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Price: $2.00 Inside this ISSUE Friday, December 3rd 2021 PHONE: 9041 1041 Chrissy Up Keller Page 5 COVID-19 WA Statistics As at 29 November 2021 Tested 1,947,634 Confirmed Cases 1,121 Recovered 1,109 Deaths 9 Active cases in WA 3 COVID-19 in Australia Vaccinations 39,201,853 (92.4%) Fully Vaccinated 17,938,056 (87%) WA—Cases 1,121—Deaths 9 ACT—Cases 2,124 —Deaths 14 NSW—Cases 81,499—Deaths 625 NT—Cases 288—Deaths 0 QLD—Cases 2,125—Deaths 7 SA—Cases 932—Deaths 4 TAS—Cases 239—Deaths 13 VIC—Cases 120,814—Deaths 1,325 Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia Merredin Mayhem 2021 Page 10 By JANE PATRONI, Chairperson Merredin Railway Museum Despite a forecast predicted of a hot 35 degrees, a crowd gathered at Merredin’s Railway Station on Monday 29 November to welcome and celebrate 50 years of continuous and efficient service of the Prospector train. Many guests included former railway employees for whom Merredin had been part of the advancement of their careers and home to their families. The air was full of laughter and the regaling of tales as colleagues and friends rekindled friendships and recounted experiences of previous times. The oldest former railway employee to join the celebrations was local resident, Frank Playforth (95) who believed the days of steam, though hard, were unequalled. Former district traffic superintendent Brian Gale recalled some of the happenings around Merredin that may best be left unreported! Many others had decided to take the opportunity to spend some extra time in Merredin and came a day earlier to catch up with friends. The crossover of the two trains was timely, with TransWA driver Gavin, giving the assembled group a couple Prospector—Happy 50th Birthday of extra whistles. Train crews were given a “goodie box” and passengers, a commemorative bookmark in recognition of the occasion. With the departure of the trains the official duties commenced. Jane Patroni (Chair) welcomed everyone, gave an Acknowledgement of Country and introduced the speakers. Hon Darren West MLC outlined the developments occurring in passenger rail transport. Ms Lindsey White (Operational Manager TransWA) acknowledged the importance of the Prospector (Continued on page 3) Hon Mia Davies MLA, Jane Patroni, Chair Railway Museum, Shire of Merredin President Mark McKenzie, Past President and Patron of Railway Museum, Gloria Banks, Lindsey White, TransWA and Hon Darren West MLC

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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 THE PHOENIX Produced fortnightly 110 Barrack Street, Merredin Ph: 9041 1041 Fax: 9041 1042 Deadlines (A WEEK BEFORE ISSUE DATE) Arcles: 5pm Wednesday Adverts: Booking 5pm Thursday Copy nalised 11am Friday Classieds: 10am Monday Contact 9041 1041 Content/producon—Kirsty Rochford administraon@merredincrc.com Content/producon—Debbie Morris merredin@crc.net.au Adversing— markeng@merredincrc.com Upcoming Edions 17th December 2021 14th & 28th January 2022 (New format) Available as an online subscripon www.phoenixnews.com.au Currently distribung @ 600 copies to Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin, Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin, Trayning & Westonia. Have your Say Kylie Powell: Thumbs Up and huge thank you to whoever had the foresight years ago to plant Jacaranda trees along the highway and up the High School Road. It is a beautiful drive through town.. Jess Lloyd - Sitting around the pool all day . Cheryl Price - Sitting around a festive table with family, sitting under the tree giving gifts. Angel Wise - Eating with family. Ellie Andrews - Drinking Baileys with loved ones. Heather Giles - Family all together. What is your favourite Christmas tradition? Jill Tennant: Thumbs Up and congratulations CRC! How kind to put on such a wonderful entertainment and delicious food (Seniors Luncheon). Christine Carew-Hopkins: Thumbs Up to Merredin CRC, Merredin College Choir and Students and Elton John for the Seniors Luncheon. Debbie Morris: Thumbs Up to Kellerberrin, the Christmas Trees along the main street, look fantastic.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 3 service to the people of the wheatbelt communities. Mr Mark McKenzie (Shire President) stated the Shire’s position on ensuring that a lobby for improved station facilities would be maintained. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous morning tea prepared by the ever-capable CRC staff with the added bonus of the locally made, prize winning quiches, jelly cakes, scones and pikelets! Without doubt, the coup of the event was the display of the original Prospector model, kindly on loan from Rail Heritage Bassendean. Local lady Kath Brown, gave a loud gasp (priceless!) when she saw it, evoking memories of her years as a stewardess on the train prior to meeting and marrying Chris. I’m sure she could tell a few stories if she chose! The model is currently housed in the Refreshment Room at the Museum. It is certainly worth a look. The beautifully iced birthday cake was cut by Gloria Banks, former Merredin Shire President, Patron and former President of our Railway Museum. Both she and her husband (Continued from page 1) Prospector—Happy 50th Birthday cont. Joe were instrumental in lobbying for the preservation of the old Railway Station buildings which were set for demolition with the commencement of the standard gauge. Rosemary and Jim Lambert were a welcome presence, both having done so much in the early days of the building restoration. The hard work and vision of those early committee members has resulted in a great historical tribute to railway history in Merredin which today is enjoyed both locally and globally. After the official proceedings, guests were invited to visit the Railway Museum. These success of these occasions does not happen without good community support. The members of the Merredin Railway Museum acknowledge and thank: • Deb and her crew at the CRC for their assistance in planning and catering; • The wonderful Men’s Shed for organising equipment, setting/packing up the outside venue; • Karen and Mike at the Railway Station for giving us open access to the facility; • Philippa Rogers (President Rail Heritage) for granting permission for the model to come to Merredin; • Deb and Martin Morris for arranging and transporting the Prospector model from Rail Heritage Bassendean to Merredin and Louis Alberti for the use of his trailer; • Shire of Merredin, TransWA, Hon Rita Safiotti (Minister for Transport, Planning and Ports); • Hon Darren West MLC, Hon Mia Davies MLA; • Karen Manning – for making the Birthday cake. It was delicious; • All our wonderful community cooks who baked an array of goodies; • Tracey McWilliam (Merredin Flowers and Gifts) who filled our helium balloons at no charge; • Our guests and former railway workers/families who travelled to Merredin; • Our great Merredin community who turned up to share the Birthday celebrations; and • Finally our small but dedicated Railway Museum Team of Volunteers. If anyone is interested in joining the Railway Museum group, please East and West Prospectors crossing at Merredin Prospector50th Birthday Cake made by Karen Manning Past train drivers Aub Tompkin, Graeme Alp and Brian Gale John Wearmouth, Philippa Rogers and Brian Williams from Rail Heritage

