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Merry Christmas SUN CITY NEWS Thursday 12 December 2013

Christmas has different meanings for different people. Across our region, many families ‘get together’ and celebrate at one of the many local venues. Both the Yanchep Inn and Lindsay’s Restaurant at Club Capricorn Resort are sold out for their Christmas Day luncheons. Christmas in WA is celebrated during summer - No snow or log fires for us, though many Christmas cards and traditions usually depict those of colder climates. Our region has a variety of cultures and our traditions are often mingled and derived from a mixture of other countries - we

have Christmas trees, Father Christmas, Christmas carols and gifts which are a familiar Christmas scenario. Christmas dinner may be a barbecue in the backyard or a picnic at one of our beaches. We usually celebrate with champagne instead of eggnog; pavlova instead of plum pudding. With Christmas coinciding with the summer holidays quite often families will celebrate Christmas away from home. Carols in the park and the annual ‘Santa Run’ are all a part of celebrating a West Australian Christmas Check the Community Notices for details of what’s on locally this Christmas.

McGowan and Quigley speak out about neglect of region Last week, both the Leader of the Opposition, Mark McGowan, and local politician, John Quigley, spoke out about the ‘broken promises’ affecting the Yanchep region. Both the Mitchell Freeway and railway extensions to Yanchep have been delayed/defered for consideration in future state government budgets. Last week in parliament, John Quigley challenged the Premier,

Colin Barnett, when he was explaining how much additional education funding he had secured from Canberra. Mr Quigley interjected, demanding to know whether the premier would give back the $10.5 million promised for upgrade at Yanchep District High School. The premier did not reply, and Mr Quigley said: “I interjected twice, on behalf of Yanchep parents

and students. The Premier did not respond to my question and the Government Speaker presiding over parliament ordered me out of the chamber.” The next day, Mr Quigley presented a 312 signature petition in parliament demanding Yanchep DHS be brought up to an acceptable standard. Watch the videos from the McGowan visit to Yanchep DHS online at

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Over the past week, Yanchep District High School has been finalising arrangements with the City of Wanneroo to use Oldham Oval for school use, next year.

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In 2014, primary school students will have more space to play in, while secondary students will be able to spread across the current small school oval. Having usage of Oldham oval is necessary due to the increase in enrolments and the desire to give students more space.

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Fr o m t h e e d i t o r ’ s d e s k Through the amazing generosity of our community the Christmas collection could have filled at least five more bins. I would like to thank everyone who donated a gift or food to help families that may be doing it a bit tough this Christmas. Find us on Facebook IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL ADVERTISERS All advertising must be pre-paid prior to deadline unless an authorised 21 day account has been established with Sun City Publishing Pty Ltd. Payments can be made by credit card, cheque, money order or cash at our office, Shop 14 Two Rocks Shopping Centre, Enterprise Ave, Two Rocks. The Sun City News is audited annually.

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The magnificent Christmas spirit and generosity of our local community has been unbelieveable over the past couple of weeks - A City of Wanneroo Mayor’s Christmas Appeal bin was placed in the Sun City News office.

To me, celebrating Christmas has become very commercially orientated, over-spending, overeating, over-indulging to the extent that many of us lose the true meaning of Christmas. According to Wikipedia, the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ is a phrase with a long history in American pop culture.

It first appeared in the mid-19th century, and is often given vaguely religious overtones, suggesting that the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. But in pop culture usage, overt religious references are mostly avoided, and the ‘true meaning’ is taken to be a sort of introspective and benevolent attitude as opposed to the commercialisation of Christmas which has been lamented since at least the 1850s. The poem ‘A Visit From St Nicholas’ helped popularise the

tradition of exchanging gifts, and seasonal Christmas shopping began to assume economic importance. To me, Christmas is about being with family and friends, not how much you spend. Family and friends have an important place in our life, without family and friends life is nothing. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe festive season, enjoying Christmas around their family and friends. See you in 2014, for another great year.

School protest Evidence from a recent Department of Transport estimates committee hearing revealed that the Yanchep extension is no longer a Government priority and will only be considered after 2023.

Last Friday morning, State Government Opposition Leader, Mark McGowan, and local member, John Quigley, met with concerned parents at Yanchep District High School about their children’s future following the decision by the Barnett Government to scrap a $10.5 million plan to upgrade the overcrowded school. City of Wanneroo population projections predict Yanchep and surrounding suburbs Eglington, Alkimos and Two Rocks growing from 10,341 residents this year to 92,152 in 2036. Mr McGowan said the Barnett Government’s treatment of Perth’s most northern suburbs was outrageous. “To roll out a pre-election promise, detailing a $10.5 million school upgrade, then, within months break that promise – I don’t blame parents for being angry,” he said. “We are talking about a district high school that has seen enrolments go from 448 in 2009 to more than 800.This school was never designed to cater for such a large student population.

“Colin Barnett needs to stop turning sods at Elizabeth Quay and actually come out here and start addressing the needs of people in our suburbs. In November 2012, the State Government outlined a $40 million four year capital works program for district high schools to end in 2016. However, Education Minister Peter Collier has now confirmed that Yanchep’s $10.5 million works, including two science labs, two design and technology workshops, arts studio and toilets, had been deferred. Mr McGowan said crucial services and infrastructure for the community could not afford to be cancelled and delayed when the population was about to explode by nearly 800 per cent. As part of the State Government’s 20-year public transport plan released in 2011, the extension of the northern suburbs railway to Yanchep was labelled as one of ‘two key transformational projects’ to be delivered by 2020.

