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As at 2nd July 2020
Tested 94,001
Confirmed Cases 591
Recovered 553
Deaths 9
Active cases in WA 29
Confirmed cases in
Regional WA
Goldfields 8
Great Southern 9
Kimberley 17
Midwest 3
Pilbara 5
South West 9
Wheatbelt 9
COVID-19 in Australia
WA—Cases 591—Deaths 9
ACT—Cases 107—Deaths 3
NSW—Cases 3,098—Deaths 48
NT—Cases 29—Deaths 0
QLD—Cases 1,058—Deaths 7
SA—Cases 440—Deaths 4
TAS—Cases 228—Deaths 13
VIC—Cases 1,653—Deaths 19
Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia
Wesfarmers has announced the
closure or rebranding of 167 Target
and Target Country stores and
putting as many as 1,300 jobs at risk.
92 of these will be converted to
Kmart stores. Around 52 Target
Country stores in regional areas will
be converted to smaller-format
Kmarts, while the remaining 50
Target Country stores will shut,
including the Merredin and Narrogin
stores in the Wheatbelt.
Ian Bailey, head of the department
store division said We do
understand the impact this will have
on regional communities and its not
a decision that we made lightly. If
we could find an economic way of
serving those communities with
stores in those locations we wouldve
loved to have done so”.
Target stores have consistently
underperformed in Wesfarmers
portfolio, with diminishing sales
figures and weak profits. The
decision to make structural changes
to the Target stores comes as the
Target stores undergoes a review into
its financial viability, with
Wesfarmers saying it was necessary
to make changes as Kmart is
considered more profitable. Rob
Scott, Wesfarmers Managing
Director said Industry analysts said
Target failed to appeal to customers
Merredin Target is set to close
while Kmart had attracted discount
The Shire of Merredin Council came
together at the Shire Chambers on
Tuesday, 26
May 2020, to discuss
the shock announcement made by
Wesfarmers to close 200 Target
stores around WA, including
Merredins local store. At this
meeting, Councillors expressed their
extreme disappointment in the
decision to close the Merredin Target
and were able to mark a way forward
for the Shire.
Shire President Julie Flockart stated
that the first step for Council is to
open a conversation with
Wesfarmers. We want to
understand what the criteria was for
closing Target stores and get to the
bottom of why the decision was
made to close our local store,she
The Shire will be looking at all
possible avenues and opportunities in
regard to the closure of the store and
the impact this has on the community
and local economy. The Shire
President indicated that if Merredin
is to continue to have viable local
services and achieve a strong
recovery, everyone in the community
must Buy Local and support local
businesses during these tough times.
Mia Davies MLA has been
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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 5th, 2020
0-4 Amity Health Playgroupcall
Claire Smith or email
A Choired Taste–A community
singing group, Monday 7pm9pm.
42 Coronation Street. Call Langley
Smith on 0409 106 649.
All Saints Anglican Church14th
& 21st June, 10am. 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
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
Karinda Smith Mob: 0427 080 913
Merredin Camera ClubEmail
Daina for more info at
Merredin Community Garden
Group Inc—for information please
contact the Chairperson, Gillian
Ovans 0427 701 655 or by email
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—Meeting 24th June at
5.30pm. 110 Barrack Street.
Merredin Fine Arts Society—New
members welcome. Enquiries to
Margaret 0429 623 081.
Merredin Museum & Historical
Society—Next meeting 1st July at
Merredin Rifle Club—Call Steve
for more info on 0467 173 753.
Heather’s Hearsay
What do you think about the Main Street reopening?
Merredin United in Prayer—
Cancelled for the time being. Will
be reviewed soon.
Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled
until further notice. Call 0427 412
Peoples Baptist Church—
Kellerberrin 11am Sunday Worshop.
Ph 0435 284 796.
Playgroup—Contact Carissa Amm
on 0433 340 441.
Red Hat Lunch—Contact Julie
Townrow 0429 411 377 or email
Seniors Centre—Activities
suspended until further notice.
Jeannette Feagan 0429 471 425.
Seniors Centre Morning Tea—
Suspended until further notice.
Seniors Gentle Gym—Suspended
until further notice.
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Closed until further notice. Services
will be available online. http:// The stream is
available on Saturday morning from
10 am. Call 0429 770 331.
St Marys Catholic Church,
Merredin—Father Andrew Bowron,
Ph 9041 1118.
Story-time—Cancelled until further
Tales of the PastCancelled until
further notice.
Tribal Bellydance Beginners
classes Mondays 5pm. Call
Anastasia on 9041 1041. Everyone
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.
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Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin,
Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin,
Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen,
Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin,
Trayning & Westonia.
Leah Jones
Its fine with me.
Although a mall
would encourage
people to come
to town and stay
longer. It would
make the main
street more
attractive and
I think it is
convenient for
especially in
Tim Inglis—Thumbs down
to the lowlifes in town that
think its acceptable to break
and enter the house of my
recently deceased
I think it is
for winter.
Cliff Haines
Definitely good
for the elderly
and disabled.
Kat & Pete Challis—Thumbs
down to the little people
walking around stirring dogs
up at all hours of night. You
should be tucked up in bed.
Anjoeen Wells—Thumbs
down to the people who have
forgotten how to parallel
park since Barrack Street has
Heather Giles—Thumbs up
to Anne- Marie at
Sportspower for her support
to our community over many
years. Thank you.
THE PHOENIX Friday, June 5th, 2020 3
discussing the closure with
stakeholders. The closure of Target
Country next year will be devastating
for the stores seven employees and a
blow to other traders operating in
Ive talked to both Wesfarmers and
Kmart Australia about the
importance of the companies
regional footprint – they arent just
answerable to shareholders they are
also answerable to regional
communities that have supported
their businesses for decades.
Unfortunately the prospect of a
Kmart format store is not considered
viable in Merredin by Wesfarmers.
Weve been advised that a
redeployment program will help
affected staff in Merredin and other
store locations find work elsewhere
within and outside Wesfarmers group
As well as supporting staff, my
preference is for the company to
leave some sort of legacy in
Merredin by committing towards a
business, community or streetscape
improvement project as part of its
exit strategy, rather than simply
walking away from the town.
Caleb Levy started a petition Keep
Merredin Target open and to date,
approximately 2,200 people have
signed the petition. The petition
received a response from Marina
Joanou, Managing Director, Target
Australia, who states Since our
announcement last week about the
closure of our Merredin store, we
have been overwhelmed by messages
of concern and support from our
customers. The decision to make
such significant changes to our
business has not been easy, and
particularly the very difficult
decision to close stores is not one
that is made lightly, but it is
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Merredin Target is set to close cont.
absolutely necessary for the survival
and sustainability of the broader
business and the thousands of people
we employ.