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4 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Court Report 15th November 2021 Perth Central Law Courts Marcus Hayden appeared on a charge of common assault. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 6th December 2021. Kyle Brown appeared on charges of no authority to drive (disqualified from holding or obtaining), and reckless driving. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 13th December 2021. Joondalup Courthouse Kevin Abbott plead not guilty on a charge of threats to injure, endanger or harm any person. He was remanded to appear in Joondalup on the 24th November 2021. 16th November 2021 Perth Courthouse William Riley plead not guilty to charges of assault public officer, unlawfully assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation, being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear, criminal damage or destruction of property, and unlawful wounding. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 7th December 2021. 18th November 2021 Bunbury Courthouse Jimayne Williams plead not guilty to a charge of unlawfully assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation. He was remanded to appear in Bunbury on the 29th November 2021. 19th November 2021 Midland Courthouse Jayden Fanning plead guilty to charges of without lawful excuse trespassed on a place and stealing. He was remanded to appear in Midland on the 2nd June 2022. Mandurah Courthouse Reece Meekins was scheduled to appear. He failed to appear. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. 22nd November 2021 Bunbury Courthouse Sean Munns appeared on charges of burglary and commit, and stealing. He was remanded to appear in Bunbury on the 20th December 2021. Northam Courthouse Craig Thompson plead not guilty to a charge of common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation, and two charges each of unlawfully assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation, and breach of protective bail conditions. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 29th November 2021. David Hatch plead guilty to charges of gains benefit by fraud, and stealing as a public servant. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 31st January 2022. 23rd November 2021 Merredin Courthouse Michelle Abrahams plead not guilty to a charge of reckless driving. The matter was adjourned to appear in Merredin on the 21st December 2021. Sharon Downes was convicted on charges of exceed 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood, and no authority to drive (expired). She had her licence suspended for 9 months, fined $1450 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. George Hahn was convicted on a charge of possess a prohibited drug (cannabis). He was fined $600 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Yasmin Hayden appeared on a charge of common assault. She was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 7th December 2021. Tamika Kickett was convicted on a charge of no authority to drive – suspended (other than fines suspension). She had her licence suspended for 9 months, fined $400 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Dylan Kitson was scheduled to appear at Merredin Courthouse on charges of no authority to drive – cancelled, and did drive (or attempt to drive) a motor vehicle on a public road with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.02g. He failed to appear and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Stevyn Lawrence was convicted on charges of possess a prohibited drug (cannabis), possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant, possessed a prohibited weapon, and possess a prohibited drug (MDMA). He was fined $1200 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Benjamin Lee was convicted on a charge of drove a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He had his licence suspended for 10 months, was fined $1700 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Jamie McCarthy appeared on a charge of reckless driving. The matter was adjourned to appear in Merredin on the 7th December 2021. Clinton Murray plead not guilty to charges of common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation, breach of protective bail conditions, and impeded another person’s normal breathing or blood circulation by applying pressure to neck. He was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 21st December 2021. Julie Petersen was convicted on a charge of failed to comply with requirements made by a member of the police force. She had her licence suspended for 6 months, was fined $600 and ordered to pay costs of $251.50. Alicia Regan was convicted on charges of stealing, cultivate a prohibited plant, and possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant. She was fined $800 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Tevita Taumalolo was convicted on three charges of criminal damage or destruction of property, two charges of disorderly behaviour in public, and one charge of re-enter licensed premises within 24hrs. He received a 6 months suspended imprisonments order, suspended for 10 months, was fined $1200 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Tremaine Ward was convicted on a charge of common assault. He received a 6 months community based order. Robert Wynne appeared on five charges of possessed child exploitation material. He was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 21st December 2021. Wayne Green was convicted on a charge of breach of protective bail conditions and plead not guilty to charges of threats to injure, endanger or harm any person, and impeded another person’s normal breathing or blood circulation by applying pressure to neck, two counts of unlawfully assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation, and three counts of common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 7th January 2022. Allan Hayden appeared on charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawfully assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation, plead guilty to 22 counts of breached a family violence restraining order, and convicted on a charge of breach of protective bail conditions. He was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 7 December 2021.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 5 My Thoughts Jessie Johnson Why is Christmas so commercial?! Deck the halls it’s that time of year again. Christmas means something different to every person, and so it should, we are a multi-cultural and free thinking race. I guess it depends on how we experienced Christmas as children, what we loved or hated about those old days of celebrating the special day shapes how we spread the cheer now. I don’t want to offend anyone with my thoughts on this however, year after year Jesus’s birthday bash seems to take on more and more fanfare. The more I look around at the shops, at the under-the-pump stressed-out people and at the preparations that go into this one day, I just think why and when did Christmas become so bloody commercial? This is not about the “right way” to celebrate Christmas – do you? This is about taking a deep breath, stepping back and asking ourselves, do we really need five different meats at Christmas lunch? Do all of our nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles need a haphazardly chosen token gift? The Christmas cost (which is way more than a financial cost) is what I am calling into question. Why waste your time and hard earned money on gifts that will most probably become landfill? Secret Santa or IOUs are a fun way to keep gift giving around but without a lot of expense and time. There are other ways to do things just think outside the box and be the laziest version of yourself. My biggest issue with a contemporary Chrissie is the waste that it causes. Time poor people, cash poor people throw up your hands and revolt, you will be surprised how easily you can make changes to old traditions without causing all hell to break loose. Everyone has their own traditions and Christmas specialties, if they make you happy and bring the family and friends together then that is the main thing. If you dread the arrival of December and all the preparations, shopping, cleaning and cooking that Christmas has become synonymous with, then pair it right back, buy one gift and share the cooking load around – also just a heads up we live in Australia and Christmas falls in summer where there is no snow and certainly no need for a full roast dinner spread – unless this is what you want! I guess the gist is celebrate the day with all those that you love and dispense with the over the top present giving and commercialised crud. Wishing everyone a safe and festive season (however this looks to you and yours!!) ‘Chrissy Up Keller’ By JANINE JONES Christmas came to Kellerberrin early last Friday night, 26th November. A four month campaign led by 2 local ladies, Jean Walker and Janine Jones, to “Chrissy Up Keller”, culminated in a Twilight Market held at Centenary Park in Leake Street, Kellerberrin. During the week, Janine and Jean with the help of some of the local residents, decorated the main street of Kellerberrin with Christmas Trees decorated by the children at the local school. Many of these trees and decorations had been donated by the citizens of Kellerberrin, or purchased from fundraising events also held by the two ladies. Leake Street was closed to local traffic from 3pm until 9pm so that residents and visitors could wander amongst the 30 plus stalls set up along the street. The park had been decorated with yet more Christmas Trees and lights with some of them spilling across the road to decorate “Roshana” Frail Aged Home, much to the delight of the residents there. People who attended the Markets were treated to Live Music provided by Frank Morley, Peter Mitchell and Ben Chandler and an array of beautifully prepared food. Santa and Mrs Claus arrived on a beautiful sleigh and joined in the party at around 7pm with loads of lollies for the kids and flowers for the Stall Holders and ladies. They also visited the residents at “Roshana”as they left, leaving residents delighted with their unexpected visitors.

