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Denmark - Plantagenet edition

No.10 | 15 Aug - 28 Aug 2019

We acknowledge the Noongar peoples who are the traditional custodians of the country from which we report.

Rate rise just the beginning Karen Buck DENMARK ratepayers need to brace themselves for the possibility of many years of rate rises in the vicinity of this year’s unpopular four percent hike, to overcome years of neglect in the maintenance of the shire’s assets. A two-and-a-half-year asset condition audit by the shire administration has found that about $23-million dollars worth of the assets – about 16% – are in poor or very poor condition. Council chief executive officer Bill Parker addressed the Denmark Ratepayers and Residents Association in a special briefing on July 25, just days before council formally adopted its 2019-20 budget. He told the meeting that council assets had been poorly maintained over the past 10-15 years. It was unacceptable for any assets to be in a very poor condition, because that meant they were essentially unusable, potentially unsafe and a public liability risk, Mr Parker said. More than $4m worth of assets, including the John Clark Memorial Bandstand were in the very poor condition category. The civic centre was an example of an asset in poor condition, and though not unsafe at present was in danger of tipping into the very poor category.

The recentlycompleted audit was the first time in more than century that council had compiled such a document, Mr Parker said. “The focus of what we’ve been doing these past two-and-a-half years is to understand exactly what our assets are, what condition they’re in and what they’re worth, and to present that information as part of what will certainly be a long-term asset management plan.” The next step in the process would be to decide which assets should be tackled first, the cost, and how best to sustain the rest.

the serious maintenance deficit. “The results of council’s recent community satisfaction survey indicated that people were reasonably satisfied with the shire’s assets and services,” Mr Parker said. “On that basis we

thought that people might be happy with going backwards just a little bit – chipping away at the problem in a more moderate way – as opposed to hitting it really hard over one or two years.” Over the next 12 months council would

need to have serious discussions, including essential consultations with the community, about how best to achieve the program’s goals. “There are various ways that the issue can be tackled – raise the rates every year, factoring

in two percent for asset maintenance – or do it in one big hit and raise rates by 13 or 14 percent, as Esperance did,” he explained. “You could reduce Continued on page 3...  See Editorial and page 10.

Where to from here? It was going to take many years to clear the maintenance backlog, while ensuring that other assets didn’t fall into poor or very poor condition along the way. Mr Parker said that council had considered many options to address the issue, including a huge, one-off rate rise to tackle the problem head-on, but had decided that such a move would be unpalatable in the current economic climate. Council had instead gone for a long-term strategic approach, and this year’s rate rise of four percent was the result. It represented two percent for ongoing capital expenditure, and two percent of extra funds to begin tackling


 Shire president Ceinwen Gearon, DWFC president Kim Barrow, DWFC captain–coach Ryan Gearth and director of corporate services Gary Green just prior to the start of the league game.

A day of drama at McLean Park DENMARK Walpole Football Club’s re-introduction last Saturday to home games at McLean Park began and ended dramatically. The adversary for the four games at Denmark’s home of football was the Mount Barker Bulls. Both clubs have a long, friendly rivalry in what could be billed as the non-Albany derby.

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The under-16s ran out raring to baptise the new paddock when Mt Barker officials declared that they were unhappy with the surface and were not prepared to sign off on its safety for insurance purposes. This is required at the start of each day’s play and is digitally signed off with the league. Bulls president Dean Wallinger was called to make the final de-

cision, and after inspection declared that that he was happy for play to commence – bringing a sigh of relief from Denmark officials and shire representatives. Let the games begin. The opener was played without incident and to a high standard, with a crushing win to Mt Barker, 11 goals 8 behinds (74pts) to Denmark 2:2 (14). Continued on back page...


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FORMER Albany port chief Brad Williamson is the new chair of the Great Southern Development Commission board. He replaces former Denmark shire president Ross Thornton, whose three-year term expired in June. Announcing the appointment Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said that Mr Williamson had significant experience in executive roles. He was the CEO of the Albany Port Authority from 2002 to 2014, and general manager of the Port of Albany from 2014 to 2016. Mr Williamson was appointed to the GSDC board in 2018. “Brad’s years of service at Albany’s port put him front and centre of the Great Southern’s economic activity,” Ms MacTiernan said. “He has a real understanding of the region’s core economic strengths in primary production, and in its rapidly growing opportunities in aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy and education. “Brad will now help to drive the government’s commitment to regional diversification, economic growth and local jobs.” The Minister expressed her appreciation to Mr Thornton for his enthusiastic and dedicated service to the board. “Ross brought considerable knowledge and expertise to the role in key areas, including local government, regional

planning, construction and agriculture,” she said. Denmark shire president Ceinwen Gearon acknowledged Mr Thornton’s diligent approach to the role. “His knowledge of planning and local government in particular were ably applied during his tenure,” Cr Gearon said. “I am delighted by the experience Mr Williamson brings to the position. “Regional economic development is a key focus for this shire and

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and the current government agenda to generate employment in the region and support projects that produce local jobs,” he said. “I see my work as helping commission staff develop major projects – often behind the scenes – and successfully operating as a facilitator with all levels of government.”

