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COVID-19 WA
Statistics
As at 30 June 2020
Tested 182,513
Confirmed Cases 611
Recovered 598
Deaths 9
Active cases in WA 4
COVID-19 in Australia
WA—Cases 611—Deaths 9
ACT—Cases 108—Deaths 3
NSW—Cases 3,189—Deaths 49
NT—Cases 29—Deaths 0
QLD—Cases 1,067—Deaths 6
SA—Cases 444—Deaths 4
TAS—Cases 228—Deaths 13
VIC—Cases 2,159—Deaths 20
Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia
Mens Sheds
Reopen
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By KRISTY LEE & VANESSA
WITTSTOCK
SOCK stands for Save Our Country
Kidsand is a road safety initiative
created by the Narembeen CRC.
SOCK Week is held annually in the
last week of June and involves a
number of activities and events
designed to be informative as well as
engaging.
SOCK Week 2020 (22- 28 June
2020) was another great success.
This year SOCK Week focused on a
strong social media presence, due to
COVID-19 restrictions, which
prevented planned face-to-face
activities. The dedicated CRC staff
created a website page purely for
SOCK Week with loads of social
media content which raised
awareness and spread the SOCK
messages and could be downloaded
and shared by other communities.
(https://www.narembeen.wa.gov.au/
crc/sock-save-our-country-kids/sock-
save-our-country-kids.aspx)
The week started with the Coffee
Stop campaign which was run in
partnership with the Narembeen
Co-Op and the Narembeen
Roadhouse, who donated 50¢ from
each coffee sold to SOCK Week
2021. The SOCK branded reusable
travel mugs were generously
sponsored by Dorcas and CBH and it
was great to see the community
supporting this initiative throughout
the week.
The Coffee Stop initiative was
promoting - making the time to have
a break when travelling. Living in
the country, we all know how much
driving is done and so its important
to remind people to take a break,
swap drivers and know the warning
signs of fatigue when driving on our
country roads.
In total 556 coffees were sold during
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Narembeen SOCK Week
2 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
REGULAR EVENTS
0-4 Amity Health Playgroupcall
Claire Smith or email
csmith@amityhealth.com.au
A Choired Taste Mondays 7pm—
9pm at 47 Coronation Street. Call
Emma Aitken 0487 351 167 or
Chloe Willcocks 0438 891 761.
All Saints Anglican Church
Contact Pauline 9044 1076 or Su
0427 412 709.
Bootscooting—Monday nights 7pm
at the Cummins Theatre. First night
free. Beginners to advanced. Call
Anjoeen on 9041 3005 or see Sue at
the Chemist or Lyn at the Post
Office.
Mens Shed—Thursdays 2pm—
5pm. Please call Peter McCrae on
0427 625 027 for more info.
Merredin Army Cadet Unit 510
Postponed until further notice. For
further information please contact
Officer in Charge 2
nd
Lieutenant
Karinda Smith Mob: 0427 080 913
Merredin Camera ClubEmail
Daina for more info at
dainasutherland@bigpond.com.
Merredin Churches Fraternal—St
Marys Catholic Church corner
South Ave & Pioneer Road,
Merredin. Thursday 30th July 7pm.
Merredin Community Garden
Group Incfor information please
contact the Chairperson, Gillian
Ovans 0427 701 655 or by email
merredincg@gmail.com.
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—Meeting 22nd July at
5.30pm. 110 Barrack Street.
Merredin Fine Arts SocietyNew
members welcome. Enquiries to
Margaret 0429 623 081.
Merredin Museum & Historical
Society—Next meeting 5th August
at 5pm.
Merredin Rifle Club—Call Steve
for more info on 0467 173 753.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Heather’s Hearsay
What would the world be like without chocolate?
Merredin United in Prayer—
Cancelled for the time being. Will
be reviewed soon.
Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled
until further notice. Call 0427 412
709.
Peoples Baptist Church—
Kellerberrin 11am Sunday
Workshop. Ph 0435 284 796.
Playgroup—Contact Carissa Amm
on 0433 340 441.
Red Hat Lunch—Contact Julie
Townrow 0429 411 377 or email
julietownrow@westnet.com.au
Seniors Centre—Activities
suspended until further notice.
Jeannette Fegan 0429 471 425.
Seniors Centre Morning Tea
Suspended until further notice.
Seniors Gentle Gym—Suspended
until further notice.
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Has re-opened for worshipping.
Everyone welcome. Call 0429 770
331.
St Marys Catholic Church,
Merredin—Father Andrew Bowron,
Ph 9041 1118.
Story-time—Cancelled until further
notice.
Tales of the PastCancelled until
further notice.
Tribal Bellydance Beginners
classes Mondays 5pm. Call Kirsty
on 9041 1041. For all ages and
levels of physical fitness.
Uniting Church—Fifth Street, 9am
Sunday service. Call 0428 125 613.
Westonia Croquet Club—Call John
Corsini on 0429 467 170 or Keith
Downsborough on 0482 445 046.
Wildflower Society Merredin
Branch—Call President Mal Harper
on 0437 388 292.
THE PHOENIX
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Currently distribung @ 600 copies to
Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin,
Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin,
Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen,
Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin,
Trayning & Westonia.
Shelby: The
world wouldnt
have any mouth-
watering
flavourful dairy
milk chocolate!
Lani: It would
be bland. It
would really
just be very
bland.
Heather Giles—Thumbs up
for the lovely rain—hope it
continues.
Lara: It would
be really bad
because you
couldnt have
smarties,
M&Ms or
hot chocolate.
Lily: You
wouldnt be able
to have delicious
treats.
Annette Hombergen
Thumbs up to Sybil, Ross and
the staff at the Op Shop for all
the effort that has gone into
the upgrade, refurbishing and
restocking. Amazing work.
Clayton Murray—Thumbs up
to the staff at Merredin
Hospital ED. Thanks for
being there.
Cheryl Lee—Thumbs down to
all you people who will not
pick up their dog poo at the
dog park, please people, bags
provided.
Kim Lane—Thumbs down to
whoever made the decision to
leave the road works at
Carrabin in such dangerous
condition! Very unsafe!
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd, 2020 3
SOCK Week 2020. Well done
Narembeen!
On Tuesday 23rd, the CRC with the
help of our local Police Officers
Richie and Adrian, hosted a Gopher
Safety Talk for nine existing and
potential future gopher drivers,
which was followed by a morning
tea.
Wednesday was Wear a Road
Safety Ribbonday which saw local
business handing out ribbons to
customers to wear on their shirts for
that day, demonstrating their
involvement and support for road
safety messages and campaigns such
as SOCK.
There was a high Police presence in
Narembeen on Wednesday and
Thursday, with Wheatbelt Traffic
officers conducting random alcohol
and drug testing in town, which
unfortunately resulted in some
positive tests from drivers.
We appreciate the efforts of the
officers from Wheatbelt Traffic
keeping our country roads safe and
thank them for their involvement in
SOCK Week.
Wednesday was also a busy day for
the students of the Narembeen
District High School with a Bike &
Helmet Safety Day, conducted by
SEDERA, which from all reports
was a fun and informative morning.
It was amazing to hear the Year 1
and 2 students informing us of the
key SOCK messages, it just proves
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they know exactly what we are
trying to convey. A big thank you to
Ann, from SDERA (Drug, Alcohol
& Road Safety Education) and
Rodney from RoadWise for your
time and support.
Thursday was Turn your Headlights
on for road safety day. Whilst it is
not the law, turning your headlights
on during daylight can improve your
safety by ensuring others using the
road can see you.
Friday was the popular Fluoro
Friday where many people in our
community dressed up in fluoro to
Be Seen’. It was fabulous to see
Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Kondinin and
Merredin participate in this activity.