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6 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Merredin Christmas Twilight Markets By ANASTASIA EASTWICK, Markets Coordinator, Merredin CRC Christmas came a little early this year at the Merredin Community Resource Centre. Due to a range of other events on the scheduled 26 November date for the Merredin Markets, the CRC brought the Twilight Markets forward a week, to Friday 19 November. The CRC came alive on night with heaps of stalls, a bar, sausage sizzle, donuts, Wheatbelt Coffee Time, Creamy Cow Soft Serve and MJ’s Food Van which provided heaps of Christmas shopping bargains and a huge variety of what to have for dinner! The crowds were entertained by the live music played by The Rat Rods, free face painting for the kids and kids at heart done by the very talented Sheree Lowe, fun train rides on the Merredin Men’s Shed train, Merredin St John Ambulance, Merredin Police and of course Santa and his helpers, who were very popular with the younger ones. Christmas lights were put up to brighten up the pace and to get everyone in the festive spirit. Stalls were set up inside the CRC and on the lawn. The variety of stalls was fantastic which gave people a great range of items to choose from and put in their orders for Christmas. It was great to see all the regular stallholders including Scentsy, Arbonne, Nature Direct, Sow Seeds of Wellness, Lutum Designs, Grant with his bottles, Geoff from Merredin Worm & Compost Farm, Annette with her crafts and cards, Pam and her knitted crafts, Pauline, Shona & Vicki with all their second-hand goods and plants. We were very happy to invite some new stallholders, Simone’s Homemade Candles and More, Boom Shanti, Raffles & Lucky Dips, Henty View Wines, Leasa & Corry. Both of Merredin’s Schools had fundraising stalls, St Mary’s School P & F selling show bags and Merredin College P & C selling their Funky Socks. The Merredin CRC would like to say a huge thank you to the local business (Wheatbelt Tech Supplies, Two Dogs Home Hardware, Merredin Flowers and Gifts, Nextra Merredin, Go Mad Discount Store and Café 56) who donated items to the Market Raffles we were blown away with the support we received! The Market Raffles help up raise money to continue building the markets bigger and better, and being able to pay for extra entertainment for the community such as the free face painting. The lucky winners of the raffles were Sandra Pobke, Christine Crew-Hopkins, Debbie Morris and Kat White. There was a guess the number of lollies in the Jar which was won by Tyler Westberg. While on the topic of Raffles, the Merredin Show had a fire pit being raffled off on the night, which was made by Clayton Murray. It was very popular and the lucky winner was Robyn Hutchings. Overall it was a great night out, a night that would not have been possible without all the hard work put into it from all the staff and volunteers of the Merredin CRC. Once again we have to thank the Merredin Men’s Shed for the wonderful work they do setting up and packing up (and supporting the bar), the individual volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to help cook sausages, make donuts and serve at the CRC food stall. Last of all Markets aren’t Markets without stallholders and people, so another thank you goes to everyone who came to enjoy the night and helped to make the markets a success. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at our next Twilight Market in February 2022.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 7 A modern take on travelling by train Tales from the Train By LADY RANTHAM ‘That Person’ This time, I was THAT PERSON! I called our local takeaway so it would be ready by the time my train arrives, and as I made our order, the bloke in front of me almost choked on his chewing gum. I really have to learn the relevant *number* for Habibi's order, so I never again have to shatter the cloistered silence of the late Friday afternoon train to utter the words "I want a Hot and Spicy Box ...." ‘The Defensive Donation.’ On any average work day, I walk a block to work. One city block. In reality, I have to successfully negotiate an obstacle course fraught with approximately 14 people who want my money. It is a socially accepted form of demanding money by menaces. The grown up attempt to get your lunch money. From the homeless, the "homeless", the opportunistic, to about four earnest backpackers with clipboards. And occasionally, hidden amongst this densely packed jungle, the delicate blossom of a genuine charity. This morning, like many mornings, there were sincere looking people with tins and stickers. This is one of the good ones. You get a sticker as a sort of shield, to protect you from future attacks from other members of their herd. Imagine my dismay to find the too-perky-for-this-early of my Defensive Donation was out of stickers! So I faced the eternal conundrum of a tri-forked path. Do I simper at the unending crowd lining the street, constantly cringing and mouthing "I already gave!" to their disbelieving glares? Or do I find the nearest tin-brandisher WITH stickers and donate again? Or do I march my luckless captor over to their sticker-hoarding compatriot and demand my rightful protection? A conundrum indeed! ‘Really dude?” If you feel the need to tactfully angle your screen away from me, you should not be watching that on the train dude. Seriously. By VANESSA WITTSTOCK On the 16th November the Narembeen CRC hosted the 2021 Seniors Luncheon as part of the monthly Morning Coffee Club activities. Over 100 people from Narembeen as well as Bruce Rock, Kondinin, Corrigin, Nungarin and Hyden enjoyed the luncheon catered for by local lady Alex Holland. Entertainment was international pianist Al Pither and the Diamond and Minelli Show. This luncheon was proudly sponsored by the Department of Communities. A big THANK YOU to everyone involved! A special thank you to my staff Georgia, Savannah and Susy Padfield who spend till late Monday night setting up for the luncheon. Thank you also to stall holders—Jordan Sprigg, Rachael from Champers Candles, Arbonne with Fabienne, Creations by Jane Drag, Three-0-Two and Holyoake for donating there time and providing some local Christmas shopping opportunities to all attendees. Thank you to Three-0-Two and Fabienne from Arbonne for donating the door prizes for the day and to the Narembeen Club and their staff and committee members for letting us host the luncheon at the wonderful facilities free of charge and their help and support before and on the day. It was a great day enjoyed by many! Narembeen Seniors Lunch