Editorial WE ARE responsible for the sins of our fathers. The Voice opposed a four percent rise in council rates after it was first advertised publicly, as a fait accompli with no apparent reason or explanation. We argued for a smaller rise, given the current economic downturn and the hardship it would cause some members of our community. Not surprisingly, council faced a volatile public gallery at its July 30 budget meeting, where the full increase was approved – and where the community became aware for the first time why such a big hike was considered necessary. Until then only about 40 people outside council knew the gory details, when council officers explained in detail to a Denmark Ratepayers and

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our regional partners, the City of Albany and Shire of Plantagenet. “It is timely that the new GSDC chair has such a comprehensive understanding of the region’s key economic strengths, as well as its emerging economic opportunities.” Mr Williamson said that the GSDC was a well-run organisation, and he did not envisage any radical changes associated with his appointment. “I will build on the strength of the commission

Residents Association meeting on July 25 that the community’s assets had been deteriorating for 10-15 years, with no long-term plan in place. It immediately became clear that the proposed four percent rise was more than fair, given the magnitude of the problem. That the problem exists at all is our fault – all of us – for not ensuring that past councils and administrations kept track of our assets, and developed a strategy for dealing with them. The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IPRF) process has been recommended practice in local government for nearly 20 years. Denmark will be paying off the cost of its oversight for about the same period, via

an average annual rate supplement of two percent. Setting up Denmark’s IPRF will be departing CEO Bill Parker’s single greatest contribution, and he is to be congratulated for it. But the fact remains that lagtime and a paucity of information often characterised this and frequently burdens other council matters that have a major impact on the community. Council must be more open, earlier, around matters of such importance. It’s about communicating. It’s about listening and leading from the front. It’s about bringing people along with you when you have something big to do. It is not about leaving people in the dark.

PEACE OF MIND PROVIDERS FOR DENMARK & SURROUNDS We are delighted to announce that Bernadette Duell, our Senior Solicitor, will be in Denmark at the Chamber of Commerce office for regular appointments with new and existing clients from Denmark, Mount Barker, Walpole and surrounds.


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Rate rise just a start “The news about the rate increase came without the information you’ve just given us – and that’s when the rumours and the trolling start,” Ms Marsh said. Changing perceptions “Would it not be possible to have Mr Parker went on to say that done this in a bigger forum, and there seemed to be a general have the detail out well before the attitude that a separate building was budget announcement?” needed for every community group Mr Parker agreed that in an ideal and its activities. world the information would have “But if smaller rate rises are what been out in the community well the community wants, then you just before budget deliberations loomed. can’t have that – we’re going to have “However, this is the first time to utilise things differently, share that this information has been buildings, and accept that the way gathered, and we didn’t want to put things were done in the past just it out in the community till it was can’t continue,” he said. right,” he said. While Mr Parker and his “Even then the truth, regardless executive team’s briefing was of whether it’s right or wrong, is still praised for its thoroughness by the going to divide the community. DRRA meeting, several members “There are some people who will nevertheless urged them team to be more proactive in discussing budget think all this stuff is rubbish, and some who will think it’s great. decisions and their background “There is always going to be with the community in advance of debate about what is the best and the formal budget adoption. DRRA member Geoff Bowley said most sustainable approach. “Over the next couple of months that council and should do better with its community communication the asset management plan, the and consultation during the budget long-term financial strategy and the development stage, because it would workforce plan will all be finalised, and people will be able to see what give people the opportunity to be we’ve been talking about. more involved. “We’ve had to move mountains to His comments were echoed by get it this far.” member Julie Marsh.

services, or sell off assets, or raise a big loan to do it all at once – but those things need to be part of a community discussion.”

 L to R: Nathan McQuoid, Dr Zylstra, Melissa Howe.

Tingle project to test current practice Donna Carman WA’s CURRENT prescribed burning regime may be based not only on unsubstantiated data, but may also contribute to the bush being permanently in a state of maximum flammability. That hypothesis is the basis of a research project recently begun into the flammability of the red tingle, Eucalyptus jacksonii, which has an extremely limited range, around Walpole, and several other native eucalypt species of the State’s south coast. The Red Tingle Flammability and Research Project was launched at a full-house event at the Denmark Environment Centre last Sunday. The project grew from ground-breaking work by fire behaviour ecologist Dr Philip Zylstra at the University of Wollongong. Dr Zylstra’s research paper was published earlier this year and came to the attention of local forest advocate and activist Tony Pedro,

who invited Dr Zylstra to Denmark to look into any similarities between local native forest structure and conditions – especially red tingle – and the outcome of his eastern states work. The essence of his findings is empirical evidence that peak forest flammability exists six to ten years since the previous fire, then drops off significantly after 2030 years. The three members of the project research team gave presentations at the launch – Dr Zylstra, landscape ecologist Nathan McQuoid, and local ecologist and project coordinator Melissa Howe. Among those attending were several people who had also been to a prescribed burning conference the week before, including local government and state agency representatives, bush regeneration professionals, project investors and the research team.

Asked why he agreed to the initial invitation from Tony Pedro to visit WA, Dr Zylstra said, “I could tell that the request came from the heart, from someone who really cared about the forest.” For Tony the project is a logical consequence of what he says is ”visually apparent”, particularly in the tingle forest. Along with many others he has spent years questioning official prescribed burning practices, and now feels empowered – and relieved. “It feels good to now be in the background instead of struggling away in the foreground,” he said.

   Philip Zylstra.

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Resistance is catching FOLLOWING the successful Windrose Resistance Festival last month, 30 people recently attended a talk at Amaroo Village clubrooms to hear guest speaker Rod Mitchell, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby spokesperson. Mr Mitchell outlined his group’s work and led a discussion about the importance of listening to one another. “We are trying to come back to things we can do in our lives,” Resistance co-founder Anna Ramrath said afterwards. “Instead of focusing on overpopulation we were encouraged to consider alternatives, such as making conscious choices with banking and investments, and clothing material and labour.” Every little step mattered, and continuing to meet and keeping communications open was important, she said. At 6.30 pm on August 23 at the civic centre ‘Extinction Rebellion –

Heading for Extinction and What to Do About it will present some hard and heavy facts, balanced by solutions and other good news. Entry by gold coin donation. Film screenings are planned for the next few months, beginning on September 7 at the civic centre, 2040: Join the REGENERATION, an uplifting and inspirational film about our future. In October the movie will be Tomorrow, an easy-watch and optimistic documentary showcasing ‘alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education’. The film will be the basis of a discussion-based workshop. Two other significant events that Windrose Resistance recommend are Permaculture West’s 40-year celebrations in Albany, and ‘Us and Now! A Gather-in with Paul Pule and Friends’ at Lyra House. For more information email anna@

 The Mt Barker pool.