Maybe an award for the best fluoro
outfit could be on the cards for next
year. A big thank you to the
Narembeen District High School for
their outstanding effort for Fluoro
Friday this year amazing!
Finally, the SOCK Week finale,
which was held at the Narembeen
Recreation Centre on Friday night - a
night dedicated to remembering
those we have lost to road accidents
in our community. This year, again
due to COVID, we were a bit
concerned how to top previous years,
but after some brainstorming, it was
decided to light a candle inside a
candle bag to display the word
SOCK”, in memory of those we
have lost on our country roads.
The Emergency Service Volunteers,
CRC staff and Police lit the first
candles, followed by community
members who surrounded the SOCK
Narembeen SOCK Week cont.
with hearts and stars, also in candle
bags, followed by a minutes silence.
This was a very special and
emotional event that touched many
people. Thank you to all who
attended and shared this special
moment with us, we received some
very positive feedback.
Thank you also to everyone who
shared our social media content,
including Corrigin, Kulin, Westonia
and Nungarin CRCs. There is no
better way to get information spread
across the state, than social media,
the posts reached over 5765 people
and we had almost 4500 post
engagements on Facebook, spreading
the SOCK messages.
Thank you to the Road Safety
Commission for their support in this
yearsevent.
Remember, SOCK Week is not just a
weeklong event that occurs in the
last week of June each year it is
something that we should all be
thinking of every time we get in a
car, so please continue to do, or start
doing, the right thing to save lives on
our country roads.
Help us help you and your loved
ones stay safe on our country road.
Help us to #SaveOurCountryKids.
By Cr JULIE FLOCKART
Since the end of March Councillors
have been coming together weekly
for informal meetings with the
purpose of guiding the Shire's
response to the COVID-19
pandemic.
Now that COVID-19 restrictions
have been eased, these weekly
informal meetings have a new
objective in place. The focus has
shifted to the review of the
Strategic Community Plan, which
has been strongly impacted by the
need to concentrate on recovery and
regeneration following COVID-19
and outline the future direction of
the Shire.
The State and Federal Governments
are encouraging Councils to be
bold in their project planning, with
an inherent need for projects that
will help generate construction jobs
for local builders, and also create
more jobs in the community
through increased economic
activity.
There are a number of grant
funding opportunities emerging for
both the Shire and for Community
Groups also. We will be working
toward securing external funding
for worthwhile projects which may
include, but are not limited to, the
CBD redevelopment, and the Apex
Park redevelopment.
As part of the Strategic Community
Plan review, Council are readily
preparing for an engagement
campaign which will focus on
creating a discussion with the
community, collecting feedback,
and exploring new opportunities for
the Shire of Merredin. The
campaign is set to take place in
early July, with the goal of having a
plan in place by the end of July.
More information about this
engagement campaign will be
shared on the Shire of Merredin
website and social media pages
over the next few days, so make
sure you dont miss the opportunity
to be involved as we look to build a
bigger and brighter future for
Merredin.
Message from
the Shire
President
4 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
Court Report
9th June 2020
Perth Courthouse
Lindsay George appeared on charges of
an attempt to pervert justice, 8 counts of
a breach of family violence restraining
order or violence restraining order, a
breach of bail (fail to appear soon after),
a breach of conditional suspended
imprisonment order and a breach of bail
undertaking. He was remanded to
appear in Perth on the 4th August 2020.
15th June 2020
Northam Courthouse
Jonathon Carter appeared on charges of
7 counts of having no authority to
drive—suspended (other than fines
suspension), driving, causing or
permitting a vehicle with a forged,
replica or false plate to be driven on a
road, failing to comply with a surrender
notice in relation to a vehicle, a breach
of bail (fail to appear soon after),
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis), having no authority to drive
(disqualified from holding or
obtaining), 3 counts of using an
unlicensed vehicle on a road, being an
unlicensed person who possesses
firearm/ammunition and possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained property.
He was remanded to appear in Northam
on the 17th August 2020.
16
th
June 2020
Perth Courthouse
Ralph Palmer appeared on charges of
being an unlicensed person who
possesses firearm/ammunition, offering
to sell or supply a prohibited drug to
another, cultivating a prohibited plant,
being a person having been served with
a data access order and without
reasonable excuse, failed to obey that
data access order, 4 counts of driving
with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid
or blood, possessing a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine), 4 counts of
possessing drug paraphernalia in or on
which there was a prohibited drug or
plant, failing to comply with
requirements of a Police Officer,
possession of a prohibited drug with
intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine), and failing to
comply with requirements made by a
member of the police force, the matters
were adjourned to appear in Perth on
the 7
th
July 2020.
Merredin Courthouse
Royce Bonney was convicted of
damaging property and was fined $500
and ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Amy Boxell was convicted of reckless
driving exceeding the speed limit by
45km/h or more on a length of road and
was fined $1500, ordered to pay costs
of $225.90 and had her licence
suspended for 6 months.
Kenneth Bullock appeared on charges
of obstructing public officers,
possession of prohibited drugs with
intent to sell or supply (Cannabis),
possession of drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug or
plant and possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property and was
remanded to appear in Merredin on 3
rd
November 2020.
Callan Carter was convicted of having
no authority to drive suspended (other
than fine suspension) and received a 10
month suspended imprisonment order
suspended for 14 month, he also had his
licence suspended for 12 months.
Wayne Chatfield appeared on a charge
of failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police force,
the matter was adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 21
st
July 2020.
Samuel Chea appeared on a charge of
having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), the matter was adjourned to
appear in Perth on the 7
th
July 2020.
Eric Cosh appeared on a charge of
threatened to distribute an intimate
image and was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 21
st
July 2020.
Jayden Davis appeared on a charge of
assault occasioning bodily harm and
was remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 8
th
September 2020.
Scott Davis was convicted of stealing
and received an order to return property
with no penalty, he was also convicted
of burglary and commit, stealing a
motor vehicle (as defined in section
371A criminal code) and home burglary
and commit, of which he received an
imprisonment order for 1 year and 1
month.
Jake Day was convicted of 2 counts of
having no authority to drive
(disqualified from holding or
obtaining), using an unlicensed vehicle
on a road and driving, causing or
permitting a vehicle with a forged,
replica or false plate to be driven on a
road. He was fined $2500, ordered to
pay costs of $225.90 and to pay an
analyst fee of $227.87 and had his
license suspended for 9 months. He was
also convicted of having no authority to
drive and had his licence suspended for
a further 9 months.
David Dhu appeared on charges of
possessing a prohibited drug (Cannabis)
and failed to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police force.
The matters were adjourned to appear
in Merredin on the 7
th
July 2020.
Cameron Dickhart appeared on charges
of reckless driving, speeding by 45 km/
h or more on a length of road to escape
pursuit, having no authority to drive
suspended (other than fines
suspension), being the driver of a
vehicle who failed to comply with a
direction to stop (circumstance of
aggravation) and failing to give
information identifying the driver or
person in charge of a vehicle. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 21
st
July 2020.
Glenn Draper was convicted of 2 counts
of having no authority to drive
(expired), 2 counts of possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there was
a prohibited drug or plant, possessing a
prohibited drug (Cannabis) and
possessing a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine) and was fined
$1200 and ordered to pay costs of
$225.90.
Brian Ennor was convicted of having
no authority to drive cancelled, and
was fined $1000 and ordered to pay
costs of $225.90 and had his licence
suspended for 9 months.
Lewis Finnie appeared on charges of
reckless driving and damaging property.
The matters were adjourned to appear
in Joondalup on 17
th
July 2020.
Naomi Garlett appeared on a charge of
unlawful assault and thereby did bodily
harm with circumstances of aggravation
and was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 8
th
September 2020.
