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$2 Thursday 10th March 2022 Issue 5 FIRST MERREDIN MARKETS OF 2022 By BRAIDIE HOLDER Despite the rain, humidity and severe storm warnings, there was quite a good turn out at the rst Merredin Twilight Markets of 2022, on the 25 February. With free face painng from the very talented, Sheree Lowe and Men’s Shed train for the kids, and plenty of stalls and raes, everyone had a great me in the heat and light showers. Luckily Creamy Cow So Serve decided to set up closer this me parking right at the footpath on Queen Street, so that everyone could go straight from the CRC food stall, serving up a sausage sizzle and bacon and egg toases, for dinner over to Creamy Cow to get ice cream for dessert. Amongst the stalls there was Lutum Designs, Tupperware, demonstraons from Lauren Steel for Thermomix and a candle stall, Scents, coming all the way from Perth. There was also Peta Knight with her money plants and suncatchers, Rochelle Stone and Alison Morgan with their second-hand goods and the Merredin Show with their own rae, which was very popular, the prize was a metal garden ornament made by Clayton Murray, the winner of the Merredin Show rae was Kirsty Rochford. The Merredin CRC would like to say a huge thank you to Nextra Merredin, Two Dogs Home, Timber and Hardware Merredin, Go Mad Discount Store and Tanya at Merredin Flowers and Gis for donang items for the Markets Rae, the support from local businesses is always amazing to see! The Markets rae helps us raise money to connue to make the markets bigger and beer for the community! The money also allows us to provide free entertainment to the community at the markets like the free face painng from Sheree! The lucky winners of the Merredin Markets rae were Vicki Campbell and Gillian Ovans. It was a great night despite the spots of rain and heat and the Merredin CRC thank everyone that came out to support the markets, which wouldn’t be possible without the support and involvement of the community. Thankyou also to the wonderful volunteers that dedicated their Friday evening to help with cooking sausages, eggs, bacon, seng up, packing away and manning the CRC food stall. What would we do without the wonderful assistance from the Merredin Men’s Shed, thankyou for seng up the marquees, tables and chairs and pung them all away. And of course, thank you to all of the stallholders who came out and braved the weather!. We hope to see you all at the next day markets in May.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 3 Produced and printed fortnightly by Merredin Community Resource Centre 110 Barrack Street, Merredin Ph: 9041 1041 Fax: 9041 1042 Deadlines Arcles, Adversements (including Classieds) 5pm Monday before publicaon date Content/producon Kirsty Rochford administraon@merredincrc.com Content/producon Debbie Morris merredin@crc.net.au Adversing administraon4@merredincrc.com Upcoming Edions 24th March & 7th April 2022 www.phoenixnews.com.au The Phoenix Prices Prime Adversing Front $150 Back Full page $200 Ears $30 Front inside full $180 Back inside full $180 Colour Quarter $40 Half $80 Full $160 Black & White Quarter $30 Half $60 Full $120 Classies (b/w) Non business for sale free General lineage 50c per word Display per cm Public Noce $10 Employment $5 Trades 12 edions (each) $15 6 edions (each) $20 3 edions (each) $25 Artwork Fee $30 CONTENTS Merredin College ...................... 5 St Mary’s Primary School .......... 6 Library Musings ........................ 6 From the History Room ............. 6 COVID 19 Stascs ................... 7 Court Report ............................ 8 My Thoughts ............................ 9 Trades .................................... 13 Collgar Community Calendar... 15 Astronomy ............................. 16 Horoscopes ............................ 21 Classieds ................ 20, 21 & 22 The Phoenix Available at the following outlets: BP Travel Stop Café 56 Cung Room Dimensions Go MAD IGA Inspire Merredin Bakery Merredin CRC Merredin Flowers Merredin Harvest Merredin Swimming Pool Nextra Puma Roadhouse Two Dogs Home Hardware Wild Poppy Café Thankyou to these businesses for their support for The Phoenix and Merredin Community Resource Centre ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Email administraon4@ merredincrc.com 12 or 24 edions

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4 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 Leer to the Editor Dear Central Wheatbelt Community The Team at Meridian Regional Arts would like to thank you for a successful pilot year with the Let Us Show You project. In late 2020 a group of art-passionate Merredin Locals got together and formed Meridian Regional Arts, a community group with the goal to increase arts opportunies in the Central Wheatbelt. We surveyed the public, applied for grants, contacted arsts, designed workshops, planned lile pop up arts acvies all with the air of experimentaon. We got to hang out with the incredible team at the Merredin Community Garden Space, learnt how to weld and plasma cut with Lewis Horne, taught the students of St Mary’s how to mix colours and design murals with Chloe, Lisa and Jess, trained up local arsts to create murals and paste ups, and worked with the incomparable Mel McVee to design a mural for Merredin, painted by you, our wonderful community! Seeing the mural go up in the main street signalled the successful end of our pilot