Plantagenet seeks to pool local resources Karen Buck

Remembering the ordinary things Karen Buck IT’S often the small, everyday things that trigger the sad memories of loved ones who have died. You’ve probably had it happen you stumble across that favourite cup, or those old reading glasses, or a silly little trinket, something that you just can’t get rid of and you’re flooded with remembering and a wistful, soft sort of grief. If you’ve got a story like this you’ll understand exactly the idea behind a moving exhibition which was launched at the Community Resource Centre last week on Dying to Know Day. The exhibition, In Memory of Ordinary Things, features pictures of 55 such ordinary things, many from local Denmarkians, and in 125 words or less tells the story of that object and the people to whom it is so precious. Curator of the exhibition, Denmark Shire council development officer Claudia Simpson said the

aim of the exhibition was to help provoke conversations about death and dying. “These sorts of events and the conversations they bring on can often help people in their grieving process – especially those who may not have support,” she said. The exhibition is now changing venues and will be housed at the Denmark library during September.

 One of the pictures and stories from the exhibition now showing.

the study would look thoroughly at all the PLANTAGENET issues, because council residents are being needed to be able to surveyed in a $50,000 make an informed feasibility study to decide decision. the fate of the popular “As part of the study, Mount Barker memorial core samples will be swimming pool. taken of the concrete The 50-metre pool, pool shell to determine the only one in the its life expectancy,” Mr region, is nearly half a Budrikis said. century old and in need “There’s no point of refurbishment, but spending a million before undertaking any dollars fixing the pool if expensive upgrade the the life expectancy of the Plantagenet shire has shell isn’t good. contracted Consulting “If the concrete proves Great Southern to to be in good condition conduct a communityand still has a decent wide survey. life expectancy it makes The first part of the sense to work around study is an online what we’ve got. survey which canvasses “If the concrete is no residents’ opinions good and we have to on a range of issues, pull the pool out and including whether they build a new one, then it want the pool relocated opens the door to other and whether additional options,” he said. water features should Other options include be added, along with looking at whether a better changeroom and 50m or 25m pool is what showering facilities. the community wants, In addition, ratepayers and where people prefer are asked whether the the pool to be situated. pool should be heated, The Sounness Park if they would like a sports precinct and the café there, and what Mt Barker Community they think would be a College recreation reasonable entry fee and centre are two possible rate rise to help defray locations. the pool’s operating “The pool is really costs. something for the next Shire executive generation, not just for manager for strategic the next five or ten years, development Andrus so we need to know what Budrikis said that the community really

wants,” Mr Budrikis said. “It’s a popular and well-used facility, especially by the schools and swimming classes, so unless the community overwhelmingly tells us they don’t want a pool I can’t see council considering that as an option,” Mr Budrikis said. “It’s an important Mt Barker facility.” Not having a pool at all seemed an unlikely option, though the survey does canvass the possibility. Conceding that the pool did not pay its way and was subsidised by ratepayers, Mr Budrikis pointed out that this was true of almost any council-owned facility, including sporting facilities. The survey form explains that the study is not a guarantee that any proposal will go ahead, as funding for the development has not yet been confirmed. The survey is open until August 22, and residents are urged to let council know their thoughts on the future of the important and wellused facility. The results of the feasibility study are not expected to be known for some months.

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Always look on the bright side Karen Buck

dropped more than one percent to just 3.67 THAT rate rise, those percent. failing assets and the cold More people seem to weather notwithstanding, be catching on to what Denmark news isn’t all the locals already know bad. – that this is a great place Figures prepared by to be – with 36.6 percent the shire council for its more tourists coming our recent budget discussions way over the past three highlighted some years, helping Denmark strong positives in our become the shining star community. in the otherwise gloomy For instance, local galaxy of regional employment is up nearly visitation. 13 percent since 2016, Even the ringtail while over the same possums have come back period unemployment – and that’s got to be a

good thing, right? At the same time our Gross Regional Product (GRP) is up 13.67 percent. As a percentage of our rates shire wages of $6-million dollars a year have been decreasing since 2016, and now constitute only about 92 percent of budgeted rates, which is apparently considered a very good ratio. And those staff are very happy, according to the figures, with 96 percent

saying that our shire is a positive place to work. Council applied successfully for about $2.5 million dollars in grants last financial year, for some vital programs including road repairs, the Ocean Beach fire shed and bushfire risk management. And while we’re focusing on shire money management, no new

loans have been applied for and council will pay off five existing loans by the end of this financial year. Council also has about $35,000 in this year’s budget to distribute as community financial assistance grants. Denmark was the second-highest performing council in the Great Southern

but led the region in eight areas, including customer service, library and information systems, and ‘sense of belonging’. And on top of all that community satisfaction has increased in 49 out of 55 areas surveyed. Of course that was before the rate rise –­ but still goes to show that it’s not all gloom and doom!

Have you heard of Denmark Dollars? Pay all your 2019/2020 rates in full by the first instalment due date, to be in the prize draw! All prizes are in Denmark Dollars from the Denmark Chamber of Commerce and the winners will in turn help support local businesses. 1st prize - $1000.00 2nd prize - $500.00 3rd and 4th prizes - $250.00 You simply present your vouchers to the participating business and redeem your product or service. The business claims the full value back from the Chamber. Participating businesses include: Denmark Co-op, Denmark Pharmacy, Massimo’s Pizza, Didi’s Boutique, Wholly Local, Little Jumbucks, Pawprint Chocolate, Rockcliffe Wines, Choices Flooring in Albany, Denmark Picture Framing and Gifts, Karrisma Gallery & Gifts, Holistic Hands Remedial Massage, Vitality Hair Studio, Denmark Yoga Centre, Santosha Massage, Denmark Health Shop, Annie’s Patch, Groomers in the Heart, Big Drop Surf Shop, Dark Side Chocolates, Stomp’d, Morrisons’ Newsagency (cannot be used for lottery products or phone recharge), Dirty Feet Tours.