We are very aware that what was
announced will have a significant
impact on many people, most
importantly our team members and
their customers, and on regional
communities where stores will be
In regional Australia, only about
half of our Target Country stores are
suited to being converted to smaller
format Kmart stores because they
meet a range of criteria including
location, population catchments and
being large enough to make the small
format model work.
Regrettably, many of our regional
stores are not suitable for conversion,
and while we appreciate the
sentiment behind, and intent of, your
petition to convert or keep the store
open, we are unable to revisit the
We acknowledge this is a tough
time for our team members and for
our customers, and we will support
them and you as best we can. We
continue to focus on improving our
online shopping offer within Target
and our digital capability across
Kmart, Target and Catch. Were
working hard to retain, as best we
can, the convenience our customers
currently have access to in store, by
providing a range of online pickup
and delivery options right across
We know there is little we can say
that will ease your disappointment
over the closure of our Merredin
store, but we hope that this
information provides additional
context around what was a difficult
but necessary decision.
District Officer
State Emergency Service (SES)
provide a wide range of volunteer
services to help the community
cope from the impact a disaster,
whether it be a natural disaster or
an emergency situation and carry
out land search working alongside
WA Police.
Merredin SES operate from a
building in Benson Street, but
have never had a suitable shed to
house vehicles and equipment,
which have been left within the
compound outside and in the
Funding from DFES has enabled
the building of a three bay vehicle
shed, which is currently on track
to be finished at the end of June.
The shed will house two vehicles,
incident trailers and will also cater
for general storage, which is
currently housed in the brick
building. Relocating the items
from the brick building will allow
better use of this building.
The Merredin SES is currently a
small unit, so it is hoped that
having better facilities may help to
attract some new members.
Merredin State Emergency
Service (SES) New Shed
The three bay vehicle shed is well under
4 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 5th, 2020
Court Report
May 2020
Northam Courthouse
Danielle Mason was convicted of 2
counts of stealing, 4 counts of
driving with prescribed illicit drug in
oral fluid or blood, no authority to
drive, possession of a prohibited
drug (Methylamphetamine), being
armed or pretending to be armed,
being a person who breaches CRO or
community order without reasonable
excuse and 2 counts of breach of bail
(failed to appear soon after), was
fined $3000 and ordered to pay costs
of $118.50 and had her licence
suspended for 16 months.
May 2020
Armadale Courthouse
Adam Psaila appeared on a charge of
a breach of police order. The matter
was adjourned to appear in Armadale
on the 30
June 2020.
Perth Courthouse
Teio Anderson appeared on charges
of disorderly behaviour in public, 2
counts of possessing a prohibited
drug (Cannabis), having no authority
to drive suspended (other than
fines suspension) and possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained
property. The matter was adjourned
to appear in Perth on the 2nd June
Southern Cross Courthouse
Marcus Black appeared on charges
of reckless driving exceeded the
speed limit by 45km/h or more on a
length of road and no authority to
drive suspended (other than fines
suspension). The matters have been
Letter to the Editor
adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on
June 2020.
Charles Dixon was convicted of
exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml
of blood and was fined $650 and
ordered to pay $225.90 and had his
licence suspended for 8 months.
Lachlan Grant-Williams appeared on
charges of a breach of family
violence restraining order, 2 counts
of reckless driving, 2 counts of
obstructing public officers, driver of
vehicle failed to comply with a
direction to stop (circumstance of
aggravation), stealing a motor
vehicle and drives or assumes
control without consent, and having
no authority to drive suspended
due to a disqualification notice. And
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on 16
June 2020.
Graham Lucas was convicted of no
authority to drive (fines suspended)
and was fined $500 and ordered to
pay costs of $225.90.
Benjamin Luffman was convicted of
driving contrary to other conditions
of an extraordinary and was fined
$300 and ordered to pay costs of
Charles Morgan-Giles appeared on a
charge of being a driver who failed
to wear a seatbelt. The matter has
been adjourned to appear in Southern
Cross on 18
August 2020.
Amanda Yarran was convicted of
having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), possessed a prohibited
weapon, possess a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine) possessed
drug paraphernalia in or on which
there was a prohibited drug or plant
and 2 counts of unlawfully possessed
a controlled or prescription drug and
was fined $1500 and ordered to pay
costs of $225.90.
May 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Debra Cook was convicted of
offering to sell or supply a prohibited
drug to another, 3 counts of stealing
and 3 counts of without lawful
excuse trespassing on a place. She
received a 12 month intensive
supervision order and was ordered to
pay $225 compensation.
Aubrey McGrath appeared on
charges of stealing a motor vehicle
and driving or assuming control
without consent, 2 counts of stealing
and having no authority to drive
(expired). He was remanded to
appear in Midland on the 29
2020. He was also convicted of a
breach of bail (fail to appear soon
after), was fined $100 and ordered to
pay costs of $118.50.
Kyle Stroinski was convicted of 86
counts of gains benefit by fraud, he
received a 15 month intensive
supervision order and was ordered to
pay $3023.68 compensation. He
was convicted of possessing a
controlled weapon which was
forfeited. He was convicted of 2
counts of a breach of bail
undertaking and 2 counts of
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis) and was fined $300 (fine
reduced for time in custody).
Jeffrey Thomas appeared on charges
of behaving in a disorderly manner
in a public place or in sight or
hearing of any person in a public
place, criminal damage or
destruction of property and
disorderly behaviour in a police
station or lockup and was remanded
to appear in Merredin on 5
May 2020
Karl Mogridge appeared on a charge
of aggravated robbery. The matter
was adjourned to appear in Perth on
the 14
August 2020.
May 2020
Christopher Milosz appeared on
charges of 2 counts of possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained
property, having ready access to both
weapons and illegal drugs, stealing
and aggravated burglary and commit.
The matters were adjourned to
appear in Perth on the 6
July 2020.
May 2020
Midland Courthouse
Jodi Hayden was listed to appear on
charges of common assault. She
failed to appear. A warrant has been
issued for her arrest.
May 2020
Aubrey McGrath was convicted of 2
counts of stealing, he was fined
$1050, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90 and compensation was
awarded to the victim. He was
convicted of having no authority to
drive (expired) and was fined $200.
The charge of stealing a motor
vehicle and driving or assuming
control without consent was
I would normally make my comments
in My Thoughts, but this issue has
just arisen.
25 years ago, I played a role, along
with many others, in the attraction
and establishment of the China
Southern Western Australian Flying
College to Merredin.
The College mounted a plaque at the
entrance of the Airfield to recognise
the contribution of the many people
and organisations involved, which
included my name.
Over the weekend, Debbie and I took
a drive around the region, and called
in to the Airfield just for a look, as it
is not being utilised by the College at
the present time. Upon leaving
Debbie noticed that there appeared to
be something covering part of the
plaque that is mounted on the east
entrance wall and went to remove it,
but called me over and we saw that
my name had been removed with an
angle grinder.