James Garrett appeared on charges of
committing an offence in the dwelling
of another, without consent, with
aggravation and criminal damage or
destruction of property and was
committed to Perth on the 7
th
August
2020. He also appeared on a charge of
common assault and was remanded to
appear in Perth on the 7
th
August 2020.
Joe Goedhart appeared on charges of
inadequate storage facility for firearms,
cultivating a prohibited plant,
possessing drug paraphernalia in or on
which there was a prohibited drug or
plant and possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis). The matters were
adjourned to appear in Merredin on the
7
th
July 2020.
Lachlan Grant-Williams appeared on a
charge of breaching a family violence
restraining order and was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 4
th
August
2020. He was convicted of having no
authority to drive suspended due to a
disqualification notice and received a
$1000 suspended fine, suspended for 4
months. He was convicted of 2 counts
of obstructing public officers and
received a $600 suspended fine,
suspended for 4 months. He was
convicted of 2 counts of reckless
driving, being the driver of a vehicle
that failed to comply with a direction to
stop (circumstance of aggravation) and
stealing a motor vehicle and driving or
assuming control without consent and
received a 6 month and 1 day
suspended imprisonment order,
suspended for 6 months.
Gary Green was convicted of dangerous
driving and was fined $1000 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Matthew Hill appeared on charges of
exceeding the speed limit between 20
and 29km/h and having no authority to
drive Suspended (other than fines
suspension). The matters were
adjourned to appear in Merredin in the
21
st
July 2020.
Regan Jefferys appeared on charges of
exceeding the speed limit between 10
and 19km/h and being a person who
drove a motor vehicle under the
influence of alcohol. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Perth on the 26
th
June 2020.
Justin Jetta appeared on a charge of
unlawful assault and thereby did bodily
harm with circumstances of aggravation
and was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 21
st
July 2020.
Selina Jetta was convicted of disorderly
behavior in public and was fined $500
and ordered to pay costs of $118.50.
She was also convicted of 2 counts of
assaulting a person who was providing
a health service to the public and
received an 8 month suspended
imprisonment order, suspended for 12
months.
Leigh Liddell appeared on charges of
unlawful assault and thereby did bodily
harm with circumstances of aggravation
and possession of stolen or unlawfully
obtained property and was remanded to
appear in Northam on the 30
th
July
2020.
Nicole Little appeared on charges of 2
counts of assaulting a public officer,
being armed or pretending to be armed
in a way that may cause fear, disorderly
behavior in public and common assault
and was remanded to appear in Perth on
the 22
nd
June 2020.
Reece Long was convicted of without
lawful excuse trespassing on a place, 2
counts of stealing and burglary and
commit offence in a dwelling and
received a 12 month intensive
supervision order, a 6 month
community based order and was also
ordered to pay compensation of $36.
Danielle Mason was convicted of
driving with prescribed illicit drug in
oral fluid or blood and was fined $600,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90, to pay
an analyst fee of $177 and had her
licence suspended for 6 months.
Derek Mason was convicted of driving
(or attempting to drive) a motor vehicle
on a public road with a blood alcohol
content exceeding 0.05g and was fined
$500, ordered to pay costs of $225.90
and had his licence suspended for 6
months.
Damien Miller appeared on charges of
failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police force
and possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis) the matters were adjourned
to appear in Merredin on the 7
th
July
2020.
Daimon Mitchell was listed to appear
for the charge of having no authority to
drive suspended (other than fines
suspension). He failed to appear and a
warrant was issued for his arrest.
Aaron Moody-Jackamarra appeared on
charges of stealing, reckless driving to
escape pursuit by police, having no
authority to drive suspended (other
than fines suspension) and being the
driver of a vehicle that failed to comply
with a direction to stop (circumstance
of aggravation) and was remanded in
custody to appear in Merredin on the 7
th
July 2020.
Jason Moore was convicted of being a
responsible person who permitted an
unlicensed vehicle to be used on a road
and was fined $20, ordered to pay costs
of $225.90 and to pay a half annual
licence fee of $471.98.
Ralph Palmer appeared on charges of 4
counts of driving with a prescribed
illicit drug in oral fluid or blood, the
matters were adjourned to appear in
Perth on the 6
th
July 2020.
Stewart Parkin was convicted of
without lawful excuse trespassing on a
place, was fined $400 and ordered to
pay costs of $225.90.
Patrick Pickett appeared on charges of
without lawful excuse trespassing on a
place, common assault in circumstances
of aggravation or racial aggravation,
unlawful assault and thereby did bodily
harm with circumstances of
aggravation, being armed or pretending
to be armed in a way that may cause
fear, breach of bail undertaking and
burglary and commit offence in
dwelling and was remanded to appear
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THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd, 2020 5
in Merredin on the 8
th
September 2020.
Petina Pinner was convicted of
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis), was fined $300 and ordered
to pay costs of $225.90.
Damien Sonneman was convicted of 2
counts of having no authority to drive
(fines suspended) and possession of a
prohibited drug (Cannabis). He was
fined $800 and ordered to pay costs of
$225.90.
Kyle Stroinski appeared on a charge of
possessing a controlled weapon. The
matter was adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 17
th
June 2020.
Abe Thornton appeared on charges of 2
counts of driving contrary to specified
time, purpose, locality or road on an
extraordinary licence. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Northam on the
6
th
July 2020.
Clinton Wall was convicted of
exceeding the speed limit between 20
and 29km/h, was fined $400 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Kaylee Websdale appeared on charges
of failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police force,
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis), cultivating a prohibited
plant, possessing drug paraphernalia in
or on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant and possessing a prohibited
plant. The matters were adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 21
st
July
2020.
Paul Wiggan appeared on charges of
unlawful and indecent assault and
without lawful excuse trespassing on a
place. He was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 7
th
July 2020.
Kenneth Wolfenden appeared on
charges of 128 counts of breach of
family violence restraining order or
violence restraining order and was
remanded to appear in Merredin on the
4
th
August 2020.
Tom Wood appeared on charges of
assault occasioning bodily harm, 2
counts of unlawful assault and thereby
did bodily harm with circumstances of
aggravation, damaging property and
common assault in circumstances of
aggravation or racial aggravation. He
was remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 8
th
September 2020.
Perth Courthouse
Dion Jaxon appeared on a charge of
unlawfully did grievous bodily harm
with a circumstance of aggravation as
per section 221 criminal code and was
remanded to appear in Perth on the 14
th
July 2020.
17
th
June 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Barbara Allen appeared on a charge of
possessing drug paraphernalia in or on
which there was a prohibited drug or
plant, the matter was adjourned to
appear in Northam on the 22
nd
June
2020. She also appeared on charges of
possessing a prohibited drug with intent
to sell or supply (Methylamphetamine),
possession of stolen or unlawfully
obtained property and possessing a
prohibited drug (Methylamphetamine)
and was remanded to appear in
Northam on 22
nd
June 2020.
Brodie Scorer appeared on charges of 3
counts of failing to comply with
reporting obligations, possessing a
prohibited drug (Cannabis), disorderly
behavior in public and 2 counts of a
breach of police order. He was
remanded to appear in Merredin on the
19
th
August 2020.
Kyle Stroinski was convicted of
possessing a controlled weapon and
received no penalty.
18
th
June 2020
Geraldton Courthouse
Dione Oliffe appeared on charges of 8
counts of stealing, without lawful
excuse trespassing on a place, 2 counts
of having no authority to drive
Suspended (other than fines suspension)
and possessing drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug or
plant. The matters were adjourned to
appear in Geraldton on the 27
th
July
2020.