 Participants sharing ideas at the 2019 forum.

Trails forum explores new paths THE GREAT Southern Centre for Outdoor Excellence (GSCORE) recently hosted the 2019 Great Southern Trails Forum in Albany. About 100 people from Woodanilling, Kojonup, Gnowangerup, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup and Albany attended, representing a range of industry sectors, including recreation, health services, education, land care and environmental groups, community groups, local government, tourism operators and trail user groups. “The forum was a huge success,” GSCORE

executive director Lenore Lyons said. “There was a common desire to see sustainable trail development that is inclusive of all users, and recognition that trail-building needed to deliver benefits back to the communities they served.” Dr Lyons said the group explored how trail use for wellness could be inclusive of groups such as youth and seniors, those with disability or chronic health issues, and Aboriginal communities. “Along with emphasis on improved wellbeing, we wanted to explore

how trails could be used to tackle social disadvantage, and build resilience in communities and groups not usually considered typical users,” Dr Lyons said. “Trails are good for the physical body but we also want them to be used by people needing mental health support.” GSCORE was committed to making the forum an annual event and would seek a bigger venue next year, to cater for growing interest across the region. To learn more or read about the forum in more detail visit www.gscore.

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Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool Feasibility Project Community Survey The Shire of Plantagenet has engaged the assistance of Consulting Great Southern to investigate the need and feasibility of redeveloping the Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool facilities. The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from the community and key stakeholders to assist with determining community needs and wants as well as viable options for future planning. The survey consists of 15 questions and may take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It will be accessible until 26 August 2019. To access the survey online, please type this URL into your browser: Alternatively, hard copies of the survey are available at the Shire Administration Office or the Mount Barker Public Library. Rob Stewart CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Appetite for growth of Plantagenet tourism Karen Buck

the region, they remain confident that the THE Granite Skywalk industry is holding at the Porongurups has steady. been such an outstanding Some have diversified success that Plantagenet their businesses with tourism providers rate great success, while it as one of the major others say that they’re reasons for tourism in puzzled by the reported the area holding its own slump because their against the odds. visitor numbers are The $1.1-million dollar trending well. Skywalk, which opened The one thing they in 2010, has seen visitor all agree on is that they numbers in the area soar would love to see more from about 9000 a year natural attractions like before it opened to a the Skywalk developed massive 60,000 last year. across the region as At Easter this year tourist magnets. thousands of visitors Mount Barker Wine overflowed carparks and Producers’ spokesman formed long queues to and owner of Windrush get to the Skywalk. Wines John Fletcher That success story said it was up to the Mt aside, taking the Barker community to temperature of the find Granite Skywalk tourist industry in equivalents and develop Plantagenet reveals them. mixed results. “[The Skywalk] has While some providers been a big drawcard for say that they have the region, and we need definitely experienced a to find more things like downturn in line with that for people to go and Tourism WA’s reported see and do and touch and 20 percent slump in feel,” Mr Fletcher said.

“People want an experience and a destination, so it’s terrific to see the shire put on its thinking cap around the issue. “I understand that it’s looking to develop some tourist trails. These are the things that will bring people to the area.” Windrush was one of the success stories in the region and since the opening in 2016 of a café at the cellar door visitor numbers had increased, Mr Fletcher said. “As for the reported reduction in visitors to the area, I think you have to put it into a bigger context. “Generally, the feedback I get from places, especially along Albany highway like Williams and Tenterden, is that they sometimes can’t keep up with the people they’re getting through.” Mr Fletcher conceded that some of the wineries had reported at least

a 20 percent drop in cellar door visitors, but said there had been no closures due to the decline. Galafrey Wines CEO and winemaker Kim Tyrer agreed. “We’ve definitely had a drop, but our cellar door is only one part of our winery business, so that isn’t especially concerning for us,” Ms Tyrer explained. “I’d say there’s been a slump in cellar door numbers across the board in Mt Barker, and one of the reasons is that while we have great wine tourism there’s not a lot of other tourism businesses to support it. “In Denmark there are restaurants and cafés, the chocolate places, galleries, the toffee factory and all the rest, but in Mt Barker we’ve got a bakery, a couple of cafés and a few galleries, and it’s not enough. “I think we’re still seen as a day trip or a drivethrough town.


“The region struggles to attract the high-end tourists – we don’t have a five-star hotel, for instance, and camping and caravan people aren’t necessarily our market. “It’s a bit like the

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These days Andi has moved with the times and his work is done with the help of technology, this year having his 7millionth street guide printed. His loyal team of staff members and longtime printer Advance Press have also been crucial in ensuring his business longevity. “You need support in small business, so find your team as soon as possible and hold onto them where you can.” Being obsessive with enormous attention to detail is vital to making these maps because as Andi said ‘people are relying on them”. He takes this business responsibility very seriously. Despite the popularity of google maps and GPS Andi sees a future for paper maps. “There are different ways of looking at maps. Google maps is one way,

paper maps are another way. Paper doesn’t need recharging or internet connection but also paper maps do not make the user the centre of the universe as does the google blue dot. In contrast, they make you look at the conditions and environmental features that surround you.” As with small business, watching the conditions around you is key to managing the cycles of consumer spending. Everything is a Map. Congratulations to Andi Adams and the team at Andimaps for successfully being in business for 25 years.