This is not some random act of
vandalism for no apparent reason, it
was a calculated personal attack.
My thoughts were probably 99% of
Merredin people would not be aware
that the plaque existed, so who
would know the plaque was there;
who would know the names on it;
who would happen to have an angle
grinder in their vehicle and who
would be motivated enough to do
this? It brings it down to a pretty
short list of suspects.
I am at a loss as to what I have done
to be the focus of this vindictive
action and wonder if it was anything
to do with the Flying College which
was 25 years ago!!
I feel sorry for whoever has done
this, as they must have some badly
pent up emotions.
To the person who did this, if you
have a problem with me, tell me
directly dont be such an immature
and spineless person by defacing
something that belongs to the China
Southern Western Australian Flying
College, not me.
Martin Morris, Merredin
Personal attack may lead to Police charges
THE PHOENIX Friday, June 5th, 2020 5
Merredin Library
The Merredin Library is now open
again, though on reduced hours for
now. Staff would like to say
Welcome Home.
Although many of the restrictions
have lifted, visitors to the library
will still have to practice physical
distancing and staff ask that
members use the hand sanitizer
provided before entering the main
library. Library staff will
hopefully be resuming some of our
activities soon, but as we will still
have restrictions on the number of
people in the activity area,
bookings will be essential.
If you are a parent still at home
with children, consider using
Ziptales to keep them amused.
Ziptales is free to use for all
library members and is a literacy-
based program, developed by
teachers in Australia. It includes
stories, activities and quizzes
designed to create confidence in
reading and spelling in children in
the safety of their own home.
Children can work at their own
pace, without the pressure of a
classroom situation.
Members also have access to
Kanopy, a video-streaming service
featuring over 30,000 movies,
documentaries and more, many
being Indie Films. Library
members have free access to 4
titles per month, though they can
watch them up to 3 times over the
If you are not a member of the
Merredin Library, come in and
join up. All you need to bring
with you is proof of address. If
you would prefer just to have an e-
membership go to the Shire of
Merredin Website and complete
the online form, https://
Remember Call & Collect is still
available. Call library staff on
9041 1222 and let us know what
you would like us to find for you.
We will try to match exact titles
but that will depend upon
availability. Library staff are
ready and happy to help and
looking forward to seeing
everyone in the library again.
My Thoughts
COVID-19 changing the world order
Like many pandemics before it, the
current COVID-19 coronavirus
pandemic is having a major impact
on every level of society, from local
right through to global.
Different countries are managing the
virus in different ways, with some
being more successful than others.
Here in Australia, the pandemic has
been managed pretty well, and
Western Australia has done even
better. WA Premier Mark McGowan
has done an outstanding job, and
with good humour too where
Even the Prime Minister Scott
Morrison has done fairly well.
People have even forgotten about his
handling of the bushfires and the
sports rorts scandal already.
In the USA though, we can see an
example of how severe
mismanagement can cause extreme
damage despite the USA supposedly
being a first world country.
With the number of deaths in the
USA climbing above 103,000 as of
the time of writing, they are in big
This has exacerbated existing
tensions and divisions in the USA,
and along with their ongoing
inability to address racism, economic
inequality, and an actively
destructive president among other
issues, there is the distinct risk of the
USA descending into civil war and
becoming a failed state. The USAs
opponents dont have to do anything
except watch.
This will mean that China will
continue to be able to expand its
influence and military capabilities,
and along with Russia could become
the dominant world power.
China has been very smart and
strategic about its expansion over
many years, using a variety of
methods such as economic control,
soft power, controlling resources,
and direct military activities among
Due largely to the USAs domestic
divisions and the current president,
this has to a large extent gone
unopposed by the USA, other than
the current president trying to blame
China for all of the USAs self-
caused problems.
The rise of China presents both risks
and opportunities for Australia.
The opportunities are mainly
focussed on the export of iron ore
and income from Chinese students
attending our universities.
However, there are significant risks,
and some of these have been realised
as a result of the coronavirus. The
main risk is our severe dependence
on China for manufactured goods
and as a source of income from our
When the borders shut, it became
clear that our supply chains for a
wide range of goods, including
medical equipment, is extremely
dependant on just one country,
This dependence is not something
that has only recently developed. It
is the result of business and
government actions and directions
over the past 30 or so years, but
especially over the last 20 years.
We should develop an economic and
societal approach that significantly
reduces our dependence on any other
country, including on allies like the
This does not mean isolating
ourselves or ending exports. It
simply means that we should
maintain a strong local
manufacturing sector for a broad
range of goods, and that when we
export to overseas markets, we
should export to a wide range of
different countries so that we do not
become dependent on any one single
We should also invest properly at
home too, such as by properly
funding our universities so that they
do not need to become so dependent
on overseas funding.
When dealing with other countries, it
is always worth remembering that
old saying love many, trust few,
always paddle your own canoe”.
Here in Australia, managing the
coronavirus has come at a significant
cost due to the necessary restrictions
that were imposed in a very short
period of time.
They are an appropriate and
reasonable response to the pandemic,
although they still suck.
There has been a severe economic
cost, with the impacts continuing to
be felt for a long time to come.
In some ways though, the social
costs of the restrictions could be just
as damaging and felt for a long time
yet. As this virus will be around for a
long time to come, people will
continue to be very nervous about
interacting with others, potentially
putting at risk the trust required for
everyday social interactions.
Of interest will be how long people
continue to feel guilty for talking
with other people when they happen
to meet up with others by chance.
How long will this feeling last for?
There will also be people for whom
isolation has had a significant
impact. This would most likely affect
extroverts and socialites the most.
This could exacerbate the feelings of
loneliness that studies have shown
was already a problem in Australian
society. There have been a number
of articles online about people
missing human touch such as hugs.
If they are not used to a lack of hugs,
then that would probably contribute
to their loneliness.
There will of course be benefits that
could come from the restrictions. If
we could ensure that getting rid of
handshakes becomes permanent, that
will be no loss. Handshaking has
always felt unhygienic, although it is
still very much an ingrained habit.
Improved handwashing is also
another good thing to hope continues
to last.
I have always been diligent about
washing my hands (much to the
annoyance of certain others), so this
has not been a problem for me, but I
do know of others who do not view
handwashing the same way.
Overall, this pandemic will continue
to have long lasting impacts from
local to international aspects, and
many of the impacts will be
However, there are some positive
impacts, things we have learnt, and
ways we can improve our society.
Let us focus on the positives as much
as possible, whilst not forgetting to
acknowledge and appropriately
manage the negatives.
Let us all work together for a better
society where everyone is included
and cared for.