program, and lled us all with immense gratude for so many talents and generous locals, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. Firstly- to all of our willing parcipants. Whether you lled in the survey, aended drop in sessions, we our core sculpture arsts, or our mini-arsts from St Mary’s, or part of the mural team we want to thank you so much for your me and eorts. Everything you created this year was outstanding, especially seeing as so many of you would try to convince us you weren’t arsts. You are all arsts, whether you are just starng out, or have been making for many years, and you are all fantasc. To the Shire of Merredin, thank you for your paence and interest in what we wanted to achieve. Though the program was not funded by the Shire, you supported us with advice, invited us to be a part of Gateway, and lent us your talented sta to x the community mural to the wall. Thank you for leng us have a try at something new in Merredin. It means so much to have your support. To the Community Garden, thank you so much for sharing your space with us. It was wonderful to be amongst your gorgeous gardens while making art. You have made a beauful oasis in Merredin, and we are lucky to have people with your knowledge and passion in Merredin. To our Facebook followers, digital friends, survey responders, and regional arts organisaons across the state, thank you for your input! A community project takes a community to make it! Your thoughul and honest survey responses were what designed the project, and we look forward to pung your ideas towards future programs. To our funding partners Loerywest and DLGSCI. Without your generous investment, we could not have achieved as much as we did in 8 months. 2 Murals, 5 paste ups, over 100 hours of workshops, with over 100 parcipants, new friendships, new skills, lots of laughs, and a lot of pride. Thank you for supporng projects in the regions and helping make our communies a great place to live, laugh, and learn. And to our arsts- Lewis, Mel, Chloe and Jess. Thank you for the skills you imparted on Merredin, your paence, passion, and enthusiasm. The feedback we got from parcipants was overwhelmingly posive, and a testament to your skills not just as arsts, but as facilitators. This piece of feedback was our favourite, and really captures the atmosphere you worked so hard to create: “Being with a group, was nice to have people bring dierent ideas… and being together without fear of failure, encouraged to have a go. We were totally engrossed with our project. Hearing peoples ideas bounce o each other- It was so inving, and everyone was so inving. I always wanted to come, I always looked forward to it!” We have applied for further funding to run community workshops in Merredin over the coming years, and keep our ngers rmly crossed that we are successful. In the mean me, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, and peaceful holiday season. If you would like to parcipate in future Meridian Regional Arts Projects, or are a business looking to sponsor community led programs, feel free to contact us at meridianregionalarts@gmail.com Keep on making! THANK YOU FROM MERIDIAN REGIONAL ARTS Paste Ups Kevin Laser Cung Mel Mc Vee mural being painted Jess Springs Mural Day

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 5 From the History Room By ANITA METCALF The following snippets appeared in the local MARCH newspapers of the me. 23rd, 1907: Mr Angel’s ne two-storey hotel is now complete. Tenders have been called for the building of a school. There are now about 30 children here. Extremely hot weather is being experienced here lately, the thermometer averaging from 98 (36.6) to 106 (41.1) in the shade. 12th, 1913: The District Surveyor wrote asking the Merredin Road Board to name the streets in the Elabbin town site. The secretary reported the names of pioneer selers at Elabbin. The 5 streets would be named Clarke, Baird, Wright, Bagot and Rae Streets. 1st, 1934: Preparaons are already commencing to make 1934 a special year in Merredin golf history. The Eastern Districts Championships are to be held here this year. 11th, 1948: The new Merredin dance band ‘The Krakajacks’ made an excellent impression on their rst public Students at St Mary’s celebrated Shrove Tuesday on the 1 March. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the day before the beginning of Lent and it is tradionally a day of feasng before a forty day period of fasng. SHROVE TUESDAY AND ASH WEDNESDAY Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and all students parcipated in an Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Father Andrew came to school to share the day with the students. performance at the Town Hall. he band is a 5-piece combinaon. 1951: There are 3 things a woman can make out of nothing: a hat, a salad and a quarrel. 10th, 1965: All residents within the boundaries of the Shire of Merredin, 21 years of age and over, are reminded that they are required to undergo x-ray examinaon of the chest for tuberculosis. 1st, 1980: March 1 was the 10th anniversary of The Indian Pacic operang on the Sydney-Perth service. 21st, 1990: It was a CROMBIE aair at the Babakin Cricket Club wind-up. Every award was won by a member of the Crombie family. Bang Average – Willie Crombie, Bang Aggregate – Clion Crombie, Bowling Average – Clion Crombie, Bowling Aggregate – Grant Crombie, Best Club Man – Clion Crombie and Most Improved – Sco Crombie.