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“I think it would be great to see some of the money put into bodies like the Amazing South Coast used to run local workshops and seminars, to help us grow and develop our skills. “We need the sort of support that promotes innovative, creative ways to develop the industry.” Porongurup Promotions Association president and co-founder of Castle Rock Estate Wendy Diletti said that while the area lacked the benefit of flow-through traffic like Mt Barker, local visitor numbers had nevertheless remained good. “The Skywalk experience gives quite a lot of promotion to the area, as does the Porongurup Festival, our wines have a good profile, and accommodation seems to have picked up. By and large it’s going well,” Mrs Diletti said. “People do like to come to events, and when the Field of Light was on in Albany we noticed an increase in visitors coming through. “I think people like to come to a region rather than just one place, so promoting a regional experience with attractions and events is good for us all.” Sleeping Lady accommodation provider Nichola Broad said she was not sure how the information about decreased tourist numbers was gathered. “We certainly haven’t experienced a downturn – we’re doing pretty much the same as in previous years,” she said. “Things like the Field of Light and the Skywalk bring people in, and while there is the capacity for us to do more – which would be a good thing – our business is doing well.” The decline in visitors in some parts of Plantagenet has also unexpectedly produced some positive results, by pushing providers to diversify their business in a bid to take up the slack. Kendenup Lodge recently added a bar and café to its accommodation, and has seen more people coming through its doors as a result.

“Our accommodation numbers through a normally quiet time were boosted by a threemonth booking from CBH,” proprietor Jane Robinson said. “Usually we book people in and then watch them head off to Mt Barker to eat, instead of spending their money in our town – so we opened the bar and café, and it’s really working. Ms Robinson said that further plans for diversifying the business in the warmer months included an outdoor cinema, and Sunday sessions with live music. Last September Karribank Country Retreat added to its attractions by opening the Karri On Bar, which has proved to be a great success. The bar, which also serves food, was the brainchild of Dan Blythe, who says it shifted the focus of the business dramatically. “AirBnb has definitely had an impact on accommodation numbers, so we looked at ways we could diversify,” Mr Blythe said. “A bar was a niche opportunity, and it’s worked really well. “We’ve seen an increase in local visitors from Albany, Mt Barker, the Stirlings and the Porongurups. “This has had a flow-on effect, with people booking functions and weddings, and this month our accommodation was booked out for an entire weekend for a 60th birthday celebration.” The development of natural assets had strong potential to draw visitors into the area, Mr Blythe said. “Mountain biking, for instance, is something that draws a lot of people across the world wherever they’ve put in parks and tracks. I’d love to see something like that developed here.” The Plantagenet Shire council agrees. A trails master plan it developed in 2006 languished due other priorities and a lack of funding, but current work on a regional trails master plan by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreational Excellence is ramping up

council’s interest. Executive manager of strategic development Andrus Burdikis said that a working group had been formed to look at refreshing and developing the work done by council all those years ago. “We’re focused on the Porongurups area, where we’d like to utilise some existing trails, create some new ones and link them up,” Mr Burdikis said. “People could do a walk or bike circuit around the base of the Porongurups, then come back to town on current roads and road reserves, and link to the town bike network – which is only on paper at this stage, but is an obvious progression.” Sealing Stirling Range drive, which is currently gravel and not accessible by people with hire vehicles, would be another tourism initiative that council would advocate for. “Not everyone is fit enough to use cycleor walk-trails, but if the drive through the Stirlings was sealed it would provide a fantastic natural experience,” Mr Burdikis said. “Driving the existing sealed road through the Porongurups, then linking to Chester Pass road and stopping off at Bluff Knoll before driving back through the ranges – well, that would be quite an experience!”

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Closure of popular music venue mourned Donna Carman LOCAL musicians and music lovers are still mourning the closure last month of a ‘worldclass’ live music venue in downtown Denmark. Freehand Wines cellar door operated at Palm Court for only 18 months, enticing the public with biodynamic wines, plush furnishings and regular live music. During that time coowners Matt Eastman and Danni Paviour-Smith made continual improvements to the sound quality, performance space and adjacent lounge area. For five years local musician Terry Mackintosh and sound legend John Dodd used to run a monthly ‘Transmission’ music night at the CWA hall. The process took days – packing the car, setting up the gear at the hall, then bumping out and taking it all home and unpacking it. When Freehand opened its permanent stage set-up was considered a luxury, and it rapidly became a popular gathering-place for the arts community. Freehand was the venue of choice for this year’s Denmark Arts Festival of Voice performers The Ballpoint Penguins, and for the inaugural appearance by the youngest-ever solo performer at the festival, Sarah Cussons. Local musician and music appreciator Andi Adams called Freehand a world-class offering to musicians and patrons. “The quality of sound reproduction and acoustics

 Matt and Danni tending the bar during the 2019 Festival of Voice. PHOTO DENMARK ARTS

 Festival of Voice firsttimer Sarah Cussons. PHOTO DONNA CARMAN

 Matt Eastwell and Danni Paviour-Smith at home on their Freehand vineyard at Forest Hill. PHOTO JENNY FEAST

were matched nowhere else in Denmark, and Matt made it extraordinarily easy for musicians, by providing an inhouse PA and mixing,” Andi said. Festival of Voice MC Peter Keelan, a community arts professional and musician, said that the intimate venue had been great for creating community cohesion and bringing people together. “It’s not often that someone can mix sound for long periods and

maintain a positive focus – while at the same time providing excellent wine, food and service,” he said of Matt. “The vibe in the local arts community surged during the time Freehand operated. “The need for an intimate music and spoken-word performance venue in Denmark goes hand-in-hand with emotional wellbeing.” Business mentor and Denmark Chamber of

Commerce CEO Liz Jack said that Freehand showed courage to revitalise the main street and provide a light in the dark for those seeking entertainment after hours. Matt said that Freehand was a chapter that ended, but he and Danni were hoping to create a new venue in the near future. The pair was committed to a local location, to serve Denmark’s deep connection to the arts and environment.