6 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 5th, 2020
Police Report
By Acting Senior Sergeant
Merredin Police
Hello Readers,
In preparation for National
Reconciliation Week 2020 officers
from Merredin Police Station
recently completed our
Reconciliation Mural at the front of
the station. Police officers joined
several Njaki Njaki Nyoongar people
in placing painted hand prints
alongside the mural. Merredin
Police encourage our community to
learn about our shared histories,
cultures, and achievements, and to
explore how each of us can
contribute to achieving
reconciliation in Australia, as we
really are All in this Together’.
Throughout the COVID-19
pandemic Merredin Police have
maintained a strong visible presence
on the Great Eastern Highway.
Disappointingly many drivers
continue to put themselves and other
road users at significant risk by
driving at excessively high speeds.
On the 24
of May a 31 year old
female from Perth had her vehicle
impounded after she was caught
driving at 164 kilometres per hour
near Burracoppin. The young lady
will face the Merredin Magistrates
Court, charged with Reckless
Driving and is likely to have her
drivers licence suspended for several
Please remember to take your time
and stop correctly at the stop signs
around town. A 28 year old
Merredin male was charged with
Dangerous Driving after allegedly
failing to stop at the stop sign at the
intersection of East Barrack Street
and Mary Street on May the 21
Merredin Police will continue to
monitor these intersections after we
received complaints of people not
stopping correctly. In less than an
hour on the 22
of May three people
received $300 infringements and
three demerit points for not stopping
correctly at this intersection.
A 46 year old male from Narembeen
is currently remanded in custody
after his car broke down near
Burracoppin on May the 16
. The
male decided to break into, make
himself at home and stay overnight
in a nearby farm house. A joint
investigation between Police from
Merredin, Bruce Rock and
Narembeen resulted in the tracking
down of the suspect and recovery of
$1800 worth of property he stole
from the farm, including a vehicle.
The male was charged with five
offences including Burglary,
Stealing and Driving without a
Merredin Police are investigating a
Criminal Damage offence which
recently occurred at the Merredin
Aerodrome. A plaque
acknowledging people and
businesses who contributed to the
building of the aerodrome was
unlawfully damaged. If you have
any information about this offence
please contact the Merredin Police.
We have received a number of
complaints of vehicles being driven
around town in a dangerous manner
recently. If you have CCTV or
dashcam footage of these vehicles
committing offences, please contact
us, as wed love to investigate these
matters and make our roads safer for
us all to use. 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
Reconciliaon Mural at the front of the
Merredin Police Staon
Police will be monitoring intersecons
for people that arent stopping correctly
A 31 year old female from Perth was
caught driving at 164 kilometres per
hour near Burracoppin
On 1 October 2020, Containers for Change will
launch in Western Australia!
Containers for Change is our new state-wide
container deposit scheme that lets you cash in
eligible containers for 10-cents each.
In WA, we use more than 1.3 billion eligible drink
containers each year; enough drink containers to
line a path from Perth to Broome.
When it comes to recycling, Western Australians
will soon have the chance to make real change and
earn cash while we do it!
Containers for Change aims to
reduce litter and landfill
increase recycling
create jobs
provide opportunities for social enterprise and
benefits for community organisations
Hundreds of container Refund Points are planned,
with many to be operated by local community
groups and social enterprises. The job of setting up
the network has begun, and there will be more
information provided over the coming months.
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From the History Room
The following snippets appeared in
the local June newspapers of the
, 1912
Mr A C McCorry, formerly of the
Shamrock Hotel, Northam, and now
of Nungarin, has been granted a
wayside house licence at Nungarin.
A hotel has been required for some
time and it will be of a great
convenience to travellers.
, 1923
On Saturday, June 2nd, amid ideal
weather conditions, the new
Salvation Army Hall in Coronation
Street was officially opened.
, 1925
The Greater Sports Ground contains
117 acres and a good design to
embrace every class of sports has
been prepared by the road board
engineer, Mr W J Cohn. The
bowling club has been assigned a
block 200ft x 200ft and the work of
laying down the grass was started
on June 24.
, 1934
The Merredin Mercury issue had an
emphasis on advertising about
Wireless Setsso as not to miss the
Cricket Test. This was the year
of the simulated ball-to-ball
description and that it was also
Bradmans Year’.
, 1936
The Merredin branch of the Big K
breweries was established in 1929.
It has been devoted to mainly
brewing of lager beer for
Kalgoorlie, Wiluna and Southern
Cross. The brewery has also
distinguished itself by producing an
excellent beverage known at Big K
Superior Oatmeal Stout.
, 1953
The opening meeting of the
Moorine Rock Junior Farmers, held
on May 26 at Bodallin, was a great
success. The office bearers elected
are: Don Sylces, President; Wally
Goodhill, Vice President; Bruce
Harvey, Secretary; Margaret
Nicholson, Club Reporter and
Brenda Tattle, Librarian.
, 1964
The biggest shipment ever of pigs to
leave WA will be loaded aboard the
British India cargo freighter
Bamora at Fremantle on Tuesday
bound for Rangoon. There will be
100 pigs, 7 from Merredin.
Wesfarmers has pioneered the
supply of pigs to the Asian markets
and recently was responsible for the
first ever air freighting of pigs to
As part of the Morrison
Governments Regional Agricultural
Show Development Grants program,
six Durack Agricultural Societies
will receive more than a million
dollars to renew and reinvigorate
their show ground facilities.
Federal Member for Durack, the
Honourable Melissa Price, has
congratulated the successful grant
recipients, pleased to see the
countless community volunteers who
create these fantastic local events
each year rewarded for their
Agricultural shows are the heart and
soul of our regional communities.
They bring and keep communities
together, bridge the divide between
country and city and provide a key
injection into the local economy,
Ms Price said.
I always enjoy attending as many of
the local annual shows in Durack as I
can, and the showcase these events
provide of the hard work and
innovation that goes into Durack
agriculture,Melissa Price said.
These grants will help in numerous
ways, from building a new exhibition
hall at Kellerberrin to improving
An excellent yield for
regional Ag Shows
facilities for the disabled at another.
These grants help to upgrade show
facilities, attract visitors to these
important regional events, more local
employment, and more purchases for
local businesses.
If communities have had to cancel
their events this year due to the
outbreak of COVID-19, these grants
will help our show societies
refurbish their facilities so that when
their next event rolls around they
will be even more attractive to the
many invaluable volunteers and
show attendees.
Two recipients of the grant are:
Kellerberrin and Districts
Agricultural Society—
$315,878.00—Project: Construct a
new multipurpose exhibition hall at
Kellerberrin Showgrounds.
Mt Marshall & Districts
Agricultural Society (Inc.) -
$90,000.00—Project; Provide an
accessibility ramp to the main
building, carry out works to
construct a permanent outdoor bar
structure, security for the indoor bar,
provide a new ticket booth and
provide a new water fountain with
disabled access.