Kalgoorlie Courthouse
Marcus Blake appeared on charges of
having no authority to drive
suspended (other than fines suspension)
and reckless driving exceeding the
speed limit by 45km/h or more on a
length of road. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on
the 6
th
July 2020.
22
nd
June 2020
Perth Courthouse
Nicole Little was listed to appear on
charges of 2 counts of assaulting a
public officer, being armed or
pretending to be armed in a way that
may cause fear, disorderly behavior in
public and common assault. She failed
to appear and a warrant was issued for
her arrest.
Northam Courthouse
Barbara Allen appeared on a charge of
possession of a prohibited drug with
intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine), possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained property
and possession of a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine). She was
remanded to appear in Northam on the
14
th
September 2020.
23
rd
June 2020
Perth Courthouse
Teio Anderson appeared on charges of
disorderly behaviour in public,
possessing a prohibited drug (Cannabis)
and having no authority to drive
suspended (other than fines suspension).
The matters were adjourned to appear in
Perth on the 30
th
June 2020.
26
th
June 2020
Perth Courthouse
Regan Jefferys was convicted of
exceeding the speed limit between 20
and 29km/h and having no authority to
drive suspended (other than fines
suspension). He was fined $900,
ordered to pay costs of $118.50 and had
his licence suspended for 10 months.
Court Report
6 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
Peter
Barrett
My Thoughts
Police Report
Juggernaut
After years of watching friends
addicted to their phone
I took the bait and got a Facebook
profile of my own.
Within an hour those self same
people asked to be my friend,
as if they werent before I had to be
their friend again.
It wasnt very long before my profile
page was found
and people from the distant past
were gathering around.
They came out of the woodwork like
some deeply buried bones
and asked politely if Id like to join
them on their phones.
So I accepted most of them before I
start to see
that many werent that nice these
days and irritated me.
Too late! Unfriending is a tactic
frowned upon at best
and thus within a day my Facebook
profile was a mess.
So, armed with six emoticons I
browsed the things they posted
Pictures of their kids and the leg of
lamb they roasted.
Some were full of politics, some
were full of hate
But most was advertising, with
sensation as the bait.
To find like-minded people I must
go and join some groups.
Welcome! Says the intro page, but
first jump through these hoops.
The internet is full of trolls. The
moderator weeds them out
and anyone who doesnt stick to
what the group is all about.
The moderator heirarchy goes right
up to the top
King Zuckerberg decides the rules
and runs it like a shop.
The scams and fraud advertisements
are not a pretty look
and maybe if hes honest he would
call it faeces book.
So maybe Ill delete it. But I would
never dare.
Cos now Ive learnt to dodge the shit
and have some fun in there.
and the use of unlicensed
motorcycles in town will be taken
seriously.
When you are riding please watch
out for other vehicles and enjoy
your day. Do the right thing, stay
safe or risk losing your motorbike!
As always you can report any
suspicious or illegal activity to
Merredin Police on
9030 0175 (please note this new
phone number) or 131 444 or
through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
000. Anonymous information can
also be reported online at
www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
By Acting Sergeant TYLER
WINTER—Merredin Police
Merredin Police have received
numerous reports of people riding
unlicensed off-road motorcycles
dangerously in town. Riding
unlicensed motorbikes on a road is
an offence and police have the
power to impound the motorbike.
If you live in town and want to go
for a ride, please push your
motorbike out of town or use a
vehicle to transport them. If you
need to cross any road, stop and
push the bike across the road.
We want to ensure everyone is safe
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Send your LETTER TO THE EDITOR
to administration@merredincrc.com
Library Musings
By WENDY PORTER—Merredin
Library
Hi all. Lucky for us in Western
Australia, even more restrictions
have now been lifted. This means
the Merredin Library will once again
be hosting some school holiday
activities. There are still restrictions
in place around social distancing so
out of necessity our numbers are
limited. The activities will be
restricted to 30 participants only
(this includes parents) so bookings
are essential. We cannot have more
than 30 people in the space.
Due to the Merredin Library being
closed for so long we havent
selected a book exchange since
February. However, we have still
been ordering new stock. Some of
the new additions are:
100 20
th
- Century Gardens &
Landscapes edited by Susannah
Charlton and Elain Harwood
celebrates an outstanding area of
British design since 1914. Whilst
some of the gardens are not
necessarily workable for Australian
gardens, the book also looks at
buildings, model villages,
universities, highways and power
stations concentrating on ideas to
regenerate old urban areas or give
new settlements a sense of place.
A bigger picture by Malcolm
Turnbull has previously been in the
news, with both supporters and nay-
sayers speaking out. This book tells
the remarkable story of his life in
politics as well as personal insights
and stories, his strengths and
weaknesses, and what goes on
behind the scenes in Parliament.
Everyday food as medicine by Dr
Kerryn Phelps and Jaime Rose
Chambers includes 80 plus recipes
for better health and weekly meal
plans. This book undertakes
explaining the role of food and
nutrition and its relationship to
health and wellbeing. Read about
mood food, gut and heart health,
energy and anti-inflammatory food.
Try a Super Sprout Spaghetti
Bolognese or a Fudgy Beetroot and
Banana Brownie.
Remember that although the
Merredin Library is open again, you
are still able to call the Library on
9041 1222 and ask staff to select
books for you if you prefer to limit
your contact with people. You can
then pick them up when you are
able – without having to spend more
than 5 minutes in the library. If you
are in town and unable to get to the
Library, we can arrange for
delivery. Staff are always happy to
help.
By ANITA METCALF
The following snippets appeared in
the local JULY newspapers of the
time.
23
rd
, 1913: The Education
Department opened a school in
Nungarin some weeks ago in the
Congregational Hall, kindly lent by
the committee of that church. The
attendance has been very
encouraging. The children are in the
capable hands of Miss Creagh.
27
th
, 1926: New additions have been
completed at Merredin Hotel by
owner Mr T. Duff. In the new wing
the saloon bar, dining-room and
kitchen have been increased.
Provision has been made for about
10 offices and shop fronts in an
arcade on the ground floor.
18
th
, 1929: Mr W. Brown, leasee of
Cummins Theatre intends to keep
abreast of the times and is making
arrangement for the installation of
Talkies in Merredin at an early date.
Merredin will probably be the first
inland town in WA to adopt the
Talkies.
18
th
, 1930: The Bruce Rock Shell
Depot presents a bright, clean and
natty appearance, the company
consider it the best kept country
depot in WA. The premises have
attractive flowering borders and a
cluster of flourishing lemon trees.
5
th
, 1941: Radio 6MD opened under
the licence of WA Broadcasters. It
was a unique situation where one
company owned the licences for a
number of radio stations.
8
th
, 1964: Advertisement: Available
until October 31 (except school
holidays) A Holiday Bargain
ROTTNEST Spring Concession.
Accommodation and Air Travel for
only £3/7/- per week ($6.70) with
MMA.
31
st
, 1964: Movies at the Drive-In:
The Desert Fox starring James
Mason and The Desert Rats starring
Chips Rafferty.
25
th
, 1979: Over 60 members joined
together to celebrate the 50
th
birthday
of C.W.A. in Trayning.
From the History Room
There is concern about business
closures in Merredin (and other
country towns). Locals want
thriving businesses, providing
goods and services which
sufficient people want and use.
Comments abound:
Merredin needs……
The Shire should ……..
I would spend more money locally
if …..
Often those making the
suggestions and criticisms about
local businesses (usually absence
of) are not themselves investing
money and taking the plunge into a
local business. Ideas are plentiful,
but money to invest (ie risk) is not.
At various times over the years
business ideas have been raised
and discussed. Some even had legs
for a while, before fading away.
The fact that many seemingly good
ideas havent become established,
suggests they are not goers”, for
all sorts of reasons. Maybe some
are running quietly in Merredin, if
so, let the public know!