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8 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Library Musings By WENDY PORTER, Merredin Regional Librarian If you were asked, could you list all that the Merredin Library has to offer? Yes, we have adult and junior books, fiction and non-fiction, DVDs audiobooks, large print and young adult books, but did you know we had the following? Languages Other than English (LOTE) are as they sound - items not in English. Presently, the Merredin Library has books in Afrikaans, Italian and Chinese. Library staff can also supply books in Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Czech, Dutch, Egyptian, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and many more. Just ask staff for assistance. E-Books are also available in multiple languages. Did you know that the Merredin Library has a number of old newspapers on microfilm? The Australian National Library is digitalizing many old newspapers and making them searchable online through Trove, however, the Merredin Mercury is only available until 1954 online. Whilst the film scanner cannot print an article, you can take a photo with your phone – or do the search here in Merredin and go to the State Library in Perth to obtain a digital copy. Do you play an instrument? Did you know that the Merredin Library has a number of books of music scores? We have a range of genres, from 1940’s big band scores, to the best of ABBA, Bob Dylan, Broadway musicals, songs from movies including Disney, to greats such as Queen and Sesame Street. There is music for piano, violin, and guitar. Come in today and have a look! Library members have FREE access to a raft of e-resources, all available from home 24/7. Whether you join as a full member or just as an e-member, membership is also free. Library staff can even deliver books to Merredin residents who are home-bound. Call the Library for details. The Library staff are always happy to help members find what they need. If the Merredin Library doesn’t have what you need, ask staff for help – or make a suggestion for something to be purchased for the library. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 9 Grug! By JAMES CORBY It’s a rare thing for an Australian to make it on Broadway - especially when that Australian happens to be a puppet. It’s even rarer for a Broadway superstar to go on a whirlwind Western Australian regional tour. But after touring the globe and performing to thousands on Broadway, where he was hailed as “the Elmo of downunder” by The New York Times, Ted Prior’s beloved picture-book character Grug brought Cummins Theatre to life thanks to Windmill Theatre Company’s magical stage adaptation. A crowd of more than 160 people were entertained by Grug with students from Merredin College, St Mary’s School, Bruce Rock District High School plus families from across the region visiting Cummins Theatre to see the beloved character come to life before their very eyes, helping him as he built his burrow, tended to his garden, learned to dance, and tangled with his friend Cara the Carpet Snake. Featuring an ingenious set by Windmill’s resident designer Jonathon Oxlade, audiences were magically transported to Grug’s world through expressive puppetry and Windmill’s trademark storytelling for young audiences. Grug and his cast brought tears of laughter and non-stop enjoyment to the crowd, with high-fives and smiles from the children in attendance as they left Cummins Theatre. Grug will be doing a short run of dates in surrounding towns before jetting off to the Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited season. Associations Information Statement BY DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION Associations and clubs are required to submit an information statement to Consumer Protection every year. This statement confirms the association is still active, eligible to be incorporated and has held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Consumer Protection and Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), have entered into a streamlined reporting arrangement from the 30 June 2020 reporting period. Associations that are also charities registered with ACNC no longer need to report directly to Consumer Protection. This exemption is available where the association completes the ACNC’s information statement and includes the following: • the association’s registration number (IARN) (referred to as incorporated association number); • provides the date that its AGM was held; and • confirms whether the association has more than six members with voting rights. Associations still need to provide an information statement directly to Consumer Protection if: • one or more of the questions are not answered; • the IARN is omitted or inaccurately reported. Note: Associations who are part of a reporting group with the ACNC will still be required to lodge a separate information statement with Consumer Protection. The exemption is not retrospective and associations will need to provide separate Information Statements to Consumer Protection and the ACNC for financial years ending before 30 June 2020. Incorporated associations must also continue to notify Consumer Protection of any changes to its name, rules (also referred to as the constitution), status and contact addresses. Information statements must be submitted within six (6) months after the end of an association’s financial year. Associations and clubs can choose their own financial year so the due date for submitting the statement may differ between groups.

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10 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Merredin Mayhem 2021 By BRAD ANDERSON Saturday November 20 Cummins Theatre descended into Mayhem, visiting from Perth. New Horizon Professional Wrestling took control and put on a show to remember. A seven-match card gave 3 hours. of nonstop action with some familiar faces returning to Cummins along with some new ones. The night kicked off with WAR-pro wrestler defeating TYE GRAYSON with a devastating power bomb. This was WAR’s first appearance for the night returning later for a triple threat title match. Second up was the crowd favorite Cannon Connors, unfortunately he was defeated by Orion James after a visit to the ring by Salem Sixx. His interference gave James the win by submission. With our local hero yet to come, one of our southern neighbours, Corrigin’s own Jack Carlisle made his appearance up against returning, Creek Murdoch. He survived some heavy hits. Murdoch’s attention turned to local College Principal taunting him and his town. After this the Principal rallied the crowd and climbed up to the ropes. Murdoch falling for these distractions got rolled up and pinned to give Jack a victory in front of family and friends. Now for the heavy weights, Jedediah took on Tommihana Kaiser, impact after impact blow after blow these two hammered each other all over the room, into the barriers, steps it didn’t matter. Finally ending in a double count out after the two were last seen battling to the backstage, where only Alice knows what ended up. The final match of the night was between team members Rory Holms and Lena Cross. Lena thought she had this match all sorted but Rory changed the agreement and got an unexpected win infuriating Lena. With this the bad guys stormed to the ring from backstage to deal with Rory, with 7 to one it didn’t look good. With that the cavalry arrived lead by TJ Maxx and Cannon Connors. They cleared the ring sending the angry mob packing. After some words of thanks, the night was over. A packed-out room was returned to its normal setting awaiting its next performance. Many thanks to James Corby for helping with all things Cummins, Cynthia and her team from Dimensions Café for the evenings catering. New Horizon Professional Wrestling would like to thank all its performers and the people of Merredin for making this happen. With borders opening next year there is a chance they may be back sooner this time, ‘like’ their Facebook page for upcoming events, Merredin Mayhem 3, To be continued

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 11 Merredin Senior Centre Receive $500 Grant By HEATHER GILES Merredin Commonwealth Bank Manager Mr Pedro Cruz visited the Merredin Senior Centre morning tea on Thursday 25 November to present the Centre with a Community Grant cheque for $500. Margaret Dalton accepted the cheque on behalf of the Committee. The funds will be used to enhance the centre - possibly with a Notice Board out the front for the Seniors be able to see what is on in the Centre and around town. Everyone in attendance at morning tea showed their appreciation to Pedro and the Bank with a round of applause. Commonwealth Bank Manager Pedro Cruz and Margaret Dalton from the Senior Centre