Mt Marshall Showgrounds
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There are approximately 60,000
new cases of thyroid diagnosed
each year within Australia with
statistics revealing that 1 in 8
women will experience thyroid-
related issues in their lifetime.
These figures are staggering and
are increasing every year. Thyroid
disorders are the most commonly
underdiagnosed medical conditions
today with some individuals
unaware they even have a thyroid
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid gland is the master
gland that sits in front of your neck
and is shaped like a little butterfly.
The thyroid gland manufactures
hormones that help control many of
the body's processes including our
metabolic rate, body temperature,
energy levels and every cell within
the body contains a thyroid
hormone receptor.
Thyroid hormones act directly on
major organs and systems of the
body and thyroid dysfunction can
have huge effects on the
functioning of the body.
An insight into the diagnosis of
thyroid dysfunction.
Common pathology and blood
screening performed by general
practitioners checks the Thyroid
Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This
is one singular market of thyroid
activity and does not paint the
entire picture of how the thyroid is
functioning. It is very normal for
individuals to be told their TSH sit
in the normal’, healthy reference
range yet the individual doesnt
always feel 100% and is often
experiencing a plethora of signs
and symptoms that categorises
a thyroid dysfunction. There is
more to diagnosing a Thyroid
Condition than just a blood test!
To really understand how the
thyroid is functioning we require
a full thyroid function test.
This includes:
TSH (thyroid stimulating
10 Common Signs of Thyroid
Dysfunction & How to Restore Balance
hormone )
T4 (thyroxine )
T3 (triiodothyronine)
TPO Antibodies
TG Antibodies
Below are 10 signs that may
indicate your thyroid gland is out
of balance:
1. You have ongoing digestive
2. You cant lose weight [or have
been gradually gaining weight]
3. You are constantly tired
4. You develop blood glucose
5. You have elevated cholesterol
and high triglycerides
6. You have oestrogen dominance
or deficiency
7. You experience hot flushes/night
sweats or feel cold all the time
8. Your are experiencing a lot of
hair loss or thinning of the hair
9. You have constant brain fog
10. Your body is overload with
The bottom line. Some individuals
seem to know they are not quite
right" or have a thyroid problem,
despite being told by their GP there
is nothing wrong or maybe, some
may be wondering why they are
taking thyroid medication but still
experiencing all of the above
The body is complex and has
intricately connected systems, so it's
important to listen to your body,
recognise the signs and symptoms
and ask yourself if a thyroid
dysfunction may be the underlying
A Naturopath will be able to dive
deep into thorough screenings to find
the root cause of the individual's
thyroid dysfunction.
Through a holistic and individualised
approach paired with evidence-based
A decade of water saving
celebrated as annual Winter
Sprinkler Switch-off
returns for 2020
Households and businesses across
Perth, Mandurah and parts of the
South-West and Great Southern
are being reminded to help save
billions of litres of precious water
by turning off their sprinklers this
The annual Winter Sprinkler
Switch-off is a permanent water
efficiency initiative, requiring
scheme and domestic bore users to
turn off their sprinklers from June
1 to August 31 when lawns and
gardens require less watering.
Last year, the program saved
around five billion litres of water -
the equivalent of 2,222 Olympic
swimming pools or enough to fill
Optus Stadium five times.
Waterwise residents across Perth
and southern coastal areas strongly
support the Winter Sprinkler
Switch-off, with around 45 billion
litres of water saved since the
program was introduced in 2010.
The Water Corporation has made
it easy to learn if your suburb is
included by visiting http://
wintersprinklerswitchoff and
searching your postcode.
The Switch-off applies to both
scheme and bore water users,
however hand watering is
permitted and some exemptions
may apply. In areas of Western
Australia not subject to the switch-
off, normal watering rosters and
daytime sprinkler bans still apply.
For details on how the Switch-off
applies to bore and licensed water
users go to http://
Water Minister Dave Kelly said
Each winter, tens of thousands of
WA households demonstrate their
commitment to the waterwise
message by turning off their
sprinklers and saving billions of
litres of precious water.
"In fact, the Winter Sprinkler
Switch-off has saved around 45
billion litres of water since 2010
and that's something we should all
be extremely proud of.
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As a part of a school sustainability
focus, our class is responsible for
collecting waste paper that is put into
blue recycle boxes throughout the
school and shredding and bagging it
for re-use within the school and the
community. In Geography, we
learned more about sustainability
through lessons that got us thinking
about natural resources and waste
and how they could be used and
managed. We decided to turn the
paper into something new! We
created a natural pulp from the
shredded paper and moulded bowls.
Once they were dry we designed and
painted the bowls to give as
Mothers Day gifts. We all took such
great pride and care with our
painting and were pleased with the
final product. We hope our families
loved our bowls as much as we did!
Congratulations to Tom Farson
and Daniela Navales who have
received early offers to attend
University of Western Australia
(UWA) in 2021. Due to the COVID
-19 pandemic several universities
have decided to accept early
applications based on studentsend
of Year 11 predicted grade. A
number of our students have made
applications and we are very
pleased to congratulate Tom who
has received an offer to study
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) and
Daniela who received an offer to
study Bachelor of Biomedical
Science (Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine). Both students also
qualified for the Hackett
Scholarship worth $5000 per year
awarded to regional students to
assist with accommodation cost.
Congratulations Tom and Daniela.
(Postive Behaviour Support school)
Merredin College is now into its
third year as a PBS (Positive
Behaviour Support) school. Since the
beginning of Term 1, students have
been awarded with GROW points for
displaying the expected behaviours
in class and around the school. This
week we opened our own GROW
Store and Rewards Room. The
We are a PBS School!!
Year 3/4 Classroom UWA Offers to Attend
purpose of the Rewards Room and
Grow Store is to give the students an
opportunity to spend the GROW
points they have accrued throughout
the year. These are individual
rewards, with a group reward being
organised at the end of each term by
the House Coordinators.
The Rewards Room is stocked with
lots of fun activities and an array of
gifts that the students can purchase
including socks, portable speakers,
wireless headphones and even
sporting equipment including
basketballs, netballs and a football,
to name a few.
There are a number of rules that
students must adhere to if they
choose to enter the Rewards Room.
These include, but are not limited to:
using respectful language, accessing
appropriate content on the
computers, keeping mobile devices
off and away, and showing care for
our pool/air hockey table. For the
moment this is a Year 7-12 initiative.
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Students at St Marys School have
been celebrating National
Reconciliation Week, by completing
some activities in our classrooms.
Here are some activities the Year 3
and Year 4/5 classes completed.
Simultaneous Story
On Wednesday, 27
May, students at
St Marys School listened to the
story, Whitney and Britney Chicken
Divas. We heard this story in our
own classes but all at the same time.