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6 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 Library Musings By WENDY PORTER, Merredin Librarian Hello again. Isn’t it nice to see the weather starng to cool down? The Merredin Library has had some new items added to stock. Here is a taste. Nearly everyone has heard of Bert Newton. ‘Bert’ by Graeme Blundell tells us of the entertaining life of one of Australia’s favourite stars. The book takes us through six decades of Bert bringing us laughter, joy, and cheeky irreverence, both on and o the screen. Have you ever been at a loss about what to pack in your child’s lunchbox? ‘Back to School Snacks’ by the Australian Women’s Weekly has some suggesons to change the freul task of packing a school lunchbox every day. Maybe your child will enjoy ‘sushi’ wraps (made with pastrami not raw sh), choc beetroot slab cake, craisin toast (made with cranberries) or even apple sandwiches (the apple is the bread). It's not just the kids who may need to watch what they are eang. ‘The fast 800 Keto’ by Michael Mosley shows you how to ip your metabolic rate from burning sugar to burning fat for fuel, by combining Keto with the popular Fast 800 diet. The book not only explains the science behind the diet and how to follow it safely, but also provides recipes and menu planners as well. Remember to ask sta for help if you can’t nd what you are looking for. If you are unwell, feel free to call the Library on 9041 1222 and arrange for sta to choose some books for you that you can either pick up, or have delivered if you live in town. You could even look up books on the catalogue. If the books you would like are available, sta will select those for you. Check out the catalogue at hp://library.merredin.wa.gov.au. See you soon. 2022 Merredin Show Postponed By CLAYTON MURRAY, Chairperson Merredin Show Due to increased public concern and to protect the health of all involved in the Merredin Show, and in response to the Premier’s direcon that there can’t be any organised mass gathering over 500 people, we are postponing the 2022 Merredin Show. It is obviously disappoinng that there is a need to postpone the Show, it is not only our disappointment, but it carries through to everyone involved and the general public who have always supported us so well. The safety and well-being of everyone, is our priority. We will be in touch with Entertainers, Exhibitors, sponsors etc plus others who were to be involved to advise of this decision and work with them to obtain the best outcome for all. We have chosen to inially postpone the Show in the hope that the risk to public health and the health and safety mandates change quickly to enable us to have a show this year. Postponing a show has a huge nancial impact on our organisaon as we have already expended a very large amount of money, with no means of Image courtesy of Grant Stainer geng it back by actually running the event on the original date. One of the only ways to get an income to help cover our costs at the moment is to sell all the ckets in our rae. $25 gives you a chance in winning your share of the $8,000 prize money. Call the Merredin Community Resource Centre on 9041 1041 to purchase one, or call in and see them at 110 Barrack Street in Merredin. We will also be holding a virtual show for stallholders on the 2nd of April and the rae will be drawn on this day, so please take part. More informaon regarding this will be released soon. I personally thank each and every one on our commiee plus the Merredin Community Resource Centre for the incredible job they have done to get this event to the point they have. It is going to be great, as it is our goal to make each event beer than the previous one. The Merredin CRC has been running Markets since 2012 on the lawn strip across the road from the CRC, then in front of the Visitor Centre and for the past 6 years on the lawn surrounding the CRC. The Markets used to be monthly, but feedback from stallholders was it was too oen and people didn’t seem to want to aend every month, or they did not have enough products. The Markets were changed to having 2 Twilight Markets in the warmer months of February and November and 2 Sunday Morning Markets in May and August, which have been quite successful the past few years. But we have seen a slight decline in numbers of stalls and MERREDIN MARKETS ON A SATURDAY MORNING? people aending, so we want to get some feedback from the community about the idea of having the Markets on a Saturday morning as it seems a lot of people come into town for shopping or heading o to sport and thought this might be a good opportunity for people to pop into the markets. We would love to hear from as many people as possible over the next few weeks, as our May Markets are scheduled for Sunday 22 and this might be a good opportunity to trial a Saturday morning. Please send through your thoughts to administraon4@merredincrc.com or phone 90 411 041.