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Letters Weeding out the facts about glyphosate WEEDS are plants considered undesirable or troublesome that (mostly) have no human benefit. In Denmark’s town area and along its road verges it would be impossible to pull all these unwanted plants by hand, so we must use alternative methods. The quick and easy solution is to use chemical herbicides. Due to its low cost and ease of use, a very commonly used herbicide is glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup. Glyphosate, like most other readily available chemical herbicides, is a poison. It is designed to kill. And kill it does. Contrary to popular myth glyphosate is not biodegradable, and remains in the ground and plants for a long time. It is now known that glyphosate has moved up the foodchain from plants and been found in the flesh of some planteating animals – and consequently in the flesh of meat-eating animals, including humans. It has even been found in human breast milk. While there are no obvious short-term consequences of glyphosate exposure the long-term consequences are hotly contested. Science does not universally recognise glyphosate as carcinogenic under ‘normal’ exposure – though there is no universal agreement about what constitutes normal. Like cigarettes, you may smoke (spray) for some time before consequences begin to show, by which time it can be too late. But it doesn’t take a scientist to understand that chemical poisons do not belong in our bodies. I think that ‘Zero’ glyphosate presence is the safest bet, wherever feasible. So we must learn to tolerate weeds a bit more, spray less often, and using alternatives such as steam to kill weeds where appropriate. One good alternative spray for broadleaved weeds is what is often called ‘weeds-be-gone’ – one cup of Epsom salts and 250ml of dishwashing liquid in two litres of white vinegar. This kills weeds in less than 12 hours and is cheap, organic, and leaves no residue. - MIGUEL PEZ

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NBN digs in for the long haul A POWER supply upgrade to NBN Co’s Mt Shadforth fixed wireless tower was completed last week, as part of a program to improve the company’s local support services. Antennae on the tower have already been upgraded, to cater for an increase in local NBN subscribers. Head of NBN WA Jane McNamara said that underground mains cables to the tower were replaced with higher-capacity cables. “We apologise for the inconvenience that these upgrades may have caused,” Ms McNamara said. “We try to advise retailers about proposed outages two weeks before work begins, and ask phone and internet retailers to pass this information on to their customers.”

 An example of a large reverse-vending machine of the kind proposed under the state’s container recycling scheme.

General support for new container refund scheme Craig Chappelle THE SHIRE of Denmark is supportive of the State government’s recently announced Containers for Change container deposit scheme (CDS), scheduled to begin operation in June next year. Shire assets and sustainable development director David King said that the administration would continue to monitor the scheme’s progress, which was still short on details such as the cost of establishing collection points. “People in Denmark are passionate about properly disposing of waste, and the CDS would appear to serve that interest,” Mr King said. “Council will consider the matter later this year, when more details are known.” Plantagenet shire CEO Rob Stewart said that his council would work closely with its recycling contractor to identify a location for approved containers to be deposited. A decision had not yet been made about who

would operate the depot. Under the scheme eligible containers will attract a 10c refund per container when delivered to an approved refund point. These will range from over-the-counter depots providing spot refunds, to ‘drop and go’ facilities that will deposit refunds into customers’ nominated bank accounts after their containers are counted. Announcing the scheme commencement date Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said that the CDS would change consumer behaviour and help create 500 jobs across the state, including employment for people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed. A total of 170 fulltime or flexible points will be opened to begin with, with a further 59 promised by the end of 2020. Greens(WA) SouthWest MLC Dianne Evers said that the scheme was welcome but needed to be extended to include items that would further reduce litter and improve recycling.

“I am baffled by the government’s decision not to put the beverage industry in charge of the scheme,” Ms Evers said. “Industry profits are dented each time someone recycles a container, so there is surely a profit incentive for industry to operate such a scheme, and do so efficiently.” Ten cents was not much of an incentive for people to return containers, she said. The WA Nationals have welcomed the scheme announcement but warn against regional and remote communities being left to carry the can. Party leader Mia Davies said that there was concern about accessibility in regional and remote communities such as the Kimberley, Gascoyne and Wheatbelt, which would each have only one full-time fixed CDS refund point.  “While there are additional ‘flexible’ refund points proposed for these regions they will have significantly reduced operating hours,” Ms Davies said.

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Was this Denmark’s first tourist attraction? Ashleigh Murch

tourist attraction. But John Reilly didn’t share that view. THE FIRST European Mr Reilly placed the settlement at Denmark following advertisement came with the setting in the Albany Advertiser up by Millar Brothers of of June 8, 1897 — timber mills in 1895. JOHN REILLY, By 1897 they had two PROPRIETOR of the mills running 24 hours DENMARK DINING a day, on the site now ROOMS, begs to inform occupied by the Supa the PUBLIC OF ALBANY IGA. and SURROUNDING A third mill was DISTRICTS that, as his opened in August 1898 PREMISES have recently at Scotsdale, 13km west of the Denmark townsite. been greatly ENLARGED By then the town had a AND IMPROVED, he is now in a position population approaching 1000, mostly men living to ACCOMMODATE VISITORS to DENMARK in tents or shacks they built themselves or in the with A GOOD TABLE and COMFORTABLE BEDS. 50-100 houses built by Fishing, Shooting and Millars. Millars also built a hall, Picnic Parties specially attended to. Boats and hostel, general store, Guns on hire and a Guide butcher’s shop, bakery supplied if required. and blacksmith. Wilson’s Inlet, a Lake With its round-theof about 14 miles long clock timber milling, and six wide on which is frequent railway magnificent shooting, is movements and endless fires burning mill waste, only three quarters of a mile distant and can be Denmark could hardly reached by boat. TERMS have been considered a