Week 5 at school has been all about
our own well-being. Classes have
taken time to meditate and reflect on
their mental health. We have learnt
that we need to take the time to stop
and recharge before working hard
Well-Being Week
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Greetings once again Wheatbelt
Telescopic Fun lovers. The nights
are approaching their longest, with
the sun not rising now until after
seven, but do you notice it is actually
setting a minute later? How come?
This is due to the equation of time”,
which causes the sun to speed up and
slow down in a regular pattern. It is
the resultant of two factors: In last
fortnights issue of WTF we
discussed how the axis of earths
rotation differs from the axis of its
orbit around the sun by 23 and a half
degrees in March and September, but
as the earth orbits the difference will
not be apparent in December and
June because these axes now lie on
WTF 5th—18th June 2020
the same plane. This is called
obliquity, and is a similar
phenomenon to the non-constant
velocity of a universal joint
operating at an angle. Also, the orbit
of the earth is not a perfect circle but
an eccentric ellipse. All this causes
the sun to appear fastest on the 14
of May then slowest on the 16
July, then fast again on 3
November and slow again on the 11
of February. Since we are in a period
of the sun slowing down it will take
longer to set.
Tonight there will be a penumbral
eclipse of the moon, culminating at
about 3:30am when the moon will be
under the outer shadow of the earth.
The moon will change colour
slightly, appearing greyer than a
usual full moon. Its not a good time
to look at it, the shade tending to
blur some of the detail.
As foretold last issue, by the end of
this fortnight Jupiter will be rising as
the sun sets. Mercury has shot up to
be the evening star on the opposite
side of the sky. Saturn is right behind
Jupiter, and by nine o'clock the big
gas giants will be very nicely placed
for viewing. Both are having their
annual retrograde motion until about
September. On Monday 8
Tuesday 9
the Moon, which never
ever goes retrograde, will join them
in Capricorn. Very slow moving
Mars is now coming up before
midnight. Mars is slowing down to
become retrograde in November.
Mars retrograde is a biennial event
because we overtake Mars less
frequently than the outer planets on
our collective journeys around the
sun. Meanwhile Venus, having now
completed its inferior conjunction,
starts to appear earlier and earlier to
glorify our mornings.
As Sirius sinks in the West and
Canopus swings around toward the
southern horizon The centre of the
Galaxy is rising in the East, with the
distinctive constellation of Scorpius
hooking its tail around it. This
constellation always dominates the
winter sky at night and it really does
look like a scorpion with bright red
Antares in the middle of its body
and two stars Shaula and Lesath
The Cats Eyesforming the sting in
the tail. Just to the East, also
entangled in the Galactic centre is
Sagittarius with its peculiar teapot
shape. Needless to say, gazing at this
area of the sky on a dark night is a
truly breathtaking experience. The
huge globular star clusters near the
scorpions sting are unforgettable the
first time you spot them. A small
telescope reveals huge clumps of
stars and black dust that make up the
vast swirling core of the Milky Way.
As you follow the Milky Way
westward the Emu can be easily
distinguished, made of black galactic
dust rather than stars, wearing the
Southern Cross as a spangling tiara
with Alpha and Beta Centauri
forming a showy necklace. The rest
of the Emus body is formed by
Scorpius and Lupus the wolf. Lupus
was the scene of the brightest
supernova in recorded history in the
year 1006, which was reportedly able
to be easily seen in daylight, and as
bright as a quarter moon at night. Im
fascinated by these stupendous
explosions, like a kid thinking about
a road train full of fireworks all
going up at once, only bigger...
To the North Arcturus dominates
until midnight when the other end of
the Milky Way, with Aquila the
eagle and further north Vega begin to
So much to look at. Every gap in the
clouds is an opportunity. Take them
all I say.
I was visiting my daughter last night
when I asked if I could borrow a
This is the 21st centuryshe said.
We dont waste money on newspa-
pers. Here, use my iPad.
I can tell you this………….that fly
never knew what hit him…..
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Merredin CRC News
Bunnings generously donated some
Craft Activity Packs for Seniors to
give them something to do while at
home during the COVID-19 period,
which were offered to residents in
Merrittville, Beringa and CEACA as
well as available from the Library
and the CRC for any seniors in the
Around 50 seniors have taken up the
offer and kept busy making garden
caddies, tool boxes, window sill box-
es, Christmas Tree table decorations,
tablet holder, trays, tech away boxes,
toy trucks and some craft packs
(sewing, decorating).
Terry Keitel was quick to finish his
garden caddy and brought it back to
show us, well done Terry.
There are still some Packs available
so call into the Library or CRC and
pick one up.
Craft Activities
for Seniors
Over the past couple of months the
Shire, Mia Davies MLA and
Merredin CRC have been working
together to support the community
during COVID-19. One of the
activities that was undertaken was to
produce and distribute Activity
Booklets for Adults and Kids each
week. These were extremely popular
with people coming into the CRC on
a Friday to collect the new one.
Now that a number of COVID-19
restrictions have been lifted, people
are out and about a lot more, so
keeping busy at home is not as
essential however, with the positive
comments about the Activity
Booklets, the CRC thought it would
be good to include a Puzzle Page in
The Phoenix. Collgar Wind Farm
have generously supported this
initiative by sponsoring the page.
On behalf of the Merredin CRC, The
Phoenix and the community in
general, thank you Collgar Wind
Farm your support is greatly
The answers to the puzzles will be
posted on the Merredin CRC website
the week after each edition.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is an
opportunity to help West Australians
affected by cancer. Normally
Australias Biggest Morning Tea is
bringing together friends, family,
colleagues or the community and
enjoying a cuppa, but with COVID-19
restrictions regarding number of people
allowed to gather together, 2020 was a
bit different.
Merredin CRC took the Morning Tea
to the community, delivering over 100
morning teas to businesses and homes
in Merredin and raising over $600 for
the Cancer Council. This was a huge
task and could not have been done
without the fantastic support from our
many volunteers – Jane Patroni, Ross
and Kaye Duffield, Juanita, Adonijah
and Alethea Eastwick, Olivia Ellis and
Brittany Mayberry.
The CRC received some great
Shaun from Nextra said We
thought it was great and very tasty
Two Dogs staff said It was a
delightful surprise from Chesney
and the food was lovely
Merredin Fine Arts Society said
We enjoyed the delicious morning
tea at our regular art meeting—
McIntosh & Son said Thanks so
much Merredin CRC, the crew at
McIntosh & Son absolutely enjoyed
your food plates today. Thanks for
giving us the opportunity to support
a great cause.
Middle Business Advisers Thank
you so much for our morning Tea
(happy faces all around) also
helping the Cancer Council too with
Australias Biggest Morning Tea.
Thank you.
The Merredin CRC were able to donate
$424 from morning tea purchases and
an additional $184 in community
Collgar Wind Farm supporting
The Phoenix
Before the COVID-19 a lot of people
hadnt even heard of video
conferencing app Zoom, now so
many people have used Zoom in
preference to Skype because it is so
much easier to use.