Mr McGowan said: “Without any certainty or confidence in Government plans or commitments, how are developers and families supposed to invest in Perth’s northern edge?” Local member, John Quigley, said residents in the Butler electorate were being punished by a Premier who was addicted to breaking promises to residents in the northern suburbs. “Yanchep District High School was built more than 27 years ago to cater for the small village population,” Mr Quigley said. “Yanchep’s population has exploded with recent developments and student numbers have doubled in only four years. “Colin Barnett’s decision to cut the upgrade to Yanchep is a devastating blow and a complete slap in the face to local residents. You can find more information about these Barnett broken promises and many others at: Geoff Parry from Channel 7 and the Sun City News were the only media present at the meeting Go to to watch the speeches from the meeting.

Council notice concerns residents With the City of Wanneroo’s recent Public Notice advertising the ‘Realignment/Change to level Notice of Brazier Road Stage 2’, a number of residents have asked ‘Why it wasn’t published in the Sun City News’? The Sun City News was told that City of Wanneroo planning officers determine where and when they will advertise their Public Notices. No other explanation was provided why the ad was not advertised locally. The City of Wanneroo did provide a list of the three projects identified in the Yanchep Two Rocks Develop-

ment Contribution Plan, to be delivered over a 10 year period: n 2017/18 Surf Life Saving Club at Yanchep Lagoon; n 2020/21 Coastal Node facilities at Capricorn; and n 2023/24 Public Open Space (Active), Yanchep Metropolitan Centre. The City of Wanneroo media response stated: “Note that the timing of the Yanchep Public Open Space in the DCP was listed at the end of the 10 year period due to the uncertainty regarding the inclusion, or otherwise, of the land acquisition costs. This is a provisional timeframe only.”

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, the council was to consider a draft Deed of Agreement for the construction of earthworks for the two Yanchep ovals on Lot 602 Marmion Avenue by Yanchep Beach Joint Venture. Cr Brett Treby moved to defer the report, stating that correspondence and additional information was presented to elected members just prior to the meeting and he doubted that councillors had sufficent time to fully read and understand the new information suppled. A special meeting is to be held on Tuesday 17 December.

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Police kept busy Over the past two weeks, Yanchep Police with support from Warwick and Midland Traffic have been busy addressing speeding and hooning issues, drink-driving offences and general crime activities. In late November, two police on motorbikes were kept busy all day with speeders on Marmion Ave, near Jindowie. The Sun City News is aware of two locals who received two speeding tickets in a 10k stretch of Marmion Ave the same day. On 28 November, Yanchep police seized an unregistered quad bike on Marmion Ave, the driver had a suspended licence and will appear in Joondalup Court. The next day, police seized another vehicle on Two Rocks Road, near Marcon Street. Over the first weekend in December, there were three night time break-ins in Two Rocks - Blaxland Avenue, Leichhardt Drive, and Ashmore Avenue. The Sun City News understands most of the stolen property was found in a nearby home.

Drug charges A 34 year old Carabooda man has been charged with several drug related offences. Detectives searched his car and property finding a quantity of methamphetamines. He has been charged with possession, sell and supply, possession of

More illegals stopped

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash said the detention of these people should also serve as a warning to employers that they face severe penalties if they gave jobs to illegal workers.

In a joint operations with WA Police and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, in late November, 17 visa overstayers were detained in a series of immigration compliance operations in Perth.

The visa entitlement verification online (VEVO) service is available to employers to check the details of prospective employees, with their consent, to quickly confirm if they are eligible to work in Australia.

The 17 people were located in three separate locations north of Perth.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years’ imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker. People with information about illegal workers or visa overstayers can call the Immigration DobIn Line on 1800 009 623.

cannabis, possession of human growth hormones, unlicenced firearm, possession stolen or unlawfully obtaining property. $6000 cash was also found and seized.

A group of 12 were found living in a house at Yanchep and taken to immigration detention, pending their removal. Four more men were detained at Gingin and the other at a joint WA PoliceDepartment of Immigration and Border Protection roadblock operation at Wilbinga.

Three fined $118,000 Arthur Della-Santina and brothers Norman and Allan Gazeley were convicted of charges including dealing in 100 rock lobsters in a black market sale to an undercover fisheries officer in 2011. The men were charged after an investigation, codenamed Operation Cosmos, targeting illegal commercial trading. Della-Santina and Norman Gazeley had also faced charges including overpotting and processing lobsters for a commercial purpose without a licence. They were convicted after a trial in the Perth Magistrate's Court last month. Fisheries Department compliance manager, John Looby, said taking fish and selling them for commercial gain without a licence not only jeopardised the livelihoods of legitimately licensed fishers but also threatened the sustainability of the fishery.

Street dumping a disgrace Is this one of the worst rubbish dumping problems you will find in your street?

The Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s illegal dumping hotline is 1300 766 541.

It is quite obvious that past and current residents of Cobia Vista, Yanchep think it’s okay to dump their rubbish on the vacant blocks in the street.

Illegal dumping can be prosecuted under the Litter Act 1979 and can attract an infringement notice of $200 or up to thousands of dollars if taken to court.

Because it is on a vacant residential block, City of Wanneroo council regulations leave the onus to clean up to the landowner - A simple search of the dumped rubbish will find several identifiable names and addresses to the culprits.

