$2 Thursday 24th February 2022 Issue 4 BLUE LIGHT COMMUNITY CHARITY BALL RAISES OVER $20,000 By ASHLING SPAIN On Saturday February 19 2022, the historic Cummins Theatre, Merredin was transformed into a ballroom, ambiently lit with strings of lights and burning candles to accompany the grandeur of the building itself. The room was lled with the soulful sounds of Sophie Jane who provided music throughout the night. Guests arrived in stunning gowns and suits ready for a night of elegance with the view of fundraising for a number of worthwhile causes. Upon entry, guests were greeted by roaming entertainment providing a stunning light show across the ballroom oor. A picturesque grazing table created was on oer throughout the night followed by delicious and succulent range of canapes and small meals. Aendees were addressed by Assistant Commissioner Daryll Gaunt, who also holds the tle of Board Member of PCYC WA. Mr Gaunt took the opportunity to present Merredin Police Staon a Cercate of Excellence having made the top 10 nalists of the Police Excellence Awards. In addion, he presented an award to acknowledge the work of members of the Blue Light team at Merredin who have moved to new work locaons. On oer throughout the night via both a silent and live aucon were an array of appliances, electronics, sports memorabilia and spectacular artwork. Local auconeer Jarrad Hubbard provided a fun, entertaining and excing live aucon which had guests on tenterhooks! Shortly thereaer, guests were treated to a spectacular light show, the two performers infusing dance and circus using a range of light props to create a magical and memorable experience. At the conclusion of the ocial proceedings, Sophie Jane, joined now by her band provided an array of songs and tunes for guests to dance the night away. The atmosphere was through the roof as the danceoor began to ll. Alas, unl the end of the silent aucon neared! While some connued to dance and eat, many were grappled by the last-minute suspense of bidding for their desired items. Distracon techniques and secret bidders were rife as the last minutes fell to seconds. As the end of the night neared, the danceoor was lled with dancing, singing and some all-me classic hits. Aucon items (Connued on page 4)
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THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 3 Produced and printed fortnightly by Merredin Community Resource Centre 110 Barrack Street, Merredin Ph: 9041 1041 Fax: 9041 1042 Deadlines Arcles, Adversements (including Classieds) 5pm Monday before publicaon date Content/producon Kirsty Rochford firstname.lastname@example.org Content/producon Debbie Morris email@example.com Adversing firstname.lastname@example.org Upcoming Edions 10th & 24th March 2022 www.phoenixnews.com.au The Phoenix Prices Prime Adversing Front $150 Back Full page $200 Ears $30 Front inside full $180 Back inside full $180 Colour Quarter $40 Half $80 Full $160 Black & White Quarter $30 Half $60 Full $120 Classies (b/w) Non business for sale free General lineage 50c per word Display per cm Public Noce $10 Employment $5 Trades 12 edions (each) $15 6 edions (each) $20 3 edions (each) $25 Artwork Fee $30 CONTENTS Merredin College ...................... 5 St Mary’s Primary School .......... 6 Library Musings ........................ 6 From the History Room............. 6 COVID 19 Stascs ................... 7 Court Report ............................ 8 My Thoughts ............................ 9 Trades .................................... 13 Collgar Community Calendar .. 15 Astronomy ............................. 16 Horoscopes ............................ 21 Classieds ................ 20, 21 & 22 The Phoenix Available at the following outlets: BP Travel Stop Café 56 Cung Room Dimensions Go MAD IGA Inspire Merredin Bakery Merredin CRC Merredin Flowers Merredin Harvest Merredin Swimming Pool Nextra Puma Roadhouse Two Dogs Home Hardware Wild Poppy Café Thankyou to these businesses for their support for The Phoenix and Merredin Community Resource Centre ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Email administraon4@ merredincrc.com 12 or 24 edions
4 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 were collected by gleeful buyers as others pined over their lost bids. Guests used what was le of the night to take photographs by the photo board laced with a delighul and bright balloon garland created by hand by Tamara from Bubbles and Bowes Events. Overall, the night was an immense success with over $20,000 raised – to be delegated to our chosen charies, A stch in Time and both Merredin College and St Marys School P and C Commiee’s. A huge thank you, again, goes to our planum sponsors; Ross’s Diesel Service, Two-Dogs Home hardware; Collgar Wind Farm, and CSBP. A further thank you goes out to the Ball Commiee; Andrew Galbraith, Emma Galbraith, Heath Soutar, Janique Soutar, Chesney Maloney, Darcie Jollie, Maddison Earle-Sadler, Asha Carr and Ashling Spain – almost (Connued from page 1) 12 months of behind the scenes work was volunteered to create this magical night. Without the hard work and dedicaon of these people, this night, in all its magnicence would not have been possible. Lastly, a thank you to those who aended, donated, and helped create a wonderful long-lasng memory in our small community. Without you, our fundraising eorts could not have reached such enormous heights, we thank you for your contribuon to the youth in our community. Their Future is Our Future. COMMUNTY CHARITY BALL cont. Date: Friday 4 March 2022 Time: 10.00am Venue: St Mary’s Catholic Church English morning tea to follow ALL WELCOME Queries: Jane Patroni (Co-ordinator) 0417860046
THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 5 WELCOME TO OUR NEW KINDY KIDS This year we have had 21 new students joining Mrs Kylee Crabb and Mrs Chanelle Squire in the Kindy classroom as they start their educaonal journey. They have been learning about bodies and everyone has made life size replicas of themselves. All the students are busy playing and learning all day long - the best part of Kindy is making new friends and learning to be kind to everyone. Don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap, Download the free SunSmart App Download the SunSmart app Last week we had the annual Big Day Out which is a special event for our new Year 7 students as they adapt into secondary school life. The purpose of the day is to assist the students to familiarise themselves with new teachers and other new classmates. Students parcipated in a PBS (Posive Behaviour Support) Kahoot Quiz and a photo scavenger hunt. They had 26 challenges to complete - taking photos to represent houses, PBS values, Tik-Tok dances and other poses and concepts. The day concluded with a free swim at the Merredin Swimming pool!! YEAR 7 BIG DAY OUT
6 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 Library Musings By WENDY PORTER, Merredin Librarian What’s new at the Merredin Library? Not only do we have new stock, but also some fantasc new iniaves! We now have a ‘Sta Picks’ display where you will nd a selecon of con and non-con books that have appealed to library sta. Not all of these are new books - sta have found some gems in the collecon that you may never had seen. Come and check out the display. The Merredin Library now has a desktop vacuum former. This is a machine that can be used to make molds for chocolate, soap or candle making, and much more! There are several grades of plascs to mold, including food grade. No longer do you have to pick from a selecon of molds for your cra, you can create your very own. Come and ask sta for details. Going away for a trip? Got nothing to read? How about From the History Room By ANITA METCALF RECIPES OF YESTERYEAR From the history room at the Merredin Library, this recipe is from the—Merredin Mercury and Central Districts Index Christmas 1949. The lling may be omied leaving you a delicious, crunchy shortbread. PASSIONFRUIT CREAM SHORTBREAD Half cup margarine or buer, 2 cups self-raising our, ½ teaspoonful grated lemon rind, ½ cup sugar, good pinch salt, 1 egg, lile extra sugar. FILLING: One cup sied icing sugar, 2 level teaspoons buer, 3 or 4 passionfruit. METHOD: Rub shortening into sied our and salt unl mixture is like breadcrumbs. Add sugar and lemon rind. Beat egg and add to mixture mixing NEW STAFF checking out what the Merredin Library has for sale (or even for free). These are books that are not suitable to put in stock but are too good to throw away. There are lots to choose from. Don’t forget that all Merredin Library members can access a range of electronic resources, from eBooks and eAudiobooks to eMagazines, movies, databases and more, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Ask library sta for details. Remember to ask sta for help if you can’t nd what you are looking for as we may be able to borrow it from another library. If you don’t have me to browse for books, call the library on 9041 1222. Library sta will select books for you and have them ready to pick up. You could even have a look at our catalogue from home, and have sta put books aside for you. All you have to do is ask. Sta are always ready and willing to help. See you soon! St Mary’s has three new sta this year. Ms Emily Ferraro is in Pre-Primary, Ms Lucy Lynch is in Year 4/5 and Mrs Kate Crees joins us as the Physical Educaon Specialist. SWIMMING LESSONS The Year Three and Year four students have been luck enough to be parcipang in swimming lessons this week. The weather has been perfect and the water is nice and warm. with the hand to form fairly dry, crumbly mixture. Pack into well-greased 8in. sandwich n. Rough up surface with fork and sprinkle with lile castor sugar. Bake in moderate over (375 deg. F. gas, 425 deg. electric) 30 to 40 minutes. Leave in n unl cold. Cut and ll with passionfruit cream. Making lling by soening shortening and creaming with sied icing sugar. Add passionfruit pulp mixing thoroughly together.
THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 7 COVID-19 WA Stascs As at 23 February 2022 Tested 2,469,211 Confirmed Cases 4,452 Recovered 2,655 Deaths 10 Active cases in WA 1,787 COVID-19 in Australia Vaccinations: 1 Dose 21,980,295 (85.6%) Fully Vaccinated 20,423,362 (79.5%) Booster 10,821,136 (42.1%) WA—Cases 4,469—Deaths 10 ACT—Cases 46,591 —Deaths 33 NSW—Cases 1.28M—Deaths 1,859 NT—Cases 37,692—Deaths 16 QLD—Cases 544K—Deaths 505 SA—Cases 137K—Deaths 169 TAS—Cases 41,049—Deaths 24 VIC—Cases 1.01M—Deaths 2,409 COVID-19 coronavirus Need Help setting up Service WA app? Contact Merredin CRC on 90411041 or email email@example.com and make an appointment Premier Mark McGowan released a ve-page document on the 23rd February detailing the ndings of the modelling conducted by WA Health and the Chief Health Ocer Dr Andy Robertson. The modelling predicts that 463,932 people will be infected within 6 months with the peak period being by the end of March. During that me, it is forecast • 5,685 people are likely to end up in hospital • 715 people expected to be put into Intensive Care Unit • 129 people West Australians are forecast to ulmately die from COVID-19 By the end of March, we can expect to see 10,363 new cases and 4 people to die each day. New exposure sites have been idened in Tom Price, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Dunsborough. Anyone at one of these exposure sites during the meframe listed should monitor for symptoms, unless directly advised otherwise by the Department of Health. If symptoms develop, get tested and isolate. Please connue to check the most up-to-date list of exposure sites online at hps://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/.../ Locaons-visited-by... and hps://www.wa.gov.au/.../covid-19-coronavirus-WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S OMICRON MODELLING RELEASED WA’S BORDER OPENING FROM THURSDAY 3 MARCH 2022 COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS: LOCATIONS VISITED BY CONFIRMED CASES
8 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 8th February 2022 Midland Courthouse Sco Blake appeared on a charge of no authority to drive – suspended (other than nes suspension). He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 21st February 2022. 9th February 2022 Perth Central Law Courts Michael Halle appeared on 21 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 2nd March 2022. A sentence date has been set for the 9th March 2022. Nigel Halle appeared on 13 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. The charges were withdrawn. Halle Farm Group Pty Ltd appeared on 9 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. The charges were withdrawn. Hillview Farm Pty Ltd appeared on 4 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. The charges were withdrawn. Pinehill Farm Pty Ltd appeared on 5 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. The charges were withdrawn. Sunpride Sheep appeared on 14 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. Two charges were dismissed. On the remaining 12 charges Sunpride Sheep was remanded to appear in Perth on the 2nd March 2022. A sentence date has been set for the 9th March 2022. 10th February 2022 Bunbury Courthouse Mahew Jea appeared on a charge of criminal damage or destrucon of property. He was remanded to appear in Bunbury on the 17th February 2022. Southern Cross Courthouse Robert Bosworth was convicted on charges of exceed speed Court Report limit between 10 and 19km/h, and no authority to drive – cancelled. He had his licence suspended for 9 months, was ned a total of $1200 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Gwenda Bradshaw was convicted on a charge of exceed 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood. She had her licence suspended for 9 months, was ned $1150 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Kaziah Cann was convicted on charges of not being licenced or permied to possess a rearm, possessed a defaced rearm, unlicensed person possess rearm/ammunion, drove with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood, and two charges of no authority to drive – suspended (other than nes suspension). They had their licence suspended for a further 9 months, was ned a total of $4250 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Dana Chapman-Burney was convicted on charges of no authority to drive (never held), and exceed speed limit between 10 and 19km/h. they had their licence suspended for 3 months, was ned a total of $800 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Jocelyn Chinnock appeared on a charge of drove with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood. The maer was adjourned to appear in Southern Cross on the 5th May 2022. Timothy Ellison was convicted on a charge of exceed 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood. He had his licence suspended for 7 months, was ned $850 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Marika Farmer was convicted on charges of no authority to drive – suspended (other than nes suspension), and provided false or misleading personal details. She had her licence suspended for 9 months, was ned a total of $2500 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Connor Hope-Yates was convicted on a charge of 9am—2pm Until 3 March MON—FRI reckless driving exceeded the speed limit by 45km/h or more on a length of road. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, was ned $800 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Kye Marn appeared on a charge of common assault. The maer was adjourned to appear in Southern Cross on the 5th May 2022. Laszlo Rewiczky was convicted on a charge of driver failed to wear a seatbelt. He was ned $550 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Mary Ross appeared on a charge of possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant. The maer was adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 14th March 2022. Brian Sheehan was convicted on a charge of exceed 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood. He had his licence suspended for 9 months, ned $1000 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Reilly Spencer was convicted on a charge of reckless driving exceeded the speed limit by 45km/h or more on a length of road. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, was ned $800 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Rene Thompson was convicted on a charge of drive with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood. He was ned $400, ordered to pay costs of $259.30 and to pay an analyst fee of $200. Rachelle Wilson was convicted on a charge of no authority to drive (never held). She had her licence suspended for 3 months, was ned $600 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Trevor Jea appeared on a charge of no authority to drive (disqualied from holding or obtaining). He was remanded to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 28th February 2022. 14th February 2022 Northam Courthouse Locklyn Carroll appeared two charges of breach of bail (fail to appear soon aer). He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 21st February 2022. Perth Central Law Courts Kyle Brown appeared on charges of no authority to drive (disqualied from holding or obtaining), and reckless driving. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 11th April 2022. 16th February 2022 Northam Courthouse Craig Thompson appeared on a charge of breach of protecve bail and two charges of common assault in circumstances of aggravaon or racial aggravaon. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 28th February 2022.
THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 9 Kohdee Swinwood My Thoughts As my impending pregnancy due date reaches closer, I must admit I have a constant fear about becoming a new parent. Worry and doubt cross my mind oen about whether I will be capable of looking aer my very own ny human, especially in the middle of a pandemic. I suppose it’s not something you can really prepare for, but at the same me, the thought of having to head o into the world with my bub only 24 hours aer giving birth seems incredibly daunng. What if I can’t do it? What if I’m not ready? What if the nursery isn’t complete? What if she comes early? What if I get COVID-19? So many quesons, yet there is no way of answering them. Being pregnant in 2021/22 has not been without its challenges. Especially now with COVID-19 transming throughout the WA community, the prospect of becoming infected with the virus is becoming more inevitable than ever before. While I understand and support the precauons put in place due to the latest health advice, I sll worry about those who do not take the risk seriously and connue to live without any concern for others. Because of the pandemic, my husband - the one person who I need the most - won’t even be able to stay at the hospital aer my daughter is born while I recover. I won’t be allowed visitors other than my husband for 2 hours twice a day, and there is a huge possibility that I will have to be transferred to a dierent hospital if there are COVID-19 posive paents in the pregnancy ward. With my anxiety, it is hard for A NEW CHAPTER APPROACHES me to break away from roune or from a plan I have in place. Heck I have panic aacks when my local fuel staon isn’t operang, and I have to go elsewhere – a feeling that most won’t understand. The unpredictability surrounding the birth of my daughter is already stressing me out, without having to worry about picking up the virus. Add this stress to the numerous doubts that cross my mind, and I wonder how I am even able to leave the house every day. While I know it’s not praccal to lock myself away for the next year, the prospect is looking prey appealing the closer my due date approaches. I don’t want to be scared to live life, but it’s hard not to when you look at what has happened over East. Combine that with a number of people who constantly whine about having public health measures in place that are there to protect us, most days I’m le curled up in bed unable to move and absolutely speechless. Granted, I’m not here to rant about COVID, I simply wanted to highlight that this is not an easy me for mums to be. Along with being ridiculed for geng vaccinated while pregnant, people are always cricizing what you wear, what you eat, the things you do and say… and I’m sure that won’t change once baby is born. How could anyone expect pregnant women to cope these days? With just 6 weeks to go, I really hope that this next month isn’t as hecc as ancipated and I can calm my anxiety before bub arrives. Can deliver if required
10 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 By ANNIE HAINES Cli Haines was born on the 25 March 1947 in Northam. He had an older sister, Isabella, older brother, Jim, and two younger brothers, Johnny and Georey. Cli went to school in Bolgart then le there in 1954 when the family moved to Wongan Hills and nally seled in Merredin in 1958. His Dad Ted, was employed at the Ag Department and his Mum Jenny, was a cook at Merredin Hospital. Cli went to North Merredin Primary School and then Merredin Senior High School and le mid-1962 at the age of 15 and got a job at Dunlop tyres earning a meagre $9 a week. Cli had a short snt in Perth working with tyres, then he came back to Merredin to work for Beaurepairs unl he was 17, then at 19 he was transferred to Southern Cross and started to work for McLeod’s Tyres, staying for four years. During that me, Cli married and had three children, Amanda, Leah and Robert. He transferred back to Merredin with McLeod’s Tyres and connued with them for ve years, where his hard work and dedicaon didn’t go unnoced. He was oered, and accepted, the manager’s job with Bell Tyres in 1976. Over the course of the next decade Cli developed a wide network of clients and decided REMEMBERING CLIFF HAINES to take a leap of faith by embarking on his own business venture. So, in 1988 he launched Cli Haines Tyres. People said, “Hainsey you will never make it.” Well, he proved everyone wrong and proudly stayed in business for 32 years with Wanda working for him for 30 years - what a fantasc team they were. In April 2000 Cli married again, to Annie, the love of his life. They brought out the best in each other and spent many happy aernoons chilling in their beauful backyard having a beer together. Cli was a keen Eagles fan and loved watching the cricket and golf. They had 22 wonderful years together. Cli loved and took on Annie’s three children, Kelly, Amanda and Ryan, as his own. He especially enjoyed their newest grandchild, Brielle, and wanted nothing more than to see her walk and have her rst Christmas, which he got to see. Aer a lot of thinking he decided to sell his much-loved business, a decision he didn’t take lightly but his health was declining, and he knew it was me, so in 2020 he sold to Combined Tyres. He was sad but relieved that the business would sll be staying in Merredin. Aer the sale, he oen ventured down on his gopher to visit as you just couldn’t take the tyre er out of him. Over the last 12 months, Cli had a few snts in hospital and during the last visit, the doctors said there was nothing more they could do for him and the best thing would be to go into a Home, but Annie wouldn’t have any of that and took on the role of full-me Carer, a decision she would make again, as it gave her and Cli some quality me to spend together. Cli was a gentleman and would give you anything if you were in need. He always welcomed you with a hello and the oer of a beer. He was genuinely interested in what you were doing or had done but if he didn’t like you, then you soon got that feeling. Cli passed away 5pm Monday 31st January 2022 in Merredin Hospital, with Annie by his side. Cli will never know how many people loved the true gentleman and larrikin that he was.