People chatted with family members
and friends, many work and business
meetings were conducted via Zoom
as did a number of community
organisations, who not only met but
conducted their classes exercises,
singing, games etc.
Whilst easy to use for many there are
still some people in our community
that would possibly benefit from
coming along to a workshop. For
this reason the CRC is looking to
hold a few workshops throughout
July if there is enough interest.
Anyone interested in attending a
Zoom workshop, please contact
Merredin CRC on 90411 041 or
email by the
end of June to register your interest.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Zoom is now
the Rage
Morning tea at McIntosh & Sons
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Still life was the theme for the
May meeting of the Merredin
Camera Club, which is more tricky
than it might first appear.
Fifteen photos filled the theme
section this month, and another 14
photos filled the open section. The
judge this month was UK
photographer and judge Keith
In the theme section, Mr Balcombe
Still life Camera Club meeting
Jey sunsetby Pippa de Lacy
Lile wale birdby Karen Slater
awarded gold to Caryn Adamsons
Crystal reflection”.
Silver was awarded to Rob
Broomhalls Carnation on piano”,
and bronze was awarded to Karen
Slaters Travel with camera”.
In the open section, gold was
awarded to Karen Slaters Little
wattle bird”. Silver was awarded to
Pippa de Lacys Jetty sunset”, and
bronze was awarded to Karen
Slaters Founders Lake, Tasmania”.
Club members voted a bit differently
to the judge in both sections,
although there were some
In the theme section, equal first went
to Caryn Adamsons Crystal
reflection and Rob Broomhalls
Mothers Day flowers”.
Second place went to Pippa de
Lacys Blue pot and third place
went to Caryn Adamsons
Moonlight sonata”.
In the club members open section
voting, first place went to Pippa de
Lacys Jetty sunset”.
Second place went to Caryn
Adamsons Good morning”, and
third place went to Kate Caugheys
Mother and daughter”.
Mothers Day owersby Rob Broomhall
Crystal reeconby Caryn Adamson
We held this meeting via Zoom
again, which was good as everyone
was in different locations (including
two people in the UK).
The next meeting will be on the 24
June, where the subject is blurred”,
which is an interesting topic, to
make the photo look good whilst
being completely blurred.
The Merredin Camera Club
welcomes new members. For more
information about the Merredin
Camera Club, please email
Kate Caughey at
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By GLEN & THE TEAM Regional Mens
Health Initiative
Weve all heard the old rule of thumb “8
glasses of water per day”. We shouldnt be
surprised to learn that this is an approximation
for the average person and doesnt consider
gender or lifestyle. In fact, eight glasses a day
might actually be leaving us dehydrated and the
average intake for blokes might have to be
revised upwards to about 13 glasses.
Men generally require more water than women
due to their (on average) higher fat free mass
and energy expenditure. Physical activity is a
major influencer of water consumption in the
body, the more physical activity we do the
more we need to hydrate. We get thirsty once
we start to dehydrate so, during exercise its
important to keep up our liquid intake prior to
feeling those pangs of thirst.
Climate is another consideration. Obviously,
someone with a desk job has lower hydration
requirements than a boilermaker working in a
confined space in summer in the Pilbara. What
is not so obvious is the fact that the desk jockey
may have elevated water requirements due to
air-conditioning; the dry air increases the
bodys water needs.
We do get some of our daily water
requirements through our food, as many fruits
and vegetables have a high-water content, i.e.
watermelon, tomato, cucumber etc. We can also
count flavoured drinks as some of our intake,
but water is the preferred option. Drinks with a
high sugar content should be avoided, and
before anyone says, Well, three beers is a
litre!theres an important distinction to make.
Coffee and beer are examples of diuretics
(substances which make us pee) therefore
regardless of the intake there may be a nett loss
happening. For example, for every 200ml of
full-strength beer consumed, you pee around
320ml. That works out to drinking a six-pack
and peeing 10 stubbies!
What Can We Do?
Assume we are dehydrated; it is so common
as to almost be the norm.
Drink around 13 glasses of water per day,
more if you are doing physically demanding
work or sweating profusely.
During exercise drink every 15 minutes to pre
-empt dehydration.
Use your pee as an indicator. Pale or straw-
coloured is ok; yellow means dehydrated, and
dark or verging on a brown colour is a sign of
severe dehydration.
Water is by far the best form of hydration.
The electrolytes in sports drinks are also
present in a balanced diet. Sports drinks only
have a role for endurance athletes who,
during an event, push beyond the bodys
natural stores of minerals.
When calculating water intake, consider the
effects of diuretics like alcohol and caffeine.
Remember Drink 6 Pee 10”.
Keeping on top of dehydration is more than just
drinking heaps of water. We need to understand
that at different times, our hydration demands
fluctuate. We need to be active observers of our
bodies and take responsibility for keeping it in
peak working order.
Blokes and
Central Regional TAFEs (CRTAFE) annual
Reconciliation Week celebrations will be offered in
a new way this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Students and staff have come together to ensure the
significance of the week is still celebrated this year,
despite not being able to proceed with usual on-
campus events.
CRTAFE will showcase a variety of projects and
initiatives to mark 20 years of Reconciliation Week
celebrations, via various online and social media
A key highlight will be the launch of CRTAFEs
2020-2021 Reconciliation Action Plan. Endorsed
by Reconciliation Australia, the plan details
CRTAFEs vision for supporting Aboriginal
students and staff, by strengthening relationships
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
communities, to ensure all community members
enjoy equally, the opportunities for training and
personal development offered at CRTAFE, in an
environment that is inclusive of all students and
their families.
As part of the week-long online event, students
have prepared a series of interviews with local
Aboriginal Elders and mentors as well as question
and answer sessions with community members
about what Reconciliation means to them. There
will also be a reading of Poems for our Mayus, a
childrens book written by CRTAFE Geraldton
students in the Wajurri language.
TAFE celebrates Reconciliation Week
in a new way
Students have also put together some online
resources about inspirational Aboriginal people,
daily facts and links to podcasts, websites and
videos relating to Aboriginal culture and the
meaning of Reconciliation in Australia today.
Some smaller activities will still take place on
campus with social distancing measures in place
such as cultural displays (Geraldton, Northam, and
Kalgoorlie campuses) and a symbolic cake cutting
(Geraldton campus) and a cupcake giveaway
(Kalgoorlie campus).
CRTAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said
Reconciliation Week was an important part of the
colleges annual events calendar and this year has
provided an opportunity for staff and students to
share positive experiences both online and on-
Im really proud that our staff and students have
found a way to ensure the significance of the week
is still celebrated at our collegeMr Swetman said.
This years national theme for Reconciliation
Week In this together resonates with everyone
in this country and around the world at the
momenthe said.