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The reasons for this behaviour usually include the distance to get to a landfill site (rubbish tip), not wanting to pay to get rid of rubbish and laziness.

First bank for Yanchep statewide multi-million dollar investment program which harnesses the rapidly developing world of digital banking with a new approach to face-to-face service. The new branch is based in the heart of fast growing Yanchep, at the Yanchep Central Shopping Centre.

Yanchep now has its very first bank, with a new million dollarplus state-of-the-art Westpac branch. Bank manager, Mark Manson, says it is already transforming the way the local community is doing its banking.

Following the successful openings in nearby Wanneroo and Ellenbrook and at Kalgoorlie and South Hedland in regional Western Australia, Westpac Yanchep is the latest to become the focus of a

The new ‘Bank Now’ site also provides the model for a network of 680 branches as they change shape and size over the next four years across Australia. As part of the new approach to banking, the traditional

screens and counters that separated customers from staff have been scrapped and replaced with an open plan layout which combines a mix of self-service banking options and tailored advice and support from specialist banking staff. This service ranges from everyday banking needs to whole-of-life financial planning and individual wealth needs. Westpac Yanchep have 100 fantastic ‘helicopter money boxes’ to giving away to customers who open a kids account starting Thursday 2 January, 2014.

Signs removed in clean up during office hours or 1300 138 393 after office hours.

In late November, a City of Wanneroo ranger removed over 25 illegal signs from a fence around the old Atlantis Marine Park site after receiving a complaint. Some of the signs had been on the fence for over five years - Two signs related to the old ‘Blue Dolphin’ restaurant which closed some years ago. City of Wanneroo regulations state that signs are not permitted on any public property (e.g. road reserves, nature strips, median strips, traffic islands or roundabouts) Community interest signs, such as sport signs and school fetes etc may be

Council calendar The City of Wanneroo’s 2014 calendar has been delivered to most residential homes. Within the calendar, there are a number of Yanchep Two Rocks photos featured, some taken by local residents. permitted by obtaining written approval from the Infrastructure Planning Department.

Ranger Services to arrange pick up. A fee of $50 per impounded sign applies.

Any signs located by council rangers may be seized and the owner prosecuted.

As fast as rangers remove signs, usually after receiving a complaint, new signs usually appear within 24 hours.

Impounded signs may be recovered from the City of Wanneroo by contacting

City of Wanneroo rangers can be contacted on 9405 5000

If you haven’t received a copy of the 2014 City of Wanneroo calendar, contact the Mayor’s office on 9405 5000 to arrange delivery.

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Sworn in and maiden speech At last month’s WA Liberal Party State Conference, Prime Minister, Tony Abbott said: “Christian Porter who has replaced Judi Moylan and it takes a lot of guts to surrender a ministry, a senior ministry in the state parliament to go into the federal parliament and Christian Porter is someone who has put the Australian back into Western Australia and I really congratulate him and thank him.”

On 12 November, newly elected Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, was officially sworn in as the Federal Member for Pearce.

Mr Porter said: “I look forward to representing the people of my electorate, and Western Australia as a whole, in the coming years.”

Earlier this week, nearly a month after being sworn in, Mr Porter made his maiden speech in federal government. Video of Mr Porter’s speech can be accessed at the Sun City News’ Facebook page.

Gingin residents honoured The Shire of Gingin has awarded the title of Honorary Freeman to two long-time community members - Norm Wallace and Pat Elliot.

been the backbone of our community. “They are highly respected, and have a genuine love for and belief in the Shire. They could not be more deserving of this award.”

Both were nominated for their outstanding commitment and distinguished service to the Shire of Gingin and will receive the formal award during the Shire’s Australia Day celebrations in January.

Both candidates were extremely surprised by their nominations. Mr Wallace said: “I usually have a pretty good idea of what is going on in the community, but I had absolutely no inkling about this.”

The special title of Honorary Freeman is awarded to residents who have demonstrated exceptional levels of service to their communities. Mr Wallace, originally from Ireland, became a resident of Gingin with his young family in 1960 and spent 33 years as Road Board secretary and shire clerk.

Cr Aspinall added: “It was the first time I’ve seen Norm speechless.” Shire of Gingin resident since 1978 and an integral member of many community organisations.

For over 50 years he has held positions within numerous sporting and community groups including the Gingin Golf Club and Lions Club of Gingin/ Chittering, and he continues to serve on a number of committees.

Mrs Elliot has coached netball and tennis for many years, been an active member of the Gingin District High School P & C, and volunteered with Gingin South Bushfire Brigade and St John Ambulance, with whom she still serves.

Mrs Elliot, the Shire’s first female nominee, has been a

Shire president, Michael Aspinall said: “Both Norm and Pat have

A deeply moved Mrs Elliot said: “I’m overwhelmed by this honour you have bestowed upon me.” The Honorary Freeman award is the highest honour a Local Government can bestow upon a person and it entitles the recipient to a commemorative plaque and invitation to all subsequent civic events and functions held within the shire for life.

Questions about health services Last week, West Australian Opposition Shadow Minister for Health, Roger Cook, asked a series of questions about Royalties for Regions funding regarding Gingin in parliament. Questions included: How much has been spent in Gingin on capital works and how much

had been spent on recurrent measures for 2010. 2011, 2012 and 2013? He also asked how much was earmarked for future capital works and future recurrent measures for 2014 and 2015? The Minister for Health, Kim Hames, responded with the

same answer every time - Nil. Mr Hames stated: “Whilst Gingin is within the Southern Inland Health Initiative catchment, no funding has been allocated specifically to this site/town. Capital funding has been directed to best support the region as a whole.”

