germans who resisted Hitler in the 1930s. This clever and intriguing novel combines love and war, friendship and betrayal revolving around the issue of personal morality. In a testament to individual heroism, Fuller has written a powerful novel that will appeal to a wide audience.

What else is new on our shelves…

BookClub for Adults Started Tuesday 21st Aug – 7.30pm

New items arriving each month! Come in and check them out.

Once a Month at the Pannawonica Library

Storytime Tuesdays 10am and 10.30am DURING SCHOOL TERMS Bring the children down to read a story and practice their craft skills

Opening Hours Mon 10am – 4pm Tues 10am – 4pm , 6.30pm – 8.30pm Wed-Fri 10am – 4pm Phone – 9184 1038 Email –

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Onslow Community News Chevron brings orchestra to Onslow Onslow locals became part of the wonderful world of classical music in July, when a group of West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) musicians brought the show to town. Wheatstone Project General Manager Eric Dunning, who also attended the concert, took the opportunity to thank the community for their support and input to the project so far. “Hosting and participating in the free WASO concerts is a fun way to bring people together and enjoy music. It also demonstrates our commitment to making a positive impact on the community in Onslow,” Eric said. The WASO musicians also held an interactive workshop at Onslow School, where students had the full attention of acclaimed musicians and a chance to try out a variety of instruments.

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra treated Onslow locals to a free community concert – Image by Chevron Australia

Chevron Australia sponsored the WASO on the Road Pilbara Tour, which brings musicians to Onslow, Karratha and Dampier.

What’s New to the Onslow Library Foxmask Juliet Marillier At his coming of age, Thorvald learns a shocking secret about his parentage, and sets out on a perilous voyage in search of a father he has never known. His loyal friend, Creidhe, daughter of a Wolfskin and a wise woman, was never meant to be part of this desperate journey. But love works in strange ways. In the Lost Isles they find a population gripped by terror. The Unspoken sing away the souls of the newborn and the chieftain of the Isles answers to nobody, least of all to the Christian hermits who seek to bring a measure of calm to the trouble folk.

What else is new on our shelves… Creidhe and Thorvald become enmeshed in a battle for survival, in which they find themselves on opposing sides. For the future of the islands depends on a visionary child: the powerful seer Foxmask. Snatched away in infancy by a young kinsman, the boy is held in a place protected by ancient forces of nature. And to

retrieve him and bring peace, the islanders must endure the annual ritual of the hunt on the Isle of Clouds.

New items arriving each month! Come in and check them out.

Before the summer is over, Thorvald and Creidhe will learn truths about themselves and about the world that will change them both forever.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 9:00a.m to 4:00p.m Phone: 9184 6001

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Onslow Community News Onslow Industry Forum Challenges that face local business was the focus of the most recent Onslow Industry Forum, held on 26 July at the Shire of Ashburton Forest Hall.

Business operators were also encouraged to ‘prequalify’ to strengthen their opportunity, which involved training and inductions to ensure compliance to stringent safety standards and verification of competency.

Well attended with over 80 people, the event was sponsored by Bechtel to support the development of partnerships between local business and industry. Previously, local business operators indicated they wanted to better understand the contracting arrangements associated with the Wheatstone Development including the opportunities that arise. In response, the July forum was planned to address issues surrounding this, including presentations and a Q&A session.

Business operators were also encouraged to ‘prequalify’ to strengthen their opportunity, which involved training and inductions to ensure compliance to stringent safety standards and verification of competency. Bechtel invited their first tier contractors to Onslow to provide the opportunity for local business operators to network and engage with them directly.

Representatives from elected contractors gave talks and presentations including Compass Group ESS, Boral, Monadelphous Engineering, John Holland, Greyhound, NRW, Decmil and McLaren’s Raw Hire. The key outcomes of the night was to provide insight into the contractual arrangements, to introduce local business direct to the contractors and provide opportunity for further relationship building. The next forum is scheduled for November with a focus to continue to strengthen networks and support partnership between local business, contractors and industry.

Questions raised by local business representatives included concerns regarding the tendering process. A local business operator suggested that a more efficient system be available, as small local businesses do not have the time and resources for lengthy tender applications, especially when duplication is exercised, and perhaps a central resource network could be established. Wheatstone and Bechtel wanted to ensure local businesses were aware of opportunities that are currently available to them, including the support in being “contract ready”. Steve Haselhurst of Cape Australia, Len Brown of Curnow Group, Rob Croft and Mick Little from Bechtel. Photo by Mike Edmondson

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Onslow Community News Reducing Impacts on Onslow As construction of the Wheatstone Project continues to ramp up, the project team remains focused on reducing the impacts on Onslow. New pipelines are being installed to reduce the number of trucks on local roads.