Letter to the Editor
Business Opportunities for Merredin?
In no order, here are some possible
business ideas, none my original
ideas but collated from various
sources. You might have something
else you would like to share, that you
cant undertake yourself but
someone else might take up your
idea and succeed with it!
Truck/car wash automated, self
-serve and/or hand wash
A taxi service
Self-storage units (boats,
caravans, excess furniture etc)
Archival storage
IT-related business
Renewable energy related
business
Business using recycling
If you have a small business idea its
good to seek some advice, especially
early, before you commit too much
scarce time and money. It may be
beneficial to contact -The Small
Business Development Corporation,
Perth or Wheatbelt Business
Network.
Roy Butler
Merredin
Phone 0458 429 072
shareecook4@gmail.com
8 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
Mias Local Hero Grants helping to make a difference
By KATHLEEN BROWN
Forty Four community groups
across the Central Wheatbelt
electorate are set to benefit from
grants awarded under Mias Local
Hero Grants.
Local Member for Central
Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA
recently launched the Local Hero
Grants to help support local
community groups based across
her electorate.
Ms Davies said that in her role as
the local State Member she was
always pleased to support groups
and the new program would offer
small but meaningful grants to the
community.
I am always keen to support
community groups throughout the
Central Wheatbelt, especially
those who support and enrich our
local communities, Ms Davies
said.
My new Mias Local Hero
Grants program provided $250
grants and we received some
fantastic applications.
The impacts of COVID-19 have
been felt throughout the electorate
and this was a way for me to
acknowledge and support the
many groups that do great work in
my electorate.
Ms Davies said the grants provided
an opportunity to show her support,
thanks and appreciation for the
hardworking volunteer and not-for-
profit organisations that make such a
difference in our community.
There will be another round
announced later in the year, so if you
missed this round Id encourage you
to apply when we re-open another
down the track.
The process isnt onerous, but it is
competitive so make sure you
explain clearly how the money will
be used and why it will benefit the
community or people you support,
she said.
Funding can be used to support or
sponsor a local event, contribute
toward the purchase of new
equipment or materials, or to assist a
group to better support their
members or community.
Some successful applicants of Mias
Local Hero Grants for Round 1
include:
Bruce Rock Playgroup—toward
a nature based outdoor play area
Bruce Rock Pony Club
purchase new showjumping
poles
Corrigin Toy Library—new toys
Kellerberrin Junior Football
Club—towards purchasing a
new trailer
Kellerberrin Community Mens
Shed Inc—Seniors Day
Merredin Community Garden
Group Inc—hand tools and sack
trolley
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—aprons for catering
activities
Mt Marshall & Districts Ag
Society—purchasing jump
wings
Narembeen Bowls Club Inc
towards reticulation system
Narembeen St John Sub
Centre—purchase LED
rechargeable torches
Narembeen Historical Society
towards a display cabinet
Nungarin Wheatbelt Markets—
new tables and chairs
Nungarin Tidy Towns—
purchase plants
Nungarin Golf Club
maintenance of club rooms
Southern Cross Motorcycle
Club—office supplies and
marketing out tape
Westonia Community Resource
Centre—Telecommunications
equipment
Mia Davies MLA
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Cross Country
On Wednesday 24 June we were able
to run our annual Cross Country
event. Well done to all students
from Pre-primary to Year 12 who
participated and showed great
sportsmanship throughout the day.
Congratulations to the individual
winners who will represent the
college in the Interschool Cross
Country event in Meckering next
term. House results for the event
were:
Mitchell 451
Kelly 329
Law 325
Growden 269
Primary Individual Results
1
st
2
nd
3
rd
6 Years and Under Boys Seth Greenham Luke Shelton Ashton Glass
6 Years and Under Girls
Emily Smith
Madison Davies Lucy Hatch
8 Years and Under Boys Jobe Walker Connor Davies Ned Truglio
8 Years and Under Girls Zahara Craddock Caira Tollarzo Callum Kett
10 Years and Under Boys Reuben Davies Nathan Major Ned Truglio
10 Years and Under Girls Harper Purssell A Kelly Bonnie Wahlsten
12 Years and Under Boys Nathaniel Shelton Drikus Putter Xander Boehme
12 Years and Under Girls Chloe Major Charlotte Rajagopalan
Chloe Van Der
Merwe
Secondary Individual Results
Champion Runner Up Champion
Year 7 Boys Archer Gardiner Kurtis Jones
Year 7 Girls Angelina Little Jorja Purssell
Year 8 Boys Judd Major Lucas Griffiths
Year 8 Girls Ella Wahlsten Charlotte Grant
Year 9 Boys Jack Truglio Coden Daddow
Year 9 Girls Kiara Sandercock Georgia Moffatt
Year 10 Boys Noah Carroll -
Year 10 Girls Lara Metaxakis -
Year 11/12 Boys Stewart Watson Zane McQuistan
Year 11/12 Girls Charlee Brooker Jelara Daddow
10 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
By TERRY AND THE TEAM,
Regional Mens Health Initiative
The term mental health encompasses
all aspects of our emotional,
psychological and social wellbeing,
it affects how we feel, think and
interact with the world around us.
Its important to acknowledge that
dealing with lifes challenges and
changes can be difficult at times
and place our mental health and
wellbeing under pressure. The effects
of this will be different for all of us,
as we all have an innate but varying
capacity to cope and deal with these
pressures.
A Mental Health Care Plan is
designed for someone struggling
with their mental health and
wellbeing or experiencing a mental
health disorder as diagnosed by a
doctor. This mental health treatment
plan is about YOU and your GP
having a conversation and both
agreeing that you need additional
support. The mental health treatment
plan is written out by a GP and
identifies what type of extra support
you need. It is really about patient
and doctor agreeing on what is
needed to help you achieve your
goals and to support your recovery
journey.
A Mental Health Care Plan may
include:
Referral to a psychologist,
What is a Mental Health Care Plan?
counsellor or other mental / allied
health professional.
A discussion around other types
of support or strategies to help
you.
Review of current medication or
the prescription of new
medication.
Other health checks or blood
tests to explore other physical
health issues.
Another major benefit of a Mental
Health Care Plan is that it comes
under the Better Access initiative,
which entitles you to a Medicare
rebate for up to 10 sessions with a
mental health professional. The
current guidelines do not cover all 10
session in one year. Your plan will
cover you for 6 sessions, following
that you can discuss with your GP
whether the additional 4 sessions
would be of benefit via a Mental
Health Care Plan review and
additional referral.
Some things to remember in
context to a Mental Health Care
Plan:
When booking an appointment
with your GP ask for a longer
consult or mention the reason for
the booking (struggling with
mental health / discuss care plan
etc.)
Sometimes there can be waiting
periods to see psychs or
counsellors. Discuss alternate
support options until you can get
an appointment. This may
include family, friends, support
lines or other services. Options
can be limited in rural and remote
areas.
Like any plan, it gives us
direction, but its important it is
actively reviewed through follow
-up appointments with your GP
and check-ins to monitor
progress.
Recovery from mental health and
wellbeing challenges and / or mental
illness is an ongoing process and is
often referred to as the recovery
journey. When we can seek help, talk
about, normalise and work through
our mental health and wellbeing
problems, the boundaries of our
comfort zone grow and expand. This
is also how we grow as individuals
and is the true meaning of resilience!
Working with Warriors® Podcast
Series. These podcasts launched on
the 19
th
June 2020 are based on
conversations around mens
wellbeing and health from our
Working with Warriors®
education sessions. These short
podcasts regarding a mans approach
to his wellbeing and health are now
available to listen via our website or
on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google
Podcasts and numerous other podcast
directories.