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Garden of art Two Rocks Primary School’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden was transformed into a colourful display of artwork for the school’s annual open night. Students from every class tapped into their innate creativity and designed their very own piece of art to put on display. The ‘Kitchen Garden’ was ornamented with sculptures, mosaics, veggie planters and many other works of art, all of which were constructed from mostly recycled materials. Parents and community members were invited to be part of a ‘Gallery Walk’ through the garden to observe student’s work. There were a lot of positive comments from parents Awesome, fantastic and

delightful were some of the adjectives used. School principal, Elizabeth Wildish, said: “It was fantastic to see the whole school community support the students’ efforts as they wandered through the garden. “Seeing the wonder and joy on the students’ faces as they discovered art creations amongst the foliage of the produce being grown was priceless.” The Learning Journey that Two Rocks Primary School holds every year is very important. This annual event welcomes parents as partners in their children’s learning and provides a forum for the students to show off all of the fantastic work they have been doing throughout the year.

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St Vincent de Paul Christmas hampers Ms Karen Wilson, Christian Service Coordinator at the College said: "I have lost count of the number of students who told me how they thought about the family they collected for when they woke up first thing Christmas morning. That always made me smile. Students became very invested in the families they were collecting for and took great care about what to bring in.

Students and staff at Irene McCormack Catholic College have spread a little joy by providing families in our local community with Christmas gift hampers of food, presents, Christmas decorations, including lots of Christmas treats. This time each year students were given a description of a family in the community who are going through tough times and they imagine what it would be like to be in that position. Students spent weeks turning their baskets into overflowing Christmas hampers.

One ‘Care Group’ collected for a family of six - The dad had lost his job and the family was struggling to put food on the table.

The response and generosity of the College community has been overwhelming, with 71 hampers collected.

“To all the families who receive one of the hampers we wish you a very happy Christmas.”

As part of the 2014 scholarship program, Gingin Community Bank Branch & Lancelin Branch and Rural Bank will support an academically capable local student who may experience financial challenges with accessing tertiary study, specifically in the field of agribusiness.

Gingin Community Bank & Lancelin Branch chairman, David Roe, said the scholarship support was part of the branch’s ongoing commitment to building stronger communities. “Some students may face challenges in their ability to further their education and the program has been designed to give the students an opportunity to pursue their dreams”, David said. “We’re pleased to work with Rural Bank this year to

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This year, more than 160 scholarships will be offered across Australia. Managing Director of Rural Bank, Paul Hutchinson said the long-term success of the farming sector relied on young people being encouraged to choose a career in the industry. Scholarship applications will close on Friday 24 January, 2014 and will be assessed in early 2014. For more information visit: bendigoadelaide.

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Monster agenda to finish year for council At last Tuesday night’s City of Wanneroo council meeting, the councillors deliberated on 35 different reports, including four confidential reports behind closed doors, in a 831 page agenda. Prior to the council meeting, councillors were briefed about the Quinns erosion issues along with seven deputations on a variety of issues, causing the council meeting to start 15 minutes late. Public question time was extensive, lasting nearly 40 minutes. It was one hour into the meeting before the first agenda item was considered. Items on the agenda that directly affect the Coastal or North Ward included: n Proposed amendments to ‘Northern Coastal Growth Corridor Development Contributions’. The advertised amended LPP 3.3 proposed to increase the interim cost contribution amount for Alkimos Eglinton from $2,000 per lot to $4,000 per lot; and from $1,750 per lot to $2,195 per lot for Yanchep Two Rocks - The council agreed to the changes. n Council administration recommended not to support a proposed Amendment No. 130 to District Planning Scheme No. 2 to allow an additional warehouse use at Lot 435 Gibbs Road, Nowergup - The elected members determined that it would approve the warehouse proposal, subject to a number of conditions. n Council agreed to waiver the need for further public notification

of the modified Jindalee North Local Structure Plan No. 88, stating adequate publicity of the structure plan had already taken place and the modifications are minor in nature such as not to materially alter the intent of the structure plan or cause any significant detriment to land within or abutting the structure plan area. n Council were to reconsidered a development application for extractive industry operation at Lot 52 Nowergup Road, Nowergup, in light of additional information received from the applicant. The applicant was aggrieved by council's original refusal decision and subsequently sought to have the matter determined by the State Administrative Tribunal. As part of those proceedings, this matter was scheduled for a four day full hearing, due to commence on 9 December, at an estimated cost to council of over $200,000 plus costs if they lost the case. In out-of-session discussions between the applicant and the City of Wanneroo’s solicitors, the applicant indicated an openness to adjourn the hearing for council to consider a revised proposal at its December 2013 meeting. City of Wanneroo administration recommended putting aside the previous refused application and approve revised extractive industry proposal subject to 35 different conditions - The council voted to defer any decision due to