The first pipeline will run from the Chevron yard at Beadon Creek to the truck stop on the southern edge of the town (Onslow-Mt Stuart Road), which will enable water trucks to fill up without entering Onslow’s light industrial area. The second pipeline project is now being installed from the beach near Hooley Creek to the construction village site, to provide construction water. When the pipeline and pumping system is completed in a few months time, the trucking of water from Beadon Creek will cease. Article as published in the Wheatstone Community Bulletin issue 8.

“We realise a big project in and around a small town can have some big impacts – both positive and negative,” Chevron Construction Manager Jim Rentschler said. “So we are doing what we can to reduce or mitigate the negative impacts and maximise the positive ones and you can see that in a number of things we have going on at present.”

The rental of two mini-buses to add to the fleet is another measure designed to minimise traffic between the construction village and the town. Two pipeline projects are also well underway to help remove traffic from Beadon Creek Road.

… we are doing what we can to reduce or mitigate the negative impacts and maximise the positive ones and you can see that in a number of things we have going on at present.

Recently a third accommodation vessel, the Ocean Quest, arrived at Beadon Creek to provide floating accommodation for project workers. Between the Faraday Pearl, the Eco Abrolhos and the Ocean Quest there are now about 70 beds available for the Wheatstone workforce. “As we open up more beds at the camp we will become less dependent on beds in Onslow and that means less traffic, and therefore less impact,” Jim said.

There are now three vessels moored at Beadon Creek providing floating accommodation for project workers.

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Household Rubbish Collection

Household and Commercial Rubbish Collection

Tuesday 25th December 2012

NIL Christmas Day

Wednesday 26th December 2012


Thursday 27th December 2012

Monday 24th December 2012

Commercial Rubbish

Tuesday 25th December 2012

NIL Christmas Day

Tom Price Central

Wednesday 26th December 2012

Boxing Day

Friday 28th December 2012

Tom Price Area W

Thursday 27th December 2012

Domestic Rubbish

Tuesday 1st January 2013

NIL New Years Day

Friday 28th December 2012

Commercial Rubbish

Wednesday 2nd January 2013


Monday 31st December 2012

Commercial Rubbish

Thursday 3rd January 2013

Tom Price Central

Tuesday 1st January 2013

NIL New Years Day

Friday 4th January 2013

Tom Price Area W

Wednesday 2nd January 2013

Domestic Rubbish

The Tom Price and Paraburdoo Tip Opening Times are as follows: Monday 24th December 2012


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Wednesday 26th December 2012


Thursday 27th December 2012


Friday 28th December 20112


Saturday 29th December 2012


Sunday 30th December 2012


Monday 31st December 2012


Tuesday 1st January 2013


The Onslow Tip Opening Times are as follows: Monday 24th December 2012


Tuesday 25th December 2012


Wednesday 26th December 2012


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Friday 28th December 2012


Monday 31st December 2012


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Christmas Closure Shire Administration offices will be closed from 2.00 pm Friday 21 December 2012 and reopen 9.00 am Wednesday 2 January 2013

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SPIRIT STAR – The Spirit Search for a Star We have our Australian Idol, we know who has the X-Factor and now the Spirit Radio Network wants to unearth Western Australia’s newest talent in the Spirit Search for a Star! The first ever talent show of its kind undertaken in Western Australian regional radio, the Spirit Search for a Star hopes to find untapped talent in regional WA.

Spirit is looking for a STAR . . .

“This is a great opportunity for singer/songwriters and bands in regional WA who sometimes get over looked,” Spirit breakfast presenter Justin Thomson said. The competition is a rare opportunity for up and coming artists to launch their music career in WA.

It could be YOU!!!

“I am determined to find a superstar or a supergroup, someone I can support for a long time after this search is over,” Justin said. The winner will receive The Spirit’s Career Kick Start Package with state wide exposure that includes a LIVE television performance on Telethon 2012, radio interviews on shows across the state, a recording or live performance on radio, plus loads more!


Auditions open on Monday September 3 2012 and close on Friday September 21 at 12:00pm WST. Would-be-stars must upload an audition video to and register online at www.spiritradio. to enter.

Give your music career a kick start and upload your audition video!

For further information or to arrange an interview contact Rhianne Miller 9482 9462 or Email:


The Spirit Search for a Star – it could be you!

You could WIN a performance on Telethon, statewide radio exposure . . . AND MORE! For more information or to upload your auditions go to

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Inside Ashburton September Edition  

The September edition of Inside Ashburton, covering Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Onslow and Pannawonica. Published by the Shire of Ashburton

Inside Ashburton September Edition  

The September edition of Inside Ashburton, covering Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Onslow and Pannawonica. Published by the Shire of Ashburton