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On Monday the 15
th
June, students at
St Marys School wore their
favourite scarves and beanies to raise
money for the Life Link
Organisation.
Thank you to everyone who
supported our Life Link fundraiser.
Together, we raised $186.80 for the
Life Link Organisation.
Life Link supports many different
organisations within our Archdiocese
of Perth. The Year 3-6 classes spent
time researching different
organisations. Here is some of the
information they found:
Life Link Day 15th June 2020
Identity WA helps people with
disabilities to complete daily
activities and to become involved
in their own community.- Olivia
Geier, Year 5
Identity WA helps a boy called
Ben. He has been helped since he
was seven years old.- Casey
Alvaro, Year 6
Shop Front helps people receive
food who dont have enough.-
Matilda Carr, Year 3
Shop Front helps homeless people
with food bills.- Koby Sayers,
Year 3
12 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
By HEATHER GILES
The Committee of the Merrittville
Retirement Village are continually
working to keep our Independent
Aged Living Accommodation up to
date and fresh for potential tenants.
Three spacious one bedroom Units
are currently receiving a face lift
with kitchen renovations, new
window fixtures and a fresh coat of
paint and will be available for rent
in the near future.
Another one bedroom Unit, slightly
smaller, had major renovations
completed in 2019 and is currently
vacant and available for rent.
One of the newer three bedroom
Units, in Barr Street has just been
Merrittville Retirement Village
Independent Living Units
vacated and should be ready for a
new tenant in the near future.
The residents of Merrittville enjoy
community style living while
maintaining their independence.
Some of our residents meet in the
Village Hall on a Monday to play
cards. The Hall is always available
for the tenants to use and it has quite
an extensive book shelf of reading
material that is shared.
Anyone who would like to apply
for one of the vacant Units
at Merrittville Retirement Village
please contact the Merredin CRC
on 9041 1041 or email
merrittvillecommittee@gmail.com
for an application form or to make
any enquiries.
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14 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
Merredin CRC were very pleased to
be successful with one of Mias Local
Hero Grants for $250, which was
used to purchase 10 aprons,
embroidered with the CRC logo.
These aprons will be used by
volunteers who help out with
Merredin CRC receive Mias
Local Hero Grant
community events that involve
catering like Merredin Markets,
Australia Day Breakfast, Senior
Luncheon, Thank a Volunteer events
and Australia Biggest Morning Tea to
name a few.
Merredin CRC received $1670 excl
GST through the container deposit
scheme community grants to
purchase a trailer from the Merredin
Mens Shed that has been renovated
and modified for use as a Mobile
Community Donation Point Trailer,
with 6 mesh cages to cater for the
different types of containers.
The trailer will be parked outside the
CRC and cages open Monday
Friday 9am 5pm. Containers
Containers Deposit Scheme Community
Grants Program
collected while the trailer is at the
CRC will be transported to the
Refund Point in Merredin by the
CRC and refunds will go to the CRC.
The trailer will be made available to
other community/sporting groups to
be transported to other locations for
community events for collection of
containers. The group can then take
the trailer to the Refund Point and
collect the refunds for their group.
Narembeen CRC SOCK Week
promotes several road safety
messages throughout the week
ending with FLOURO Friday, so
Merredin CRC thought they
would support the campaign and
Merredin CRC supports Narembeen
CRCs initiative - SOCK Supporting
Our Country Kids
wear their flouro vests for the day,
which attracted lots of questions by
customers which gave us an
opportunity to promote the road
safety messages.
By SAXON ROCHFORD
My name is Saxon Rochford. Its
great to be part of a team of happy and
outgoing individuals who always want
to help. I enjoy working here as I get
to be a part of seeing Merredin and
other towns grow as communities.
Doing the Marketing for The Phoenix
gives me the chance to talk to all the
businesses in the Central Wheatbelt
and meet people in our community
that I wouldnt normally get a chance
to. I believe that The Phoenix is a
great way for business to promote
themselves and for everyone to see
what is going on in town through
adverts, local news and more. For
only $2 an issue its affordable for
everyone.
I also love helping our senior citizens
with tech and any other questions. If
you have any questions feel free to
call Merredin CRC on 9041 1041.
Merredin CRC welcomes new
Marketing Coordinator
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd, 2020 15
By GEMMA OREILLY
On Tuesday 23 June 2020, 18
members from the Merredin Mens
Shed were welcomed at the Merredin
Solar Farm and shown the
impressive project by General
Manager, Ciaran Shannon and
Electrical Engineer, Abol Nazari
from Monford Group.
Monford Group, established in 2010
and headquartered in Perth, is a
leader in the construction industry,
with an Australian-wide portfolio of
projects in the Infrastructure,
Resources and Energy sectors. Built
from the ground up and led by a
hands on management team,
Monfords success stems from its
integrity, quality and streamlined
processes.
The 132 MW Merredin Solar Farm is
the largest solar farm in Western
Australia. The project features
354,452 solar panels mounted on a
Mens Shed Visit to Merredin
Solar Farm
single-axis tracking system and has
an output of 281 GWh of electricity
annually, generating enough energy
to power approximately 42,000
Western Australian homes. Monford
was very proud to deliver this project
as the principle contractor for Risen
Energy (Australia).
Peter McCrae, President of the
Merredin Mens Shed, thanked
Monford for the tour, for delivering
the project, wished Monford all the
best for their future projects and said
that he hoped they would all look as
good as the Merredin Solar Farm”.
Ciaran Shannon thanked the men for
coming and said that Merredin had
been very welcoming from start to
finish.
Its clear to see why Merredin is a
favourable location for projects such
as the Merredin Solar Farm.
Mens Shed on site at Merredin Solar Farm
Narembeen Mens Shed
Re-opens
Narembeen Mens Shed re-opens for work aer shut down of 3 months for COVID 19.
Pictured L-R is M Bristow, B Flint, G Loader, D Slade, P Lines on tractor , (front row) S.
Anderson, W Miliner ,C Bray, E Dixon and A Sedgwick
Allo AlloAgain
By MICHELLE GETHIN
The members of the Merredin
Repertory Club enjoyed a social get
together on Saturday 27th to
celebrate a year since their record
breaking production of "Allo
Allo".
Sadly there was no mid year play
this year due to COVID19 so the
club organised a fun get together to
reminisce instead. The club is still
deciding on the end of year play
and is toying with the possibility of
also putting on some one act plays
that require much less rehearsal
time and will help fill the Cummins
Theatre with events as most
bookings for 2020 were cancelled
or postponed until 2021.
The club is always on the lookout
for new members who are keen to
star on stage, direct or work behind
the scenes. The club accepts
people from all walks of life and it
is certainly fun to be part of a team
bringing a play to life. Keep an eye
on the club Facebook page for all
Duane, Kylee and Mitchell Crabb
Rick Con & Dave O'Neill
Stewart & Jusne Lowe Caryn Adamson & David Pet
the latest news about upcoming
auditions and events.
The Merredin Repertory Club will
have its AGM on Monday 6th July
at 7pm at the Cummins Theatre
Tivoli Room. This will be followed
by some reading of possible
scripts. All are welcome to attend.
16 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 3rd
By PETER BARRETT
Greeting galaxy gazers. As I write
this it has been drizzly and cloudy all
day. Now as the sun sets every
cloud has evaporated and it looks
like yet another super starry night.
This is one of the scenic wonders of
the Wheatbelt, which experiences a
surprising number of cloudless
nights. A survey was recently held
to measure the amount of light
pollution, the bane of backyard
astronomers. Volunteers were asked
to count how many stars they could
see in the Southern Cross. Epsilon
Crucis or Ginan the fifth star, as
depicted on the Australian flag, has a
magnitude of only 3.58, and is used
as a baseline for light pollution
Astronomy
WTF 3rd July —17th July 2020
estimates. Basically, if you can see
it then you are lucky enough to be
relatively free of light pollution.