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a legal document they had received prior to the meeting. This report will be considered at a special meeting to be held on Tuesday 17 December. n The council agreed to submit the draft Lot 9, Jindalee Foreshore Management Plan to the Western Australian Planning Commission for its information. n In another report the council agreed to receive the update from the Western Australian Planning Commission’s conditions linked to a development approval for the proposed Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club and Public Amenities Facility. There are still four issues to be resolved before approval is received - The WAPC's approval requires an on-site drainage system to be installed; the installation of a Water Corporation approved private rising sewer main and water service is to be connected to existing services in the Capricorn Coastal Village estate; an approved clearing permit from the Department of Environment is required prior to commencement of any construction; and a site specific Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan for the YSLSC to be submitted to the WAPC for approval prior to commencement of the detail design and documentation for the YSLSC construction. No details were provided as to how long it would take to comply with these four requirements.

n Council accepted a quote of $284,550, from Western Power to instal additional street lighting to the two new bypass lanes associated with the upgrade of the Marmion Avenue/Hester Avenue intersection - The quote was $158,550 over the project cost estimate by the City of Wanneroo’s administration. n Council considered the options for immediate and medium term coastal protection works at Quinns Beach - Council were given two options: a batter slope or a limestone wall, costing between $2.813 and $3.416 million. Both option had various risks and a limited lifespan, a long-term coastal protection options for Quinns Beach was not available to the council for consideration. Council officers recommended the batter slope option without providing any substantial evidence that it was a possible five year option until further investigation of long term options. Council decided to accept ‘Option 1’ for immediate action, while looking at other longer options and further consultation with the local Quinns Rock residents. n Behind closed doors the council deliberated on a proposed emergency access route from Emerald Drive to Safari Place, Carabooda; the provision of services for the processing of recyclable material from the Cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan; PricewaterhouseCooper

Yanchep Active Open Space Project Review report; and the Chief Executive Officer Key Performance Indicators for 2014. Outcomes from the confidential reports were unavailable at the time the Sun City News went to press. The council decisions can be read in their minutes published on the web on Friday afternoon.

Is one meeting a month enough? With the number of record breaking growth across the City of Wanneroo the size of council agendas is increasing with some reports taking up to 100 pages plus to be determined - Some people are asking is one meeting a month enough? City of Wanneroo councillors were quick enough to accept a 300 per cent plus remuneration increase, last year, it could reasonable to think there would be more than 11 formal council meeting per year. In this week’s agenda each councillor was remunerated $6000 for monthly and ICT allowances. Among councillors’ duties, when they are sworn in, they confirm that they will fully read, comprehend and understand every report within the agenda. With less meetings, bigger and bigger agendas, it shows that a number of elected councillors are not complying with the sworn duites as per the Local Government Act.

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180 degree ocean views

This substantial architecturally designed home is on a large 978 square metre block. There is expansive living areas with stunning ocean views, overlooking a large pool, BBQ and alfresco area. The master bedroom has a large walk-inrobe and ensuite, two queen-size bedrooms have double robes and bedroom four has a single robe. Other features include slate flooring to kitchen, dining, stairs and carpet to living and bedrooms, storage room plus understairs storage, separate laundry, main bathroom/WC, two reverse cycle airconditioning units, central vac system, near new solar hot water system, water softener, hard wired smoke alarms, RCDs, a bore and retic to gardens front and rear.

Outside are two garden sheds, extra height double garage and with two driveways. There is street level access to the upstairs and massive garaging the full length of the house perfect for trailers/pop-up caravan/4x4 vehicles with roller-door giving access to the backyard. For further information or to arrange an inspection phone Tracy Ewins from Ray White Sun City on 0449 074 270. Address: 7 Kerr Place, Yanchep. Asking price: $950,000. Agent: Ray White Sun City - Yanchep 1/99 Lindsay Beach Boulevard Yanchep.

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The benefits of property management If you own an investment property and rent it to tenants, you can run this business yourself or hire a property manager to do it. And that’s how you should regard this situation, it’s running a business. In Western Australia, around 60 per cent of investment properties are professionally managed by a real estate agents and the remaining 40 per cent are self-managed by private owners. The evidence suggests however, that the percentage of properties under professional management is growing. If you work part-time or are retired, have some basic legal competencies and understand the complexities of the recently updated Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), then managing your own property may work for you. The problem is that many private owners don’t understand their legal obligations under the RTA and some get into difficulties as a result.


Most owners underestimate the amount of time that goes into managing a property, or just how difficult, expensive and unpleasant things can become if a dispute arises. For example, if the tenants default on the rent, vacate without notice or require eviction.

The latest REIWA analysis show the number of metropolitan sales dropped away by around six per cent in the quarter with ten of its 13 weeks being below average for turnover this year.

This is where a property manager can be invaluable.

First home buyers were very active at the more affordable end of the market and in combination with softening activity at the upper end, Perth’s median house price came down from $525, 000 in June to $505,000, but is expected to lift to $510,000 once all settlements are in.

From the start, a good property manager can arrange the public viewing of the property and then thoroughly check all applications and references from prospective tenants. This includes scanning the National Tenancy Database to see if any applicants have a poor history with previous rentals. Once suitable tenants are short-listed by the property manager and then chosen by you as the owner, the property manager can arrange all the lease documentation, take care of the rent collection, bond lodgement, occasional maintenance, quarterly home inspections and utility

In fact the more affordable north-east and southeast corridors in metropolitan Perth were the only sub-regions to show an increase in activity. The sales of units and apartments remained steady across the board, but house sales dropped away.

expenses, such as water and council rates. Property managers are also skilled at understanding the market rate for the property and setting the weekly rent accordingly. Many private owners tend to misjudge this or feel uncomfortable about reviewing the rent with renewed leases for existing tenants even though this can be unwise over the long term. The most important role of the property manager is to act as the link between the owner and the tenant in a professional way, so that the

owner is not exposed to any situations that might be uncomfortable, while at the same time ensuring that the tenant can also raise issues without having to confront the owner directly. If a situation arises that requires going to court, as sometimes happens, property managers are familiar with the legal process and can represent you at the hearing. Property managers charge a percentage of the weekly rent as their fee, but this is fully tax deductable as part of your business expenses each financial year.