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sporting gentlemen, as well as the less wellheeled, with the offer of guns and fishing gear for hire, while the offer to cater for picnic parties implies that he was looking to attract family groups or mixed groups as well. John Reilly continued to regularly advertise in the Albany Advertiser until the ads abruptly stopped on March 10, 1898, nine months after they began. One might suspect that, charmingly worded as the advertisement was it did not attract a lot of custom. Sadly, I could find no further information on the success or failure of this early tourism enterprise. At first I thought the accompanying photo was of the Denmark Dining

Rooms described in the advertisements – largely because the proprietor appeared to be John Reilly. However, the photo is of the Pioneer Dining Rooms, whose associated documentation locates it at the site of Millar’s number three mill, 13km west of town on what is now Scotsdale road, near the corner of Silver road. That is at odds with the newspaper ads, which described the Denmark Dining Rooms as only three quarters of a mile from the inlet, which puts them much closer to town. Millars’ number three mill was not commissioned until August 1898, and the advertisements for John Reilly’s tourism venture started more than a year earlier, so it is tempting



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to think that the two John Reillys were one and the same, and that the Pioneer Dining Rooms replaced the Denmark Dining Rooms. But, though the timing is about right it is unclear whether the proprietor of the Scotsdale business was Reilly or O’Reilly, and there is no clear evidence connecting the two businesses. According to notes on the back of the photo, the Scotsdale business was a success, catering for up to 60 mill workers. The woman in the doorway is Bridget (O’)Reilly, John’s wife, with their three children in the foreground. If you have any further information please contact us at the museum, or email info@ denmarkhistoricalsociety

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 Andi Adams, Mike Travers and Yasmin Bartlett.

 Chiara Adams and John Hartley.

 Linda Bradbury and Andi Adams.

Business after hours THIS MONTH’S event was hosted by the Shire of Denmark, and highlighted 25 years of local success story AndiMaps. Shire president Ceinwen Gearon spoke about the importance of listening to and hearing the community, and the role that the Strategic Community Plan plays in the future development of the shire. Making the tough decisions on behalf of the community was not glamorous or easy, Cr Gearon said, but she encouraged those present to consider running for council at the October elections. Shire director of assets and sustainable development David King explained the process behind the shire’s Asset Management Plan and highlighted the challenges and strategies being considered to maintain shire-owned assets. A key element of the approach during the tenure of outgoing CEO Bill Parker had been to increase the level of local business procurement,

Mr King said. With the potential for ongoing asset maintenance this culture was set to continue. Finding his way Working as a local postie back in the 90s, Andi Adams recognised the need for a clear, concise local street guide. He began AndiMaps in 1994, with hand-made maps whose design, printing and delivery were arduous and labourintensive but provided him with a local business opportunity and taught him some important lessons about how to run a small business. Andi has moved with the times and technology, and this year published his seven-millionth street guide. His key message for new business owners is to be persistent, patient, resilient and have an obsessive belief in your product and vision. “These elements will carry you through lean times and cycles,” Andi said. His loyal team of staff members and long-time printer Advance Press

have also been crucial in ensuring his business longevity. “You need support in small business, so find your team as soon as possible and hold onto them however you can.” Despite the popularity of online maps and GPS Andi sees a future for paper maps. “Paper doesn’t need recharging or an internet connection – but neither does it make the user the centre of the universe,” Andi said. “Paper maps make you look at the conditions and environmental features that surround you.” AndiMaps provided custom-made T-shirts to business after hours prizewinners Clem Wright of Pathways Education and Training, and Bev McGuinness’s Cinnamon Coloured Farmstay. New chamber members welcomed were: • Word Candy’s Martha Barnard-Rae and Bec Gleeson, who provide social media marketing for small business, as well as copywriting services


 Cr Gibson, David King and Bill Parker.

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Great Southern highways Taking the EV way out MANY COUNTRIES are well ahead of Australia in the production and uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). This could be attributed to our lack of manufacturers, or the distances we have to travel coupled with the lack of charging points. In Europe carmakers will offer 214 electric car models in 2021, up from 60 at the end of 2018. More affordable options could see consumers switch from petrol and diesel cars sooner than anticipated. Analysis by the European Federation for Transport and Environment suggests that car manufacturers are now ready to embrace car electrification, with makers forecast to

bring 92 fully electric models and 118 plugin hybrid models to market by 2025. But are they safe? Recently BBC news reported that all new models of electric cars sold in the European Union must now make artificial noise under certain conditions. A rule which came into force on July 22 means that all new EVs sold into the EU will have to feature a noiseemitting device. This follows concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet and put pedestrians at risk because they can’t hear the vehicles approaching. A car’s acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas) may emulate the sound of a traditional engine, or make other sounds which alert pedestrians, when

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Art exhibition takes on human form AN EXHIBITION of art celebrating the human form is on show at Denmark’s Butter Factory Studios until September 12. ‘Life Lines’ showcases work by 11 established and emerging artists who attend regular life drawing sessions at Jen Mitchell’s Denmark studio. The exhibition features works by Robyn Lees, Annie Nutter, Genesis Gutierrez, Ruth Halbert, Jasmine Heslop, Victoria Castiglione, Marie Kerr, Kerrie Wakefield, Suzie Kettle, Jessie Gloede and Jen Mitchell. The women form a permutation of the Bodyliners group which has been running off and on in Denmark for 13 years. “We have a wonderful time creating together, so it is a real joy to bring our work to a larger audience,” Jen said. Accomplished figurative artist Robyn Lees has been involved from the

beginning and still guides the group. Robyn is passionate about the importance of life drawing to artistic practice. “Drawing and mark-making is at the root of all visual communication, predating written language and  Caption... having an important role in the development of art throughout history,” she said. The group welcomes creative people at all levels of ability, from beginners to established artists. “Our mantra is that it’s the process, not the product that counts, and we aim to give people a chance to create for the simple joy of creating,” Jen said. The exhibition’s official opening will be at 10.30am this Sunday, August 18, and will include light refreshments and champagne.