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12 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 By JULIE TOWNROW It is with pleasure that I note we have a few more carers joining our little group, and how good our last get together was, with little bits of our stories shared and the learning and understanding that comes from listening to the stories others have to share, again I am amazed at the resilience and dedication of those who care for family members. For most of us, we have support from NDIS or from MyAgedCare, Home Care Packages. Over the past couple of months, I have become very aware that there is a lack of information and or understanding of what help may be available if you are the person responsible for caring for a family member or friend who has a disability, or illness where personal care and or maintaining a reasonable standard of care in their home is not achievable, for a variety of reasons. Depending on what services you require, a good place to start is by contacting Eastern Wheatbelt Primary Health Service WA Country Health Service – Wheatbelt Phone: (08) 9081 3222 Kitchener Road Merredin WA 6415. Ask to speak to the, Social Worker, or Wheatbelt Community Care Service regarding in home help and Meals on Wheels. These services would be beneficial as the precursor to starting the process for either NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) or HCP (Home Care Package, through MyAgedCare, and while there may be different ways to access these services, I believe the best place to start is with your family Doctor, who would give you a referral for an ACAT assessment (aged care assessment) which is an assessment organised by an Aged Care Assessment Team and is required for a person who needs to be approved for Government-funded services including; a nursing home (aged care home), home care, residential aged care, transition care or respite care. If you are Computer Savvy, there is a plethora of information on line you can visit https://www.myagedcare.gov.au or https://www.ndis.gov.au However, there is so much information and unless you know what precisely you are looking for you could be stuck at the desk for a week, trying to digest it all. Some of the information is written in what I refer to a ‘Now-Speak’, which bears little or no resemblance to the language we remember from our days at school, and I seem to have to read an article several times before I have it in my head in understandable text, I find so much is ambiguous and can easily be misinterpreted. Unless you are proficient at today’s written text, I would still recommend the Family Doctor is the best place to ask for a referral for an ACAT assessment or Medical records which are required to commence the NDIS journey. Because the two systems, NDIS and MyAgedCare are quite different in their application, with NDIS an outcome based system where programmes are set and measured in anticipation of stimulation and improved beneficial outcomes for the client, hoping to ultimately achieve integration into the community by upskilling, while this is not always possible, and the service is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction, providing a greater understanding of some of the limitations when dealing with disabilities, I would rather refer to as special needs, because in some instances, where it is by birth right, some people don’t consider they are disabled, rather they have needs that are different. An annual budget is submitted for consideration and based on approved needs is funded according to needs, as assessed. MyAgedCare, as it suggests is for people over 65,(or 50+ for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) who find their diminished capacity limits their ability to do the things needed to remain safe living at home, unlike NDIS which is based on individual care needs. Through My Aged Care, Home Care Packages are available from level one, mild care needs, up to a Level four for High Care needs. The client has many choices in how they arrange their care needs which may include but are not limited to in home personal care, showering, meal preparation, cleaning plus. community support, transport to medical appointments, shopping, outings. garden help. equipment provision, some medical supply provision and some home modification to allow a safe home environment. Funds are allocated monthly and HCP recipients are unable to “spend” more than their monthly allocation, but are able to accumulate funds in the HCP Countdown to Christmas 22 days Carers Corner account to purchase, for instance mobility equipment. Once a funding package is allocated (either NDIS or HCP), there are many providers to sift through to find the ‘service’ that best suits you. There are differing ‘cost of doing business’ issues, and some fees are charged differently, however, there would be no denying that every provider will need to recoup the cost of Employment, Insurance, Transport, Office and Administration costs. Some providers only offer Personal home and community support, while others provide equipment and modification support. While it is great to say we have a choice, there are times that we are so close to the ‘coal front’ that the time it takes to sort through all the choices can be daunting. This is where I find great value in the Carer Group get togethers, where we all know a little bit, and when we put each bit together, we learn quite a lot. I find there is a wealth of knowledge in the room when we get together and since we are all in the same boat, it is great to share. It’s a bit like throwing out a lifeline from time to time. As a Group, we have chosen to meet on the third TUESDAY of each month, as that day accommodates more people, if you are able to join us, please do. We meet at Dimensions Cafe at 10am and generally wind up at around 11.30, a beverage is provided for each Carer registered with Carers WA. If anyone has any questions about seeking services, I do understand a fair amount of how the system works and where you need to go to get the help you need, so if you are finding it all a bit confusing and you are not sure where to turn, I am available most times to offer some assistance, please ask as I have access to the web and would be happy to provide printed information if you require it. Carers can find support at Carergateway.gov.au or by calling 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday 8am-5pm. Or for a point in the right direction phone me on 0429411377, leave me a message as I don’t often answer if I don’t recognise the number in case it is another scammer trying to get something from me that is not their business to have.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 13 Secondary Volleyball Specialist Teams Compete in Beach Volleyball Cup!! From the History Room Students made their own ties for the occasion, had a special meeting in the board room to discuss ‘Are donuts better than cupcakes? and everyone got to sit at the Principal’s desk!! Pre-primary Rewards day was ‘To be Principal for a day’ By ANITA METCALF, Merredin Library The following snippets appeared in the local DECEMBER newspapers of the time. 10th, 1953: Tomorrow’s “Guest of the Week” on 6MD’s Merredin Radio Magazine will be the winner of the Swimming Pool Queen Contest, Miss Merle Locke. The program airs at 12.15pm. 27th, 1962: Gribbles specials – 6oz Vegemite 2/9 ($0.28), Bushells Tea 2/9 ($0.28), 14oz Milo Tonic Food 4/3 ($0.43), 16oz Heinz Baked Beans 1/8 ($0.17), 2oz Instant Nescafe Coffee 3/9 ($0.38), 3lb Sunshine Milk 11/3 ($1.12). 27th, 1962: Merredin’s Golf Club’s new commodious and well-appointed clubhouse, was officially opened by Mr G.F. Telfer on Saturday afternoon, is an acquisition to the town’s architecture. 12th, 1979: Back to Collgar Tennis Club reunion on December 8 was a scene of activity after a silence of 7 years when 80 ex-players and residents of Collgar came together. 17th, 1980: A minor tremor was felt in Cadoux last Wednesday registering 4.7 on the Richter Scale. 24th, 1980: Category 2 of the Tidy Towns Competition, town with population below 1,000, was won by Koolyanobbing on 89 points, followed by Koorda equal second on 88 points with Gingin. 24th, 1980: Telfer & Carson Limited Offer - $650 off Commodore Vacationer! Normal price: Sedan $9,814, Wagon $10,230, Vacationer Special Sedan $9,164. Price includes mudflaps, freight and delivery costs in Merredin. 19th, 1990: Two way CB radios which were a rare sight in the bush 10 years ago are now seen by many farmers as an essential piece of farm equipment. 80% of farmers said they were important for day-to-day operations, safety and general convenience.