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REIWA said there was evidence to suggest that the first home buyer activity is seeing some multiple bidding on more affordable homes and resulting in many sale prices that are above the asking price. The Office of State Revenue reported that the median purchase price for first home buyers across WA for both August and September was $435,000, up from $400,000 on the same time last year. Since the September quarter REIWA’s data is showing a nine per cent lift in sales activity in October with an increased share in the central part of the Perth market. The 15 per cent increase in more expensive near-city sales has subsequently pushed the median price up by 1.9 per cent to $520,000 for the three months to October. There has also been a 7 per cent lift in listings during the month. In the metropolitan rental system the vacancy rate tightened and the median rent had come off by $15 per week across the board over the past few months

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Local Dining & Entertainment Book your tickets for the pantomine

Local NewsBITS Liam - Winner

Littlle Mermaids Theatre at Two Rocks Shopping Centre will perform five shows of their ‘Hobbit and the Hidden Years’ stage and film production. A number of local children have been rehearsing and filming for this 100 minute live stage show for over six months. The show features Sheriff Bilbo Baggins, Hobbits and Dwarves, childeating giants and a nasty stepmother. Tickets for the 14, 15, 18, 20 and 21 December shows can be purchased at Two Rocks Newsagency, Sunshiners Gallery, IGA Two Rocks and Yanchep Community Centre. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 per child, with seating limited to 60 people per show. The pantomine starts at 7:00pm sharp each night.

Merv Hughes in town

Strong winds and rough seas grounded another Lancelin cray boat on the last day of Spring - The ‘Benny J’ broke its mooring in Lancelin Bay around 4am and was swept to shore, winding up on the beach about 700 metres north of the jetty. Local fisherman, Kim Scaddan, saw the boat on the beach and offered to tow it back out to sea around 10am. “It was sitting high and dry

and I thought there was a slim chance of us refloating it.” claimed Kim. “Over some 90 minutes we edged it back into the water, the rising tide and strong swell certainly helped.”

Is this dumping?

Local young photographer, Liam Cockman, featured in the Sun City News about a month ago, submitted eight photos in the the Wannaroo Show photo competition. He went on to win two first places, two second places and two third places in the 13 to 16 year old category.

A crowd of 50 plus locals and visitors watched the drama unfold, neither boat suffered any damage. It’s the fourth boat this year to have run aground in the area.

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Someone's obviously had a beautiful celebration at Lookout point, between the lagoon and Club Capricorn groyne, late in November. What a shame they didn't come back to take away the props. This was still there a couple of days after the function. Is this illegal dumping?

Christmas fun at Charnwood Park Ex-international cricketer, Merv Hughes and Fremantle Docker star, Michael Waters entertained members of the Yanchep Sports Club late last month. Both sports stars talked about their experiences, Merv Hughes reminisced about some of his international cricket adventures. Do you have a community activity you want promoted? Call the Sun City News on 9561 2500 about publicity.

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The Yanchep Two Rocks Recreation Association’s annual ‘Christmas in the Park’ will be held this Saturday, 14 December from 4.30pm.

Taylor will deliver a Christmas message and residents will be able to join the Free Spirit Choir singing carols. Santa will make an appearance too.

Local band Happy Hour will kick-off activities along with an animal farm, face painting and a bouncy castle. Around 6.30pm, Reverend John

Santa Run The annual Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Two Rocks Fire Brigade

Santa Run will be held on Tuesday 24 December, Christmas Eve. The brigades will be driving around the streets of Yanchep and Two Rocks between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. For full details on your nearest location, check out Community Notices on page 23.

Please note that the brigades are on call, so if Santa should not arrive at one of the designated parks it will be because they will have been called to an emergency. Don’t forget to send in your Christmas photos - news@

Local Dining & Entertainment Lancelin is getting ready for Ocean Classic Preparations are well underway for the 29th annual Lancelin Ocean Classic – The four day regatta will be held 9 to 12 January, and will see in excess of 300 competitors and 5000 visitors invade Lancelin.

expression, marathons in windsurfing and kite surfing (Ledge Point to Lancelin), kitesurfing freestyle, fly board demonstration, jet ski competition and a stand up paddling demonstration.

Local, interstate and international competitors will descend on Lancelin to challenge themselves and each other in one of the world’s longest open sea windsurfing marathons.

Families can also expect a great weekend in Lancelin with the ever popular community party on the Thursday night in Grace Darling Park, Saturday night will also see presentations and music at Grace Darling Park.

Lancelin Chamber of Commerce secretary, Norm Skoglund, said: “The 2014 LOC Regatta will be bigger and better than ever before with keen competition from some of the world’s top

sailors already registered and ready to go. “Past winners in Steve Allen, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Peter Voltwater and Jesper Orth have registered and will be vying for the title again”.