Most Australians being city and
coast dwellers have never seen it. It
is observable in the Merredin
townsite, but only if there is no moon
and the sports ground and railway
yard lights are switched off, but you
dont have to drive far out of town
before the skies become vivid again.
That pesky moon will be full this
Sunday 5th July but by Friday there
will be plenty of evening viewing
before it rises.
Its worth noting that another
penumbral lunar eclipse is forecast
for this full moon, the third of four
due to occur this year. This will
make it slightly dimmer than a
normal full moon. The indigenous
constellation of the Emu is a good
test for sky darkness. If you can see
the running legs, one raised and the
other trailing behind you are likely to
be out in the countryside somewhere,
where these things are really easy to
spot. The raised leg is formed by the
tail of Scorpius while the trailing leg
is the constellation of Ophiuchus
(pronounced Oh FEW cuss”) the
snake handler, as the Emu jumps
over the teapotof Sagittarius. This
big black bird comes with a full set
of lights, including the Southern
Cross as the headlights and bright
red Antares (Alpha Scorpii) as the
tail light. When you are looking at
the Emu you are looking toward the
centre of the Galaxy.
By 6pm Spica, the brightest star in
the constellation of Virgo, is almost
directly overhead, attended by the
quadrilateral Corvus the crow. The
Leo bathtub is still visible setting
in the Northwest. Libra, dominated
by Zubenelgenubi and
ZubenelSchamali, meaning Northern
and Southern claw (of the Scorpion)
respectively, lies between Spica and
Scorpius. By 7pm Jupiter and Saturn
have risen, and you can now enjoy
them all night. Jupiter will be in
opposition on the 14
th
. This means it
will be at its closest approach to
Earth and its face will be fully
illuminated. This is as bright as you
will see it this year.
Saturn will similarly move into
opposition on the 20
th
. The two gas
giants are moving closer together.
This will culminate in a Great
Conjunction on December 21st when
they will be almost touching
overhead at sunset. A Great
Conjunction only occurs every
twenty years. This is how long it
takes Jupiter to lap Saturn on their
race around the Solar system circuit.
The earth overtakes both of them
every year at opposition, and they
appear to move slightly backwards
as it does so. If the Great
Conjunction coincides with
opposition this is called a Triple
Conjunction, since their apparent
retrograde motions will bring these
giants, the two main components of
the Solar System in and out of
alignment three times in one year.
The last time this happened was in
1981. The next one will be in the
year 2223. Meanwhile Mars rising in
the late evening moves into the
constellation of Cetus the whale,
another constellation conspicuously
missing from the horoscope. Dont
tell the astrologers!!
It should be a quiet but not entirely
dead fortnight for meteor showers.
There are two currently active but
they are not known to be particularly
remarkable, offering a sprinkling at
best. The annual Perseids however
will begin to shoot at the end of this
fortnight, and they are definitely
worth a look. More about those next
time. Until then keep looking up.
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Blurry Camera Club meeting
By GRANT STAINER
Blurred was the theme for the June meeting of
the Merredin Camera Club, and it was an
interesting challenge to make a blurry photo look
good.
Eleven photos filled the theme section this month,
and another 10 photos filled the open section. The
judge this month was Brian Balen.
In the theme section, Mr Balen awarded gold to
Kate Caugheys Checking the crops”.
Silver was awarded to Caryn Adamsons Fast
skierand bronze was awarded to Pippa de Lacys
Rock flowers”.
In the open section, gold was awarded to Karen
Slaters Early morning fog”.
Silver was awarded to Karen Slaters Sunbaking
on Kangaroo Island”, and bronze was awarded to
Kate Caugheys Mirror walk”.
Mr Balen assessed each photo numerically based
on awarding points for content, composition,
subject selection, emotional appeal, lighting,
overall execution, and technique.
Club members voted quite similarly to the judge in
both sections.
In the theme section, first place went to Kate
Caugheys Checking the crops”. Second place
went to Pippa de Lacys Sunset ski”, and third
place went to Caryn Adamsons Fast skier”.
In the club members open section voting, first
place went to Karen Slaters Early morning fog”.
Equal second place went to Caryn Adamsons
Love being homeand Kate Caugheys Keep the
lights on”, and third place went to Kate Caugheys
Mirror walk”.
We held this meeting via Zoom again, which was
good as a number of us were in different locations.
The next meeting will be on the 22 July, where the
subject is golden hour”. The golden hour is the
half hour either side of sunrise or sunset, and
provides lovely lighting.
The Merredin Camera Club welcomes new
members. For more information about the
Merredin Camera Club, please email Kate
Caughey at merredincameraclub@yahoo.com.au
Checking the cropsby Kate Caughey
Sunset skiby Pippa de Lacy
Love being homeby Caryn Adamson
Early morning fogby Karen Slater
YOUR TRADE
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ARIES 21st March—19 April
A lot of things have changed at this time
and family matters have higher priority.
There could be an unresolved issue with a
close family member which you could end
up disagreeing about.
TAURUS 20th April—20th May
This is a time when you are far more sure of
the direction you are going in, even if you
have not yet resolved every issue connected
with finance and security. Feel confident to
move forward.
GEMINI 21st May—20th June
Dealing with friends is more challenging
right now especially with one person in
particular. Someone you get back into
contact with is disappointingly pushy or
aggressive and you will feel hurt by this.
CANCER 21st June—22nd July
There is an intense focus on people in your
life who can be quite dominating, and this
can make you rather moody. There may
also be some pressures in your professional
life, as you are full of new ideas.
LEO 23rd July—22nd August
You are in a quiet and meditative mood.
Your inner life seems more interesting than
what is going on in the outside world. If you
could meditate or go wandering in some
quiet place, you would be quite happy.
VIRGO 23rd August—22nd September
This is a good period for you to re-examine
some interesting ideas you have been
developing. Over the next few weeks you
will thrive being part of a group whose
ideals and dreams you share.
LIBRA 23rd September—22nd October
Potential partners appear on the horizon and
are keen to make contact, even if you are far
away. To form a new relationship at this
time, you would have to do the traveling
though and you may have other priorities
which prevent actually getting together.
SCORPIO 23rd October—21st Nov
You have entered an industrious and hard-
working period when you are motivated to
become stronger through exercise and
healthy habits and keen to get dynamically
involved with colleagues or partners.
SAGITTARIUS 22nd Nov—21st Dec
As this week begins you find yourself in the
middle of an intense process connected with
your money and resources. Make sure you
put time aside for romance and pleasurable
activities with friends.
CAPRICORN 22nd Dec—19th January
At this time a family member tends to stir
things up. You can work well together
initially, but complications can arise later.
This is a good time for building projects or
community engagement.
AQUARIUS 20th January—18th Feb
You are reverting to some negative thinking
patterns. You need to create a solid spiritual
foundation for the success which is sure to
come your way next year. This is the
perfect time for enjoying the good things in
life, like love, children and romance.
PISCES 19th February—20th March
You feel a certain heaviness, which you
may or may not know the cause of. This is
connected with your hopes for the future a
future, which currently you cannot see or
imagine. Keep strong and envision your
dream.
CLASSIFIEDS
Positions Vacant Public Notices
Home Care Support Worker
(Merredin)
Not-for-profit organisation
Various shifts available
Casual position
About the role
Our dedicated and professional Care at Home team
create personalised care packages for Care Partners to
support them to live independently in their own home
- so they can continue to do the things they love.
As a Home Care Support Worker, you will visit the
homes of our clients, to meet their holistic care needs.
The types of supports provided may include personal
care, domestic services and/or daily living supports.