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14 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Long Exposure Camera Club Meeting By GRANT STAINER “Long exposure” was the theme for the November meeting of the Merredin Camera Club, and there were a range of different ideas and styles that were used. Long exposure photos are where the shutter is open for a longer period of time and it is therefore not possible to handhold the camera. Fourteen photos filled the theme section this month, and another 14 photos filled the open section. The judge this month was Veana Scott. In the theme section, Ms Scott awarded gold to Karen Slater’s “Hiding Moon” and “Brisbane at Christmas” photos. Silver was awarded to Kate Caughey’s “Mouldboard” and “Busso lightning” photos as well as Julie Alvaro’s “Grand old farm house”. Bronze was awarded to Glen Riethmuller’s “Windmill and dog” and Grant Stainer’s “Milky Way”. In the open section, gold was awarded to Julie Alvaro’s “Freshly baled”. Silver was awarded to Karen Slater’s “Rainy afternoon” and Julie Alvaro’s “Windy day at Hart’s”. Bronze was awarded to Karen Slater’s “Kalbarri surfer”, Lorraine Ryan’s “Gum tree”, Kate Caughey’s “Lavender”, and Glen Riethmuller’s “Gotta go love” and “Railway station”. Ms Scott highlighted the importance of cropping photos properly to improve composition. Club members voted somewhat similarly to the judge in both the theme and open sections. In the theme section, first place went to Kate Caughey’s “Mouldboard”. Second place went to Kate Caughey’s “Busso lightning” and third place went to Karen Slater’s “Hiding Moon”. In the club member’s open section voting, first place went to Karen Slater’s “Kalbarri surfer”. Equal second place went to Glen Riethmuller’s “Gotta go love” and Julie Alvaro’s “Freshly baled”. Equal third place went to Karen Slater’s “Rainy afternoon” and Kate Caughey’s “Lavender”. The next meeting is scheduled for December, where the subject will be “symmetry”, which should be an interesting subject. The Merredin Camera Club welcomes new members. For more information about the Merredin Camera Club, please email Kate Caughey at merredincameraclub@yahoo.com.au Mouldboard Photo by Kate Caughey Freshly Baled Photo by Julie Alvaro Hiding Moon Photo by Karen Slater Goa go love Photo by Glen Riethmuller

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 15 Buddy Reading Our Year Two and Kindergarten students have been meeting regularly this term to share the love of reading with each other.

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18 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Have Your Say on Faulty Caravans By Bouyden McKenzie, Senior Regional Officer, Consumer Protection Caravan holidays are experiencing a resurgence in WA, as ongoing travel restrictions have convinced us to spend more time exploring our own backyard. If you’ve recently purchased a new recreational vehicle, hopefully you were able to hit the open-road with minimal fuss. But if not, you’re being urged to provide feedback on possible consumer law issues in the industry. Consumer Protection has received at least 296 complaints about the purchase of new caravans and camper trailers over the last five years, with most issues related to unsatisfactory products, defective goods and warranties. National figures are significantly higher, with upwards of 1,300 complaints received by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over the same period, with common complaints involving retailers selling new caravans that do not meet consumer guarantees, as well as faults leading to disputes between manufacturers and retailers about which party is responsible for the cost of repairs. The ACCC is inviting consumers and industry members to participate in a 15-minute survey about the issues they have had with their caravans and their experience in trying to get their concerns fixed. The feedback will help inform the ACCC’s future work, including possible enforcement action. The purchaser survey focuses on the sales process and whether consumers had any subsequent faults with their caravans, and, if so, whether they were able to have these resolved under the manufacturer’s warranty or the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) consumer guarantees. The importance of customers receiving accurate information about their consumer rights was highlighted in the Federal Court earlier this year, when caravan manufacturer Jayco was fined $75,000 for misleading a customer about their entitlement to a remedy. As a result of the ACCC-instigated proceedings, the court found a consumer had been misled when they were told they could only have their caravan repaired, when in fact they were entitled to a refund or replacement under the ACL. The 15-minute purchaser and retailer surveys are available at the ACCC consultation hub at www.consultation.accc.gov.au and will remain open until 10 December 2021.

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20 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 BEAUTICIAN CARPENTER PEST CONTROL now does steam carpet cleaning/shampooing and upholstery cleaning Call Graeme on 0458 391 232 CARPET CLEANING SARAH SOMERS LAWYER Family Law – Divorce – Separation - Property Settlement – Defacto Relationships Children’s Issues – Contact/Residence Competitive hourly rates – Reduced fee for Initial Consultation Serving the Wheatbelt Community 85 Fitzgerald St, Northam 9622 9687 / 0427 725 501 sarahsomers@iinet.net.au LAWYER LAWYER AWD ENTERPRISES Painng Contractor Rego No 2916 Domesc, Commercial, Industrial Protecve Coangs, Insurance Contact Walter 0411 494 340 walterstrother@hotmail.com PAINTER EARTH MOVING DENTIST POOL MAINTENANCE COMPUTER TECH SUPPORT PHOTOCOPIERS COMMERCIAL

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 21 for all domestic and commercial cleaning in the Wheatbelt Call Graeme on 0458 391 232 CLEANER EARTH MOVING PLACE YOUR TRADES ADVERT Affordable exposure for your business Email administration2@merredincrc.com YOUR TRADE CLASSIFIEDS Positions Vacant

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22 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Horoscopes ARIES 21 March—19 April It is an intensely emotional time for you, but you can draw on your inner strength and intuition to get you through. It is also a time of restructuring which can come about if you broaden your horizons. TAURUS 20 April—20 May You are currently pondering your life. Upon reflection you may need to change or redefine your goals and possibly even drop something that is becoming too much for you to handle. GEMINI 21 May—20 June Travel and social interests are taking precedent in your life for a while. You are happy to move outside your comfort zone to try new things especially if it keeps a loved one interested. CANCER 21 June—22 July It is all about work and career for you right now. Cooperation with experienced colleagues, delegation, and managing from a structured overview rather than micromanaging will ensure success. LEO 23 July—22 August Life can become a social whirl. It is a great time to connect with friends, to enjoy some love and romance, and to start celebrating the Christmas season. It’s party time, so enjoy the fun! VIRGO 23 August—22 September Now is a good time to focus on family and making plans with loved ones. Relationships are in a positive phase, including those at work where your zeal and creativity is appreciated. LIBRA 23 September—22 October Family responsibilities weigh heavily on you for the next month or two. There are some things you can’t get out of but, there are others you could consider delegating to others to help lighten your load. SCORPIO 23 October—21 November Someone close to you may be going through a challenging time and will benefit from assistance that you can give them. It may be beneficial to pull back on your opinions as your intensity could put others off-side. SAGITTARIUS 22 November—21 December On the work front, managers and colleagues are genuinely interested in assisting you with projects. You have been working hard to create a network of like-minded people and your efforts are now coming to fruition. CAPRICORN 22 December—19 January Hidden issues will come to light, but it is important that you remember to appreciate others. There may be some changes at work, and you will be asked to help associates through the changes. AQUARIUS 20 January—18 February You are quite a sociable person, and coming into a time of interesting developments with friends or social groups. New ideas will be dreamed up, but it will be up to you to remain neutral in any decision making. PISCES 19 February—20 March It could be an intense time at work as others vie for positions of control or a change. Any developments will likely be favourable to you so it would be wise to stay out of any conflicts. CLASSIFIEDS Positions Vacant