This year’s Lancelin Ocean Classic will have an event village for the athletes and competitions over the weekend with the regatta expanded to include waves expression, kitesurfing

For the full timetable visit or follow lancelinoceanclassic on Facebook.

Business breakfast informative Over 40 people local business people attended the Business Breakfast, last week, with Liza Harvey as the guest speaker.

The function was sponsored by Capricorn Village Joint Venture, Club Capricorn Resort and the Sun City News.

Ms Harvey, is the WA State Government Minister for Police; Tourism; Road Safety; Women's Interests and until recently the Minister for Small Business.

This was the third business meeting with leading WA politicans as guest speakers organised by the sponsors over the past 12 months.

Ms Harvey talked about her business and political life, how tourism is considered the future business for Western Australia. All attendees enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at Lindsay’s Restaurant.

Meetings will be held early next year to discuss the 2014 program. If you have any suggestions for guest speaker, please contact the Sun City News on 9561 2500 or editor

Jetstar’s $30k community grant opens West Australian charities have the chance to benefit from Jetstar’s Flying Start Program, with applications open for the community grant project. Local not-for-profit community groups have the opportunity to submit applications for a $30,000 grant, made up of $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel and $15,000 cash until 31 December. This is the fourth grant for 2013 that Jetstar will award to organisations that need a helping hand. The initiative is designed to help not-for-profit organisations

fund projects that make a positive impact in their community and Jetstar encourages charities, educational, health, arts or sporting organisations with a specific activity in mind to apply for a Jetstar Flying Start grant. Jetstar CEO, David Hall, said he’s looking forward to embarking on the judging process once again. “Throughout Australia, there are thousands of community organisations dedicated to improving the lives of their neighbours - It’s incredibly humbling to learn about the

different projects that community groups across the nation are involved in,” Mr Hall said. “We are excited to now have the chance to help an organisation in Western Australia.” The first grant of $30,000 was awarded to Brisbane charity Mummy’s Wish in May this year, the second grant was given to Sydney-based Shoes for Planet Earth, while the winner of the third grant from Victoria and Tasmania are set to be announced by Jetstar in the coming weeks.

Round four entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges including Jetstar Flying Start ambassadors - Austereo’s Fox FM radio host Jules Lund and television host Gorgi Coghlan, Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall and Jetstar pilot Jeremy Schmidt. Entry is open to Australian not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size. Applicants for the next grant close on 31 December 2013, from community groups in South Australia and Western Australia. Full application details are available at

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Christmas Messages

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Today’s women

Health, Beauty & Wellbeing

Today’s women

Give yourself a Gift this Christmas, stay healthy during Christmas It’s that time of year again. Although it’s hard to believe another year has flown by, I am clearly not mistaken as today I heard my first Christmas song on the radio, shops are displaying their Christmas themed windows, and my inbox is full of ‘Christmas Gift Idea’ emails from all my favorite brands that I subscribe to. With the risk of sounding a little like the Scrooge, please be sensible. It’s not called the silly season for no reason. Partying, drinking, indulging, overeating and running around like a headless chicken from eventto-event and shop-to-shop, it’s no wonder many of us feel tired, rundown, overweight and stressed as the new year comes around. What if this year you honoured YOU and entered the new year feeling refreshed, energised, slim and relaxed? It’s really not so difficult. Just a little discipline and willpower, that’s all. Here are a few tips to help you keep on track.

Christmas treats, limit your portion size.

Water Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. If you do drink alcohol, remember to alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water and please don’t drink on an empty stomach.

night before is no excuse to sleep in and forego your workout. Staying active will help you feel better. A favourite hangover cure used is to walk/run on the beach or swim in the surf. Great way to sweat out those toxins. Try to exercise outside as much as possible and take advantage of the bright sunny summer days. If a run is too much, how about calling a friend who was out with you the night before and take a brisk walk around the park.



As much as Christmas is a lovely time to catch up with all your friends and family, remember to take some time out for YOU.

Remember to keep up with an exercise routine. Just because you were out and about the

Take a few moments in the day to practice meditation or stress-

Top 5 Tips to help you stay healthy over Christmas

relieving breathing techniques. We’re conditioned to think that Christmas is all about giving, so how about taking the time to give to yourself as well this year. Don’t get stressed out over Christmas present buying. Plan your shopping in advance, write a list of all the presents you need to buy and avoid the frenzied crowds.

Nutrition Remember to make healthy choices this Christmas. It’s easy to get carried away with all the puddings and chocolates and shortbread and party food, but before over-indulging remember how it’s going to make you feel the next day. Remember to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. If you do like enjoying

Best to have a healthy snack before you go to the party as it will also prevent you from snacking on unhealthy party food. Dandelion tea is a great herbal tea to drink throughout the days when you know you’re going to be out and about, partying and drinking alcohol at night, as it helps to detoxify the liver.

Sleep Get plenty of rest and aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. It’s not going to make or break your life if you don’t go to every party. How about having a night in? Create a relaxing spa experience at home, snuggle up on the couch with a good book or DVD and go to bed early. And if all that fails, please don’t beat yourself up about it. Take each day as it comes and strive for a healthier day the next day.

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Crossword & Diary COMMUNITY DIARY

Saturday 14 December Christmas Tales at Two Rocks and Clarkson libraries.

Saturday 14 December Yanchep Two Rocks Recreation Association’s Carols in the Park. 4.30pm till 8pm at Charnwood park, Two Rocks. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday 14 December Sun City Yacht Club Christmas Party, from 6.30pm. All members welcome with Santa making a special trip from the North Pole for the kids.