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12 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Following the groundbreaking success of the tour of AB Facey’s A FORTUNATE LIFE, THEATRE 180 is returning to Merredin’s Cummins Theatre on 10 March to present SYDNEY II: LOST AND FOUND. A true story of romance, danger, courage and fateful decisions, from the dark days of WWII and a race against me over sixty years later, comes this epic true story of love, loss, hope, fear and courage – and the resoluon of a mystery for those who never gave up. Acclaimed actors Tom O’Sullivan (Home and Away, Underbelly, Packed to the Raers) and Stuart Halusz, and stage newcomer Morgan Dukes, form the dynamic cast who lead the story across oceans and eras to chart the loss and discovery of Australia’s famous warship AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST NAVAL MYSTERY TO BE BROUGHT TO LIFE AT THE CUMMINS THEATRE and her valiant crew, and the dedicaon of the Finding Sydney Foundaon team who discovered the wrecks. This landmark producon brings together the immediacy of theatre with the visual impact of cinema, to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of that devastang sea bale and ensure the legacy of those who died in service of their country will never be forgoen. A story for all Australians, this depicon of love, courage and determinaon is not to be missed. There will be a Q&A session following the performance, hosted by Director and cast member Stuart Halusz.
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16 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 Astronomy WTF 24th FEBRUARY—9th MARCH 2022 By PETER BARRETT Welcome to WTF for another fortnight. Hopefully this new chart format will be more legible without the need to resort to a magnifying glass! I have divided it into two halves, the Sun and the three brightest planets on top, with the Moon Mercury and Saturn beneath. Uranus had to go, since it is not a naked-eye planet for anyone other than owls. As menoned last fortnight, most of the planetary acon is now happening before dawn. Mars and Venus are sll close together but soon Venus will culminate, that is, it will reach its greatest Western elongaon and become retrograde. Just as Mercury last fortnight this will occur once Venus reaches 50% illuminaon (phase). Unlike the speedy inner planet however Venus will take considerably longer to return to conjuncon and thereaer an evening star. In other news solar cycle 25 is really starng to swing into acon. A substanal geomagnec storm on February 4 caused the upper atmosphere to warm up enough to drag about 40 Starlink satellites from their orbit and send them to a ery demise in the troposhere. This was a cause for most astronomers to crack open a bole of champagne in celebraon, such is the hate they harbour for these swarms of SpaceX internet infrastructure that have a habit of leaving dreadful streaks across their best photographs. The bureau of Meteorology have a number of more robust satellites parked much further out between the earth and the sun which provide us with a warning system for adverse space weather. They also provide an Aurora predicon service to let us know when the southern sky might get colourful. It should be noted however that this is mainly for the benet of Tasmanians. If an Aurora is visible as far north as Merredin then it is likely that a serious geomagnec disaster is underway, and power blackouts, communicaon chaos and infrastructure damage are likely to be the order of the day. The website can be found at hps://www.sws.bom.gov.au/Aurora. Unl next fortnight, keep looking up!
THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 17 By MARGARET MORLEY Margaret contacted Wheatbelt Agcare in August 1994 when her one and only female friend had recently died and she felt very lonely. Margaret was in her fores and was married to David, a farmer in the Shire of Kellerberrin. Margaret had two intellectually disabled sons in their twenes from her previous marriage who weren’t living at home. Because of the rural downturn a few years ago, David had to work long and hard to keep the farm together, leaving Margaret feeling very isolated and alone as she couldn’t drive. The only me Margaret le the farm was when David had to go to town to the pig sales or for farm business. Her family of origin lived about ve hours drive away and her only outside connecon was her friend who had died. Margaret’s isolaon was compounded because she couldn’t read or write. Margaret felt if she could drive herself she would be free to come and go as she pleased and be more useful on the farm as she could assist her husband by being able to pick up parts etc. Her one cherished goal was to be able to aend church, as David was never free to take her the 40 kilometres to town. This goal was complicated for a number of reasons, there was no driving school available unless she could get to Merredin and there was no one to take her, the cost of driving lessons was beyond their very MARGARET’S STORY ght budget and she could not read to learn the road rules and pass the wrien test. This was when Margaret and her counsellor Dellys became very innovave. They borrowed a set of talking tapes – the road rules – from the local Acv Foundaon Agency. Margaret spent many hours listening to the tapes. In addion, they agreed that half of their counselling session would be going over the road rules and learning the ones she couldn’t understand. David taught her the road signs and explained various situaons when they were out in the car. Aer many months of learning the rules, they informed the Police that they were coming in for Margaret to sit her wrien test. The Police supplied a sta member to talk her through the quesons, which was very me consuming for them and dicult to put the quesons clearly whilst not inuencing her answer. It was also extremely dicult for Margaret as this was a very stressful situaon for any person going for their test and she had trouble remembering the various opons she had to choose from with each queson. She passed on the second me. The police sta were excellent. It was then agreed that Margaret and Dellys’ counselling sessions would be held in the car while Dellys taught Margaret to drive. David also acted as instructor and encouraged her to drive whenever they had to go somewhere. In October 1995 Margaret was nally ready to sit her driving test. The Police Department sent a special person from a regional centre to take her through her test, which she passed with ying colours the rst me. They celebrated with a chocolate cake. Margaret was beside herself and was now free to come and go as she pleased. Her self esteem was very high. One of her rst drives was to the nearest church, where she met and made some new friends. One of these ladies, Beth McDonald, worked at the local TAFE Centre and on nding out about Margaret’s literacy disability, encouraged her to enrol in literacy classes. Margaret had thought she would never be able to read or write and hadn’t even contemplated trying. Because she had achieved at learning to drive, she felt capable of trying anything. She is now enrolled in TAFE. She’s nding it harder than learning to drive, but she is scking with it. Margaret’s whole life changed when she became movated and supported to do something about her situaon. She is mobile, studying, can go to church and be friends, has a part-me job in town and is a good support for her husband. In addion, one of her sons has been inspired by his Mums eort and has spent about 12 months geng his licence through an agency for people with disabilies. Dellys said that it was a rewarding experience working with Margaret, to see her come from an isolated helpless situaon, to achieving her goals with the help of family and friends.
18 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 By JULIE TOWNROW Just how interesng does life get, we are living through the hoest summer on record, so they say, but I sll take me to remember that at the turn of the century, when new selers were venturing out into the districts, which we now know as the Goldelds and the Central Wheatbelt, they travelled in open carts, trains, (with no air condioning), and some even on foot. I just cannot imagine the long dresses, and shirts that had s collars and hems all the way down around their ankles. Now that must have been unbearably hot, parcularly if you had just arrived by ship from England, or other locaons. Short of swimming in a water hole, (those being as scarce as hen’s teeth). The best other opon would be to sit in the shade of a nice big tree and hope there was a light breeze blowing. Can you imagine that the rst house on the farm would have been build from the trees harvested to make way for the crops that they hoped would keep families into the future. Washing would have to be boiled in the copper, meals prepared on an open re and the only bread available to eat had to be baked in the kitchen. Can you even imagine what that looked like? No Newton’s Home Hardware to deliver the table and chairs. No Two Dogs, to visit for advice, all manner of bolts, nuts and screws, xings or power tools that help build a house. No, there was nothing at that stage if you didn’t bring it with you on the trek from Perth. There is a plethora of informaon held at the Baye Library where we can take a glance into the lives of those who lived in Nangeenan in a bygone me and I quote a small snippet from page 8 of Margaret Mills Book, which can be read at the library, but cannot be removed. “We travelled to Nangeenan. We had nowhere to go on arrival, so we made our way over to an empty house at the siding, belonging to the Railways Department. We gained entry and seled for the night. We had no food. I was very hungry. We were there