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 23 CLASSIFIEDS Positions Vacant Public Notices As of December 31st 2021 I will be closing my business, ANDO’s BP (Anderson’s Mechanical Repairs). I would like to thank the many loyal customers who have supported my local business for the last 35 years, both the Mechanical Repairs and the Fuel Station. Any outstanding vouchers must be used by December 31st 2021 please. Rosalie Anderson

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24 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Astronomy WTF 3rd —16th December 2021 By PETER BARRETT Skywatching this fortnight should be very pleasant indeed as the evenings become more conducive to outdoor activities. For the more intrepid and for my fellow insomniacs I can report that a comet has been spotted heading our way and is expected to be visible just before dawn next Sunday the 12th almost due East. At magnitude +4 you should be able to make it out with the naked eye as a bit of fluff. Mars will be visible, rising nearby further around to the South close to the head of the Scorpion. Comet Leonard was discovered by senior research specialist Greg Leonard back in January as part of his work on the Catalina Sky Survey, a project based in Tucson Arizona dedicated to tracking and cataloguing all the Near Earth Objects large enough to pose a potential impact threat. Greg quickly determined there is no risk of his eponymous comet colliding with Earth, coming no closer than 35 million kilometres. It is particularly fast, as comets go, and is expected to race around the sun between the 13th and the 15th and become visible again very close to Venus on the 17th, when the next edition of the Phoenix will be on sale. This is the day on which comet Leonard is expected to be at its very best. All indications are that Leonard will be still well placed for viewing on Christmas Day and into the new year as it moves obliquely upward towards Fomalhaut, although it will be moving away from us by then and beginning to fade. I don’t include Neptune and Pluto in my chart because they are extremely dim but I would like to mention that Pluto is currently in close alignment with Venus. You will need some formidable equipment indeed to discern it from the blinding glare of the third-brightest object in the sky but it’s nice to know where it is sometimes. The Geminids meteor shower is another feature of this fortnight’s WTF, and is expected to peak Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th. This is typically a very spectacular show with over 130 meteors per hour on average. The meteors seem to shoot from the twins Castor and Pollux which are high in the Northern sky after midnight on those dates. Remember that after midnight is shooting star time. Notice also that Mercury is once again making its way into the early evening sky. The three planets Venus, Saturn and Jupiter now lie almost perfectly on the ecliptic thus forming a dead straight line and you can follow this line toward the horizon to find Mercury. So much to look up to this fortnight. Hopefully your banana lounge is now well established in your favorite viewing spot and the mosquito repellent is close at hand. A strategically placed cache of refreshments and your trusty binoculars complete the scenario. For added value have your mobile handy with a sky mapping app open such as Sky Safari, Nightshift or KStars, and a good satellite tracking app like ISS Detector. I warn you: Getting this close to Heaven is highly addictive! Don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide! Download the free SunSmart App Download the SunSmart app to check the UV where you are right now.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 25 Primary Care—What is it? Where does it start? By OWEN and The Team, Regional Men’s Health Primary Care is about developing a culture of caring for each other. It’s not about being an expert but being able to listen and express some empathy when someone is dealing with a difficult life issue. By de‑medicalising the effect that “situational distress” can have on our mental health, it gives permission and empowers ordinary people to act and value the care they can give alongside specialised mental health services and support options. Research shows that around 90% of suffering through traumatic experiences in our lives can be resolved by having a cuppa, a hug and a talk to a caring friend or other ordinary human being, who knows how to listen. It is worth remembering “a problem shared is a problem halved.” Is this something all of us can do? The rural climate always provides ongoing and varying challenges for farmers, agribusiness and agri-link industries, which in turn can create pressure in other areas of our personal, professional and community life. We think the most effective care always starts from the “bottom up”. Around regional WA there are numerous community champions from individuals to shires, CRCs and community groups that arrange breakfasts, sundowners and BBQ’s that provide a “safe place” for people to meet, catch up and talk over life on the land. There are many other grass-roots events that we attend which are a great basis for primary care. These gatherings can occur when people are at a crossroad in their life. People in the bush have always faced tough times, and now is no different. The benefits of an event at the grass-roots level are many, some of which are: • a sense of mateship and to remind you that you are not out there on your own; • maintains important social contact to keep the body, mind and spirit in good health; • it’s blokes talking about bloke’s stuff. I would like to quote a snippet from Albert Facey’s book “A Fortunate Life” “He wrote about his life as if it were a journey. Along his route, crossroads offered crucial choices - in some cases his survival was at stake - and the tracks he followed led to learning, pain and enrichment.” What a story, I thoroughly recommend it, it is a fantastic read for all. The important message is this, start to talk about some of the pain in your life, don’t suffer alone. Remember ...before it all gets too much… Talk to a Mate!! or Talk it Over 1300 789 978 Mensline Australia. We always acknowledge the important role women play in Primary Care; they are often the conduit for men seeking help. But also remember to look after yourself first, as well as your family. For more men’s health and wellbeing information check out our website www.regionalmenshealth.com.au