Sunday 15 December Gingin’s community Christmas in the Park at Granville Park. to 8.30pm.

Monday 16 December Lancelin Community Sporting Club 30th year celebrations start from 5.00pm. All members, committee and partners, past and present welcome.

Tuesday 17 December Casino Bus to Crown. Call 9561 5321 or 0407 992 384. Bookings ESSENTIAL.

Wednesday 18th December Two Rocks Primary School Christmas Assembly starts at 8.45am. All classes will be performing. Come along and enjoy their fantastic performances.

Tuesday 24 December Annual Santa Run for Yanchep and Two Rocks - See full details in Community Notices.

Tuesday 24 December Christmas Eve Service at Gingin Uniting Church at 7pm, followed by refreshments. Offering to the Christmas Bowl Appeal.

Friday 10 January Public submission close at the City of Wanneroo regarding the realignment/change to level of Brazier Road, Stage 2, near Lagoon Cafe.

Saturday 11 January Music in the Park, Gabbadah Park, Guilderton. Gates open at 5.30pm. Band commences at 6.30pm.

Thursday 16 January Learn to create ‘Stretchy Stories’ at Two Rocks Library. Cost $5pp, siutable for primary school age 5 plus. Bookings 9561 1110.

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SPORTS RESULTS GOLF Guilderton Sat 23 Nov - S/ford: B Wegner 42, T Button 38. NTP: M Wetherly 3rd & 17th, P Rouse 13th. NTP in 2: M Wetherly 5th. Longest drive: R Wheeler 15th. Longest putt: T Button 16th. Wed 27 Nov - S/ford: B Wegner 21, R Prince 18, R

Wheeler 16. NTP: B Hicks 3rd, B Hardeman 8th. NTP in 3: R A Prince 1st. Longest putt: B Hicks 9th. Sat 30 Nov - S/ford: P Flavell 19, A Wetherly 18, J Bresland, B Hardeman, G Robson & R Prince 17. NTP: P Flavell 4th. NTP in 2: B Wegner 1st, R A Prince 2nd, B Gault 6th. Wed 4 Dec - S/ford: R Prince 22, R Wheeler ocb P Flavell

20, B Hardeman 18. NTP: B Hardeman 12th, R Prince 13th, B Wegner 17th. NTP in 3: R Prince 10th. Longest putt: J Hardeman 18th.

SCCC Ladies Tues 26 Nov - 2 Ball S/ford: M Wetherly, J Higo 72, V Wraight, L Bracken 66. Individual S/ford: V Wraight 38. Tuesday 3 Dec - S/ford D Bradley 47, L Brown 36, J

Higo 34. NTP: M Glover, A Tran, J Lecointe.

SCCC Fri 29 Nov - S/ford ladies: L Newhouse-Maiden 33, S Harding, P Haynes, A Mann 32, L Wells, L Finlay 31. Men: R Woolley ocb V Howell 41, D Ryan, K Richards 39, S Stanborough, J Isabel 38, J Bull 37, B Walker 36.

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Annual Santa Run - 24 December 2013 Yanchep Volunteer Fires and Rescue Service and Two Rocks Fire Brigade will bring Santa to meet the local children of Two Rocks and Yanchep on Tuesday 24 December 2013.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Lancelin Community Sporting Club 30th Birthday celebration Monday 16 December at Sporting complex from 5:00pm onwards. All members, committee and partners, past and present welcome.

Yanchep Ladies Darts Club FREE FUN NIGHT at Yanchep Sports Club Tuesday 28 January, starting at 7pm. Light supper provided. Yanchep Ladies Darts Club plays every Tuesday night - Come along and join in the fun. For more info, contact Jackie on 9561 1680, Carol on 0438 952 870, Raye on 0418 936 600 or Ros on 9561 1050.

We lost one of our Community Members on the 27 November 2013. May Farquhar, Deepest Sympathy to Graeme and all of May's Family. A very loving and caring Lady, who will be missed by many of her friends at Bingo, Casino Bus and the Community. God bless you May. Sun City Yacht Club is holding its 2013 Christmas Party on 14 December at 6.30pm. All members welcome, with Santa making a special trip from the North Pole for the kids.

Guilderton Community Association AGM The AGM for the Guilderton Community Association will be held on Saturday the 25th Jan 2014 starting at 9am in the Guilderton Community Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. All office bearers will become vacant and a new committee will be formed. With a changing population of permanent and semi-permanent residents in Guilderton, this is a great time to get involved in your community. See you all there.

Yanchep Two Rocks Recreation Assoc. Nominations for the Yanchep Two Rocks 2014 Australia Day Community Awards These awards are presented at the Two Rocks Yanchep Australia Day breakfast on 26 January. Nomination for: Citizen of the Year award Community Group of the Year and the Youth Achievement Award Please feel free to nominate local people or community groups for these awards. Nominations close 18 December 2013. Contact Julie on 9561 1538 for full details.

Yanchep Wellness Expo Sunday 19th January 10am to 4pm Capricorn Community House. Psychics, physio, massage, reiki, fitness, juicing, mini market in the garden, fruit and veg, salt lamps and more.

Seasons Greetings The Sun City News is closing for the Christmas festive season at 5:00pm, Friday 13 December 2013 and returning 8.30am, Wednesday 8 January 2014 The Sun City News would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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