a day or so , from somewhere my Brother Jim came up with a solid chocolate horse, which he gave me. It was a lovely horse, and I played with it unl hunger forced me to eat it. Nangeenan was a small siding, one shop, which sold all sorts of things, biscuits, groceries, stamps and managed the telephone service. It was run by Mr and Mrs Cecil Nice, who had a small son Harry and a daughter Mary. There was also a very strong Stone- built Hall, and a school there which all the children for miles aended. We had to move out of the railway house: an ocial and his wife were due to move in. We took our few belongings across the railway line, across the main road, (now the Great Eastern Highway and made our way into the virgin Bush to nd a suitable place to make camp. Mum and the three boys rigged up a camp from the Eucalypt saplings and scraps of galvanised iron found on a p nearby, and wheat bags. We were to stay in our new surroundings for some me. There was a school nearby in the bush and I started school there at the age seven. Two of my brothers also went to the Nangeenan School. Jack the second eldest went o somewhere to work. There were about thirty pupils at the school, from farms nearby and further out. When I started school there was an old man (or he seemed old to me) as out teacher, his name was Mr Brown, but seemed a bit testy, due no doubt to his age. He le soon aer I started school and his place was taken by a young man, who had served in the 1914-18 war. Mr Swindle. He was married and he and his wife lived in a building adjoining the school. He was a good teacher and I learned much from him. He had rather a short temper which somemes ared and his face would grow red, as some of the careless students, usually the ones in rst standard, got into mischief or did not pay aenon. Then he would stomp down the classroom and shout loudly at them. Those of us who behaved and aended our lessons, we liked Mr Swindle.” I was saddened to nd out that the Old Nangeenan School had been relocated to North Merredin Primary School and has only recently been demolished to make way for CEACA housing, behind the library. Which brings me to menon the other places of Historic value that are just self-destrucng, due to neglect, I have to ask “Why are we encouraged to list Historic Sites on the Heritage register? If, when we try to rescue them, we are told they loose their Historic Signicance if they are moved, in the case of the Nangeenan Farm Managers Residence, (researched and registered by Greg Shea and Bob French, thanks guys) it is now moving itself all over the nearby paddocks, sheets of corrugated iron, one sheet at a me, the site will soon have nothing le but a sorry sign on a locked gate. While it is such a long shot, and it makes me enormously sad, that it took the previous Council CEO to leave and his posion, to be lled by a temporary person, to nally bring about the rescue of our magnicent “strong Stone-Built Hall” it is frustrang that now, we nd ourselves in the middle of a pandemic, with material and sta shortages disrupng so much. We are so grateful to those who are younger, while all the Marley children are now on the wrong side of 70 and a lile less energec than we were 4 years ago, we are sll hoping that we can celebrate the 110th birthday of the Hall this year, and also recognise that our Dad, who taught us so much about “doing the right thing” would have been 100 this year. We heard of the recent passing of Herman Seitz, he, his then wife Stella and their children were a part of our past, they lived on Jounings farm, (later purchased by the Cahill Brothers), located on Jouning Road, and I was dismayed to see that Jouning Road has been renamed Cahill Road, for what-ever reason I don’t know, and it deletes a picture of a past, where we made memories and sll have photos of both Herman and Stella and in parcular “Baby Herman” who we all loved as a small child. As for Mr and Mrs Jouning, I was so fascinated by their car, with wood grain dash and door panels, what luxury, pull down blinds over the windows, well that was the next best thing to air condioning in the car. Can we appreciate what we have today, if we don’t know what wasn’t available in the past or how much has been achieved, to give us the opportunity to sook-a-lot, if suddenly the power goes out or the dishwasher breaks down. NANGEENAN NATTERS
THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 19 Basketball Tennis 10th February 2022 Under 12 Girls Orange (22) d. Royal Blue (12) White (6) drew Lime Green (6) Under 12 Boys Black (22) d. Yellow (17) Green (27) d. Sky Blue (4) Red (16) d. Light Grey (12) Under 16 Girls White (37) d. Lime Green (33) Lilac (60) d. Sky Blue (27) Under 16 Boys Red (39) d. Orange (21) Black (43) d. Green (20) Yellow (34) d. Royal Blue (24) Pink (33) d. Light Grey (23) By TENNIELLE McGREGOR Sunday 13 February 2022 saw the Merredin Districts Lawn Tennis Club hold their Club Mixed Doubles Championships. With near perfect weather we had good numbers for the day, allowing the club to run a knockout rst round, and spling into a main draw and a plate. With compeve tennis all day, winners for the main draw were Grant Stainer and Tenielle McGregor, and runners up Camray Gethin and Hayley Billing. Husband and wife duo Kristy and Michael Sharp took out the Plate, with Adam Ellio and Bianca Waters coming in close MDLC CLUB MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS By JULIE TOWNROW It was a very relaxed morning for our Carers get together on the 15 February and so good to chat about the things we know and deal with in our lives as carers of our loved ones, and while some may see this as a burden, for most of us it is a joy to live and laugh with the lile quirky bits of our day. It is also great to learn of the dierent places that can provide a lile help here and there and share what we know and learn a bit of what we don’t. I am amazed that so many people don’t know that as we age, and our ability to jump tall buildings diminish, the Federal Government has introduced care packages to help senior residents to stay living in their own homes for longer. In an age where Medical Science has