The successful applicant must be willing to travel
distances when required and be available to work
various days.
To be successful in this role you will have:
Certificate III / IV in Home and Community Care
(or similar)
Experience in Community Aged Care or working
with the elderly
Willingness to travel
A roadworthy and registered vehicle and current C
class drivers licence
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Flexibility to work various shifts
The ability to demonstrate empathy with elderly
residents
The ability, and commitment, to uphold high
standards of work
About Catholic Homes
Caring for Western Australians for over 50 years,
Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit
comprehensive aged care provider.
Catholic Homes innovation and proactive approach
to aged care has won us numerous awards including
the Catering Innovation of the Year award and Better
Practice Award for its Circle of Men project.
We have seven Residential Care facilities, with four
located alongside a Retirement Village. Based on the
Montessori principles, our Care with Purposemodel
advocates being active and independent for as long as
possible.
Our Home Care service across Perth and Regional
WA areas is tailored to suit individual needs of those
living in the community. Using the Wellness and
Reablement approach to improve skills and abilities,
this service encourages independence while
remaining in the home.
Catholic Homes is an inclusive organisation
welcoming all faiths and backgrounds.
We offer competitive working conditions, a friendly
and supportive environment and ongoing professional
development.
We pride ourselves on providing a workplace that
reflects our Values of Joy, Love and Hospitality.
To apply
To view this vacancy, please visit our vacancy page
on www.catholichomes.com
For more information regarding this role
please contact Kylie Steele, Executive Manager
Home and Community Care,
on kylie.steele@catholichomes.com
Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP)
Do you have a disability? Care for or
know someone with a disability?
The Shire of Merredin has adopted the Disability
Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2020 2025. The
DAIP furthers the principles and objectives of the
Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993
and is a document that explains the Shire’s
commitment to addressing the issues that
prevent access to services, facilities and events.
An electronic copy of the DAIP can be found on
the Shire of Merredin website
(www.merredin.wa.gov.au). A hard copy in
standard or large print can be obtained at the
Shire of Merredin administration building and is
available upon request in other formats such as in
audio format on cassette or compact disk.
Mark Dacombe
Temporary Chief Executive Officer
Local Government Act 1995
Section 3.58 (Disposing of Property)
The Shire of Merredin gives public notice of its
intention to dispose of property located on
Portion of Lot 200 Barrack Street Merredin by
entering in to a lease agreement with Optus
Mobile Pty Ltd for a period of 20 years
commencing on 19 September 2020 and
expiring on 18 September 2040.
The purpose of the Lease is to enable the
constructing, maintaining and operating of a
telecommunications network.
The Shire of Merredin shall receive an annual
lease fee of $4,500 plus GST with an annual
2.5% increase to the lease fee for the duration
of the lease agreement. A recent market
valuation undertaken by a licensed property
valuer has specified the annual gross rental
value for the portion of the land in question at
$4,500.
Public submissions are invited on the proposed
disposal of the property and should be made in
writing to the Shire of Merredin Temporary
Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 42 MERREDIN
WA 6415 on or before Monday 20
th
July 2020.
Mark Dacombe
Temporary Chief Executive Officer
Merredin Repertory Club AGM Monday 6th
July, 7pm at the Cummins Theatre Tivoli Room.
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Golf
By TREVOR WATERHOUSE
The season opened on Saturday the
23
rd
of May with a Stableford
competition with seven players
participating. The winner of the day
was Captain Alex Manning with 41
points (72 off the stick), Runner up
was Rob Broomhall with 38 points
on a countback from Peter Gerrand.
The novelties for the day were
nearest 3
rd
shot on hole number 1
Rob Gearing, long drive on hole
number 6 Adrian (Leroy) Irving.
nearest the pin on hole number 8
Brian Bush, best 2
nd
shot on hole
number 14 Trevor Waterhouse,
nearest the pin hole number 17 Rob
Broomhall and the longest putt on
hole number 18 Leroy Irving.
A Stableford competition was held
on Saturday the 30
th
May and the
winner was the ever-consistent Rob
Broomhall with 40 points from
runner up Michael Paterson with 37
points and third was Darren ONeil
with 35 points on a countback from
Alex Manning. The novelties for the
day were nearest the pin on hole
number 4 Gary Anderson, best 2
nd
shot on hole number 5 Peter Western
and longest putt on hole number 9
Gary Anderson.
The third week of competition was
Merredin Golf Club
held on the 6
th
of June and was
sponsored by M & W Kitchens. The
winner with 39 Stableford points was
Peter Western and runner up was
Len Jones with 37 points. Third on a
countback was Rob Gearing with 36
points from Darren ONeill.
The novelties for the day were best
third shot on hole number 1 Glenn
Crees, nearest the pin on hole
number 2 Glenn Crees, longest drive
on hole number 6 Peter Western,
nearest the pin on hole number 8
Warren Crook, longest putt on hole
number 10 Syd Crees, best second
shot on hole number 13 Nigel Bush,
best third shot on hole number 16
Peter Western and longest putt on
hole number 18 Syd Crees.
A field of 20 players contested the
Merredin Panel & Paint sponsored
Stableford competition held on
Saturday the 13
th
of June and the
winner with a great score of 41
points (74 off the stick) was Glenn
Crees on a countback from Matt
Motzel. Third was Peter Western
with 40 points.
Novelties for the day were the
longest drive on hole number 3 Jay
Motzel from the Lakelands Golf
Club, long drive on hole number 6
Matt Motzel, the longest putt on hole
number 9 from the edge of the green
Trevor Waterhouse and the nearest
third shot on hole number 16 by
25mm Rob Gearing. The birdie pool
was not won on the first spin so the
prize pool was jackpotted.
Merredin Refrigeration and Gas
sponsored the foursomes
championships played in the
Canadian foursomes format held
over 36 holes on Saturday the 20
th
of
June. The gross winners with rounds
of 78 and 74 for a total of 152 from
Glenn Crees and Trevor Thompson
with 160. The net winners with a
total of 145 net were Rob Gearing
and Shaun Avery and runners up
were Peter Western and Matt
Jacobson with 150 net.
Novelties for the day were nearest
the pin on hole number 2 Shaun
Avery, longest drive on hole number
3 Justin Watts, nearest the pin on
hole number 8 Matt Jacobson,
longest putt on hole number 10
Glenn Crees, best second shot on
hole number 12 Justin Watts and the
best second shot on hole number 14
Matt Jacobson. The jackpotted
birdie pool for hole number 13 was
shared by Adrian Irving, Nigel Bush,
Peter Western and Matt Jacobson.
A field of 24 players competed in the
Stableford competition held on
Saturday the 27
th
of June that was
sponsored by Merredin Toyota and
was won by Nigel Bush with 43
points, runner up was Rob Gearing
with 41 points (a 1 under 71 off the
stick), third was Matt Jacobson with
39 points and fourth was Lionel
Price with 36 points. Two new
golfers who dont have an official
handicap as yet recorded good
scores, Ashley Sharp with 40 points
and Michael Sharp with 37 points.
The novelties for the day were best
third shot on hole number 3 Alby
Koper, nearest the pin on hole
number 4 Peter Gerrand, longest
drive on hole number 6 and nearest
the pin on hole number 8 Justin
Watts, the longest putt on hole
number 9 Alex Manning, best third
shot on hole number 11 Matt
Jacobson, best second shot on hole
number 13 Justin Watts and nearest
the pin on hole number 17 Jim
Coleman. The birdie pool was hole
number 6 and was shared between
Lionel Price, Justin Watts, Rob
Gearing and Michael Sharp.
The fixture for Saturday the 4
th
of
July is a stroke round for the
Gowers Glazing trophy and
Saturday the 11
th
of July is the State
Wide Oils two person Ambrose.