 Jen Mitchell.

 Jen Mitchell.

 Annie Nutter, life drawing image.

 Robyn Lees, ‘Bodyliners’.

 Victoria Castiglione, ‘Demeter’.

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Netball going from the strength to strength Katie Rutter DENMARK had a leading netball presence at the Inaugural Great Southern Regional Carnival held at Albany over the weekend of August 2-4, coming home with several victories and the overall Sportsmanship award. Previously a one-day event among Great Southern teams, this year teams from further afield, including Esperance, Narrogin, Katanning, Kojonup, Albany and Ravensthorpe competed over three days. Teams comprised junior from Under-12s through to U17s, senior divisions, and an over35s masters competition, with Denmark fielding U13s, U15s, open and masters teams. Denmarkians including Tait and Tarrick Hartfield, Lennox McHenry, Jett Morrison, Lachie Campbell and Marlon Mastalerz also joined other boys from the region in an exhibition match to showcase their netball skills.

 U13’s with Kelly Judd.  RIGHT: Maggie Hartman and Ashleigh Crock.  Denmark are Sportsmanship winners.

The Denmark U13 team won in its division but wasn’t the only winner – coach Kelly Judd received a Rising Star Coach award, and was nominated for Volunteer of the Year. Umpires are often hard to come by in

netball, as are officials and volunteers in many sports, but the carnival saw Maggie Hardiman and Amber Nekel qualify for their national C-badge in umpiring. In addition Ashleigh Crock was cadeted, meaning that she is

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Nornalup Community Hall Tuesday, 27 August 2019 Commencing at 6.00pm

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now able to sit on a panel to assess future umpires seeking to obtain qualification. It is great to see these officials qualifying and being recognised for their efforts, without which games wouldn’t run. All three were asked to

umpire finals on the last day of the carnival, which is a great honour. With this combination of volunteers, officials, sports stars male and female, and awardwinning sportsmanship, the future for netball in Denmark is looking good.

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Intention to Lease Lots 305 & 306, Portion of Reserve 24510, on Deposited Plan 220017, Peaceful Bay (Peaceful Bay Caravan Park) Council intends to lease Lots 305 and 306 on Deposited Plan 220017, being a portion of land comprised in Reserve 24510 to Malcolm Lindsay Phillips, Janine Faye Phillips and Ryan John Lindsay Phillips for a period of 21 years for an amount $40,000 per annum, being the market value as determined by an independent valuation dated 7 June 2019. Submissions on the above proposal are invited, in writing and addressed to the undersigned, and should be received by 4pm on Friday, 30 August 2019. A copy of the Report to Council authorising the disposal can be found in the July 2019 Council Minutes at For further information please contact Claire Thompson, Executive Assistant & Governance Coordinator on telephone (08) 9848 0300 or email PEACEFUL BAY CARAVAN PARK

Locality meetings also enable Residents and Ratepayers to provide input & feedback into Council’s current and future strategic direction. Tea & Coffee will be provided. No RSVP required. For further information please contact Claire Thompson on telephone 9848 0300 or email Bill Parker, Chief Executive Officer PO Box 183, Denmark WA 6333 Telephone: (08) 9848 0300 Email: Web: Bill Parker, Chief Executive Officer PO Box 183, Denmark WA 6333 Telephone: (08) 9848 0300 Email: Web:

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The Colts game which followed was a terrific spectacle and resulted in a motivated Denmark winning 13:9 (87) to Mt Barker 2:8 (20). One of the central umpires, Ken Davies, said he was happy with the playing surface, which “cut up a little, but I saw nothing to suggest that it was dangerous or inappropriate to play football on.” When the crowd began to build there was a real buzz as the community got behind their club. DWFC past-president Kevin Hard praised the new surface, and the club sticking together through many weeks of travelling away to games during the season. “It’s great to see so many supporters along here today – congratulations to the shire on the way they have presented the oval, it has come up well,” he said. The Reserves’ game was most enjoyable to watch, with the tight result going to the Bulls, 8:7 (55) to the Magpies 6:12 (48). Then came the game of the day, the Graham

Hard Memorial league encounter. It was a nail-biter, with Denmark, one point down, marking on the final siren. The result hung on a single kick – which failed to score, leaving the Bulls on 13:5 (83,) just one chewed fingernail ahead of the Magpies’ 12.10 (82). Congratulations to the Bulls on their win. Denmark’s best player award went to Tyler Stone, who received the same recognition in the previous week’s Ben Napier memorial game. Ben’s parents Tony and Delwyn Napier, together with Steve and Sarah Bondini, were at McLean Park to celebrate the game and mark the placement of a bench dedicated to the memories of Ben and Jack Bondini, both club players who passed on much too early. At the end of the day the consensus among officials and players from both teams was that the new surface was not only acceptable, but by next year would be sensational.

Denmark shire president Ceinwen Gearon was on hand to see how the rejuvenated playing surface performed and which, due to unforeseen excavation costs, blew out to more than a million dollars. “I know that delays in the new surface being ready has put the club under pressure, but the safety and wellbeing of all the ground’s users has always been uppermost in council’s considerations, as well as ensuring that the surface is ready to withstand heavy use,” she said. “Well done to the club for putting on a  Steve and Sarah Bondini, Helen Millar, Tony Napier, Chris Venkatachalam magnificent day – even with Delwyn Napier in front and Bindi the Terrier in club colours. if some of the games did not end quite as one might have wished.” (The Voice congratulates DWFC president Kim Barrow and his team for presenting the club and its facilities in such a convivial manner, ensuring that the community could celebrate the club that has been such an integral part of Denmark life, and all the teams in the Great Southern Football League.)  The young ones from Auskick get to play on the new surface during half-time.

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