improved exponenally, we are living longer and for many of us, while we remain acve, geng things done gets harder. For many the simple task of climbing a ladder to replace a light bulb is not something considered, the risk of falling is far too great. Thus the introducon of Home Care Packages. So many older people don’t know about these Packages or how to go about geng one. There are certain criteria around the issuing of Care Packages and they are about your health and your ability to maintain a reasonable life at home. The best person to consider your health is your GP. Your GP would then refer you to an ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team), who conduct an in-house assessment, and advise what help may be available to you. There are 4 levels of Home Care, which consider your care needs, Low to High Care, with Low Care funding some home and gardening help, then increasing through to High Care, where personal care, showering, cooking, medicang and social care is required. The system allows for people to CARER’S CORNER come into your home and help you, generally free of charge, Funding being provided through Services Australia, at the level assessed by the ACAT report. Equipment such as walkers and gophers are funded through the packages and there is capacity to have home modicaons. Hand rails, door ramps and in some cases bathrooms modied to ambulant standard. There are many opportunies to keep your loved ones living at home, in as normal condions as possible. As we live longer, there will be increased numbers of people needing in-home care, if we consider, for instance, thirty years ago, people with demena, were few and far between, and I don’t think cancer was as prevalent as it is today, diabetes is on the increase and I don’t know about you, but my arthris gives me gyp all the me, our health care system is under increased pressure and Aged care is a growth industry. So if you nd yourself in a situaon where you are unable to do something, then you need to ask someone who can help. I am also aware that with transport improvement, families are no longer close by, those that are, being too busy with work and families of their own, that it is somemes hard for them to help out, therefore it is incumbent on us to help out where we can. As we live longer and were not in the demographic of compulsory payments into Superannuaon, juggling diminishing nancial resources becomes challenging. To be granted a Home Care Package allows for you to get the help you need, without becoming a burden to your family. On a posive note, it created great opportunity for employment growth. Do you remember the saying “Money was made round, to go round, and for some it was made at to stack”. If you nd yourself in any of these situaons, visit your GP and request a referral for an ACAT Assessment. runners up. The club would like to invite any interested players to aend the 2022 Charity Open Day which will be held on Saturday aernoon 12 March 2022. The event will be ladies and men’s doubles, with A, B and C grades available if numbers permit. This year the club is raising funds for Farmers Across Borders, who are currently delivering much needed hay to our Wheatbelt neighbours suering from the recent devastang bush res. Further informaon is available on the Merredin Districts Lawn Tennis Club facebook page, or by contacng firstname.lastname@example.org 17th February 2022 Under 12 Girls Orange (14) d. Lime Green (6) Royal Blue (10) drew White (10) Under 12 Boys Yellow (36) d. Sky Blue (2) Black (22) d. Red (10) Green (28) d. Light Grey (25) Under 16 Girls Lilac (31) d. White (16) Sky Blue (41) d. Lime Green (24) Under 16 Boys Light Grey (26) d. Yellow (13) Royal Blue (40) d. Black (34) Pink (53) d. Orange (27)
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THE PHOENIX Thursday 24th February 2022 21 CLASSIFIEDS Posions Vacant Horoscopes ARIES 21 March—19 April It is me to ditch your usual roune and experience something new in life. TAURUS 20 April-26 May Reinvigorate your self-worth through socialising or fun group acvies. GEMINI 21 May-20 June Make the most of posive communicaon and catch up on outstanding paperwork. CANCER 21 June-22July Give your romanc relaonship a boost and plan something special to do together. LEO 23 July-22 August Change is in the air, and it may be hard for you to stay in your current job. VIRGO 23 August-22 September Keep tweaking your work/life balance to make sure that life is enjoyable. LIBRA 23 September-22 October Nothing will feel impossible if you make your self-care needs a priority. SCORPIO 23 October-21 November Don’t hesitate to throw your name into the hat for that promoon at work. SAGITTARIUS 22 November-21 December Your creavity is in overdrive, so channel it to a DIY or decorang project. CAPRICORN 22 December-19 January Give yourself a break from your responsibilies and go socialize! AQUARIUS 20 January-18 February Take some deep breaths, think deep thoughts and nd a new focus. PISCES 19 February-20 March It is a great me to make new plans that are opmisc, realisc and goal oriented.
22 THE PHOENIX Thursday 24 February 2022 CLASSIFIEDS FULL TIME POSITION AVAILABLE Merredin Freightlines are currently seeking an MC Operator Driver will be based out of Merredin depot All applicants please email resume to merredinfreightline@ bigpond.com or call 08 9041 3444 ADMINISTRATION CASUAL/PART-TIME/FULL-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE Merredin Freightlines are currently seeking An enthusiasc and reliable member to add to our Administraon Team. The applicant will have exceponal administraon and communicaon skills. Based in our Merredin depot, hours 8.30am to 4pm. All applicants please email resume to merredinfreightline@ bigpond.com or call 08 9041 3444 St Mary’s School Merredin Gardener Required If you have the ability to do general gardening maintenance, maintain the school oval and grounds, please email the Principal – Adriana Coniglio at email@example.com Applicant must be able to show proof of vaccination and to obtain a Working With Children’s Card. Posions Vacant Public Noces
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