CR Tafe Lecturer, Rebecca Higgins
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Trouble is brewing, avoid discussions that lead
nowhere. Concentrate on doing your own thing in
private. This is a good period for creativity and
spirituality, but not so good for relaxing, so the more
time you have to work on yourself, the better. Your
imagination is extremely active channel it
TAURUS—April 20 to May 20
With your sign ruler Venus currently retrograde, you
are in a tidying up period and the focus is very much
on sorting out confusing circumstances affecting
finance and areas of your life connected with your
sense of self-worth and security. Its time to focus
on what is important to you and start setting your
GEMINI—May 21 to June 20
This is a good time to think outside the box and be
inventive. Meanwhile there seems to be a lot of
drama in your life, perhaps connected with loved
ones or with professional associates. There are
chaotic conditions professionally and far too much
discussion and disagreement. It seems like people
want to air old grudges and disappointments.
CANCER—June 21 to July 22
People seem to have ideas that clash with your own
needs and there is a general feeling of unreliability
and lack of trust. Rather than dissipating your
energy on minor frustrations and misunderstandings,
it is better to use this period for self evaluation. This
is the time to focus on yourself and not try to control
the thoughts and feelings of others.
LEO—July 23 to August 22
Currently your social life and connections are
important, and you can play a central role in
gathering unique people around you. Good friends
benefit from your leadership and guidance, but these
times are very confusing and disorientating. Take
the time to be there for the people you truly care for,
as they will do the same in return.
VIRGO—August 23 to September 22
There is a strong focus on social life and friendships
at the moment and a period when loyalty and
commitment are important to you. There may be a
feeling that things have ground to a halt during the
course of the week and plans seem to be put off or
delayed. Perhaps this is an opportunity to delve
much deeper into ideas.
LIBRA—September 23rd October 22
You are in a period when plans and ideas are under
revision. The focus is on the past both
professionally and in your personal life. It is more
important to work on things that have been done,
rather than start working on anything new. Use the
lessons that you have learnt from your past and use
that knowledge to make the future an even brighter
SCORPIO—October 23 to November 21
This is an emotionally intense time, when you sense
things so much more strongly than usual, perhaps
without quite knowing what all these feelings are
about and how to navigate the strong emotional
currents. Just be yourself and go with the flow, the
waves will carry you in the right direction.
SAGITTARIUS—Nov 22 to December 21
Truly, this is a time of transformation for you. At
home, uncertain conditions prevail. There seems to
be considerable disagreement or maybe just a lot of
bickering. People seem deceptive, children can be
hiding things and generally there is an atmosphere of
distrust. Whilst people fritter away their energy on
the small things.
CAPRICORN—Dec 22 to January 19
The week starts with the Moon in your sign,
highlighting intense processes affecting your
personal life and your beliefs. It seems that these are
extreme times, but perhaps it is not wise to adopt
extreme views or take extreme actions. You need to
take a measured approach, even if people around you
and colleagues at work seem to be lost or confused
AQUARIUS—January 20 to February 18
This is a strong period for you, and there is a 3-week
window of opportunity to set the agenda. This is an
excellent time for working on a healthy work-life
balance and for prioritising kids and romance. You
do need to be on the lookout for deceptive practices
however, particularly when it comes to finances
PISCES—February 19 to March 20
You start the week with an intense focus on
friendships and social affiliations and this is all part
of a long-term process which sees you revising
allegiances, political preferences and friendships in
general. It is better to avoid people whose lives are
shaped by fanatical beliefs. There is a tremendous
boost to your imaginative powers and creativity.
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Planning and Development Act 2005
Notice is hereby given that the local government
of the Shire of Merredin has prepared the above
mentioned planning scheme amendment for the
purpose of
Rezoning portion of Lot 301 Adamson Rd,
Merredin from General Farming to Light
Industry’; and Re-classifying the portion of
Adamson Rd fronting Lots 301 & 525
Adamson Rd, Merredin from Local Scheme
Reserve Parks and Recreation’, Light
Industry zone and General Farming zone
to No Zone’.
Plans and documents setting out and explaining
the scheme amendment have been deposited at
the Shire of Merredin administration building,
corner of King and Barrack Streets, Merredin
and will be open for inspection during office
hours up to and including Monday 20
Submissions on the planning scheme
amendment may be lodged in writing and should
include the amendment number, the property
affected and details of the submission and
lodged with the undersigned on or before
Monday 20
July 2020.
Mark Dacombe
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Public Notices
All Saints Anglican Church Merredin AGM
21st June 2020 after 10am service.
WAFarmersGrains is frustrated and extremely
disappointed with the decision to impose duties on
Australian barley exported to China.
Tuesdays announcement will see a dumping
margin of up to 73.6% and subsidy margin up to
6.9% imposed on all barley exports for 5 years.
The announcement was made in response to the
investigations initiated by China in November
WAFarmersGrains President Mic Fels said the
Tuesday announcement was a huge blow for all
barley growers in Western Australia.
"As the largest barley exporting state in the largest
barley exporting nation, Western Australia has
been hit very hard by the imposition of tariffs into
the Chinese barley market.
For most farmers it is now too late to reduce
barley planting, so our focus now in the face of this
weeks decision is to shift the focus to shoring up
new premium paying markets for our grain, which
is renowned as the highest quality barley anywhere
in the world, both for malting and as feed grain.
We have the highest quality standards; the most
effective and compliant regulation system in the
world; the lowest level of government intervention;
and the most organised and efficient logistical
supply chain from farmgate to port through our
state-wide, farmer owned cooperative, Co-
operative Bulk Handing (CBH).
Western Australia and China have worked
together over decades to develop strong and
friendly relationships within the grains industry.
It is hugely disappointing both for Western
Australian grain growers, and for the Chinese
buyers and consumers of our premium quality
grain, to have political machinations prevent us
from continuing what has been a mutually
beneficial trade in premium malting and feed
barley,he said.
Mr Fels said that WAFarmersGrains will continue
to work hard to assure the Chinese barley industry
that all will be done to help reopen the barley trade
for the ongoing benefit of all parties.
WAFarmersGrains greatly appreciates the strong
and relentless support shown for our industry both
by our State government through Agricultural
Minister Alannah MacTiernan, and by Federal
Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham.
We urge government to continue to work closely
with China to negotiate a removal of the tariffs
announced Tuesday, and we also back the National
Farmers Federations call to escalate this matter
with the World Trade Organisation disputes
resolution process,he said.
Mr Fels said that notwithstanding this current
market issue, WA growers are a resilient bunch
and are well used to dealing with all kinds of risks.
With everything thats occurred in the last few
days and recent months trade disputes and global
disease pandemics, here is hoping to a solid 2020
season, which is still the number one profit driver
for farmers in our state," he said.
Barley Tariffs – a
trying time for
Western Australian
grain growers
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