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26 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 By CONSUMER PROTECTION, Western Australia Button batteries are a hidden hazard in homes, powering many everyday household items such as noise-making or light up toys. Worryingly, every week in Australia 20 children are taken to hospital after swallowing or inserting button batteries. The Australian Government has introduced four new mandatory standards for button batteries and products containing button batteries. The reason for the new standards is to reduce the risk of death and injury associated with button batteries. What do the new standards mean? Warnings famous wildflowers could disappear from Wheatbelt verges from over clearing ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: Chris Lewis Wheatbelt shires risk losing wildflowers as their main tourist attraction if they keep clearing roadside vegetation, according to an organisation aimed at protecting Western Australia's unique flora. Key points: • Wildflower Society warns of loss of key tourist drawcard if clearing of wildflowers continues • It said clearing poses a biodiversity risk as native vegetation declines Wheatbelt Shire said it has strictly told contractors not to clear important flora during roadworks Wildflower Society vice president Brett Loney said some shires have just three per cent of natural vegetation left because of what he called excess clearing and some of it is being done without permits. He acknowledged some of the clearing did not require a permit. "Roadsides are really the shop windows if you like to the native flora and fauna within our state," Mr Loney said. "Invariably once that vegetation is taken out you get an invasion of weeds and other plants, seeds that have blown off adjacent paddocks and they never recover." "Where they may have an exemption (to clear) is where they are doing road maintenance." Roadworks blamed "It is not just road maintenance that is being done, it is road widening," Mr Loney said. He said the society's conservation committee, which he chairs, was concerned about recent clearing of roadside vegetation in Dowerin, 150 kilometres north-east of Perth. In a statement, a spokesperson for the Shire of Dowerin said storms and flooding in February last year had damaged 18 roads and these were now being repaired, but denied they were being widened at the same time. "It is the understanding of the Shire of Dowerin that no clearing permits were required for this project," the statement read. Among the instructions given to the contractors were that clearing could not be done "in mapped environmental sensitive areas or areas where threatened and priority flora is mapped, even if the vegetation encroaches on the road/drains," the spokesperson said. Members of the Wildflower Society in WA say many Wheatbelt verges have been 'overcleared' of native vegetation impacting animals and threatening future wildflower seasons. Biodiversity risk "Road verges within the Shire of Dowerin which have previously been cleared, usually contain a seed bank within the topsoil, and wildflowers and other understorey fully recovers within a five-to-10-year time frame," the statement continued. They said community concerns had been raised with staff in Dowerin and the contractors told them "road repair activities had been contained within the maintenance corridor." Mr Loney said the problem is not with one shire and the society was also concerned about clearing on farmland because of the impact on biodiversity. Keep Your Kids Safe—New Button Battery Standards • Secure battery compartments on products that contain button batteries. • Compliance testing to demonstrate the batteries are secure. • Child-resistant packaging. • Warnings and information on packaging. All businesses that supply button batteries or products containing button batteries in Australia must comply with the new standards by 22 June 2022. Button batteries can be found in a broad range of household products. Examples include novelty toys, remote controls, remote control car keys, digital kitchen and bathroom scales, watches, cameras, calculators, torches, fitness devices and musical greeting cards. We encourage all parents and caregivers to become familiar with the new standard. This includes grandparents, babysitters and daycare providers. Visit the Product Safety Australia website for more information about button batteries, risks and tips for safe use. Check all battery operated items Check all button battery powered items supplied to or used by children. Ensure battery compartments are secured and that batteries cannot be easily dislodged, for example the battery compartment becomes unsecure after the item is dropped. Risks and injuries Button batteries pose a severe injury risk, particularly in children aged 0–5 years. Young children are at the greatest risk due to their narrower oesophagus, as well as the tendency to place small objects into their mouths, ears and noses. What to do in an emergency If you suspect your child has swallowed or inserted a button battery, call the Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 11 26 for 24/7 fast, expert advice. If your child is having any difficulty breathing, contact 000.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 27 Bowls Basketball 18th November 2021 Under 12 Girls Red (34) d. White (6) Gold (26) d. Grey (8) Under 12 Boys Black (16) d. Blue/Gold (14) White (22) d. Gold (13) Blue (22) d. Maroon (12) Under 16 Girls Yellow (51) d. Green (24) White (46) d. Red (22) Under 16 Boys Blue (29) d. Blue/Gold (28) Green (22) d. Black (16) Navy (31) d. Purple (16) Yellow (59) d. Maroon (35) Mens Burracoppin Ballers (36) d. Topline Wogs (15) Merredin Magic (38) d. Bulls (35) Thunder ** Forfeited to Warriors ** Thunder have now withdrawn from the competition Womens Mystics (25) d. Fury (21) Sonics (13) d. Sharks (9) Black Pearls (32) d. Opals (21) 25th November 2021 Mens Lakers (35) d. Bulls (30) Warriors (56) d. Topline Wogs (39) Burracoppin Ballers forfeited to Merredin Magic Womens Black Pearls (26) d. Sharks (23) Mystics (30) d. Sonics (17) Fury (18) d. Opals (17) Civic Bowling Club By DEBBIE HEINRICH The Merredin Civic Bowling Club held their Ladies Merredin Civic Pairs Championships on Wednesday 24th November for the 2021/2022 Season. Winners were Anna Wallace and Norma Henderson and runners-up were Debbie Heinrich and Kay Bush.

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28 THE PHOENIX Friday, December 3rd 2021 Tennis Juniors Tennis Tournament By MEG GETHIN Out of the box November heat caused a headache for organisers of the annual Merredin Districts Lawn Tennis Club Two Dogs Junior Tennis Tournament on Sunday 28th November. The tournament has been going continuously since 1968 and traditionally consists of singles matches in the morning followed by doubles in the afternoon. This year with the extreme heat, organisers had to scramble to create a draw that condensed all the matches into just half the time. With 34 entrants from local clubs and the wider zone (Northam, Meckering, York, Kondinin and Toodyay), 60 individual matches of tennis were completed by midday. The MDLTC wishes to thank all the players and parents who travelled and made the day a great success as well as all the club members who helped with set up, lunches and most importantly umpiring. For some children, it was their first proper tennis tournament. A massive thanks also goes to Mark & Chesney Maloney at Two Dogs Merredin for once again being the generous trophy sponsors. Results: Yr 3 & Under boys singles: Patrick O'Neill (winner), Zac Crees (r/up) Yr 5 & Under boys BLUE singles: Matthew Ashworth (winner), Charlie Growden (r/up) Yr 5 & Under GREEN singles: Liam Leeson (winner), Joseph Leeson (r/up) Yr 5 & Under RED singles: Charlie Kudas (winner), Joshua S (r/up) Yr 5 & Under girls singles: Ellie Atkinson (winner), Sadie Draper (r/up) Yr 8 & Under boys singles: Jayden Oliver (winner), Archie Gethin (r/up) Yr 3& Under girls doubles: Greta Gethin & Ruby Smith (winners), Kate Growden and Milla Dolton (r/up) Yr 3& Under boys doubles: Patrick O'Neill & Zac Crees (winners), Thomas Billing & Andrew Wilson (r/up) Yr 5 & Under boys doubles: Matthew Ashworth & Zac Draper (winners), Charlie Growden & Charlie Kudas (r/up) Yr 5 & Under girls doubles: Sadie Draper & Amelia Penny (winners), Ellie Atkinson & Skye Wilson (r/up) Yr 8 & Under boys doubles Jayden Oliver & Connor Oliver (winners), Jacob Billing & Jim Lee (r/up) There is one more junior tennis tournament in the zone for 2021 (Cunderdin) but plenty more to come in the second half of the season starting in February. For all things tennis, check out the Merredin Districts Lawn Tennis Club and Central Districts Tennis Association Facebook pages.