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 7 COVID-19 WA Stascs As at 9 March 2022 Tested 2,658,216 Confirmed Cases 29,839 Recovered 14,077 Deaths 12 Active cases in WA 15,750 COVID-19 in Australia Vaccinations: 1 Dose 22,093,332 (86%) Fully Vaccinated 20,524,493 (79.9%) Booster 11,874,570 (46.2%) WA—Cases 29,839—Deaths 12 ACT—Cases 56,474 —Deaths 34 NSW—Cases 1.41M—Deaths 1,960 NT—Cases 43,866—Deaths 30 QLD—Cases 608K—Deaths 610 SA—Cases 165K—Deaths 212 TAS—Cases 53,390—Deaths 26 VIC—Cases 1.1M—Deaths 2,611 COVID-19 coronavirus LEVEL 2 PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES AS FROM 3 MARCH Masks Mask wearing requirements expanded to children iin Years 3-6 in all public indoor seng (usual exempons apply) Gatherings • Home gatherings limited to a total of 10 people indoors and outdoors, except weddings and funerals • Private outdoor gatherings in a public space limited to 50 people • 2 square metre rule and 150 person capacity limit indoors or outdoors for weddings and funerals, and for places of worship—no more than 10 people inside if held at a private residence Density and capacity limits • 2 square metre rule and 150 patron limit (not including sta) for the following venues: • Hospitality venues (seated service only) • Fitness venues • Entertainment venues • Galleries and museums • Places of worship • Hairdressers, taoo parlours and beauty services • Nightclubs (seated service only 2 square meter rule for public venues such as swimming pools and recreaon centres. 50 per cent capacity limit for entertainment venues with forward facing seang, such as theatres and cinemas, and for major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium (main area) and HBF Park, with mask wearing at stadiums. 4 square metre rule and seated service only for the Crown Casino gaming oor. Hospitals, aged and disability care facilies • Limit of 2 visitors per resident per day to aged care and disability care facilies • No visitors to hospitals, except for spouses, parents or carers, birth partners or for compassionate reasons Higher educaon and colleges • 2 square meter rule and 150 person capacity limit indoors or outdoors for higher educaon facilies including pathway colleges and English language schools Community Sport • Indoor community sports as per venue requirement, with no spectators, except parents or guardians • Outdoor community sports permied with no spectators, except for parents or guardians Events • 2 square meter rule and 500 person capacity limit for outdoor public venues and events. From 12.01am Thursday, March 10, WA will move to very high caseload sengs to en-sure the connuity of operaons for crical industries and of face-to-face school-based learning for students. A crical worker is someone who cannot work at home and who: • Performs a role that is crical to the COVID-19 response • Is crical to the connuaon of crical services that prevent signicant harm (eg loss of life, catastrophic impacts to safety or welfare, lack of access to essenal goods) • Performs a role that is necessary for the safe connuaon of services and/or has specialist skills in specied industries deemed crical.

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8 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 16th February 2022 Perth Central Law Courts Brandon Welshman appeared on a charge of aggravated grievous bodily harm. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 8th March 2022. 17th February 2022 Bunbury Courthouse Mahew Jea appeared on a charge of criminal damage or destrucon of property. He was remanded to appear in Bunbury on the 3rd March 2022. 21st February 2022 Northam Courthouse Locklyn Carroll appeared on one charge not disclosed and two charges of breach of bail (fail to appear soon aer). He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 29th March Court Report 2022. Perth Central Law Courts Sco Blake appeared on a charge of no authority to drive – suspended (other than nes suspension). He was remanded to appear in Midland on the 24th February 2022. 22nd February 2022 Perth Central Law Courts Melville Verhoeven appeared on charges of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood, possess a prohibited plant, assault occasioning bodily harm, two charges of disorderly behaviour in public and two charges of being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 22nd March 2022. 23rd February 2022 Perth Central Law Courts David Engelbrecht appeared on a charge of exceed speed limit between 10 and 19km/h. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 21st April 2022. 28th February 2022 Kalgoorlie Courthouse Trevor Jea appeared on a charge of no authority to drive (disqualied from holding or obtaining). He was remanded to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 24th March 2022. Northam Courthouse Tiara Hooker appeared on a charge of common assault in circumstances of aggravaon or racial aggravaon. She was remanded to appear in Northam on the 4th April 2022. Craig Thompson appeared on a charge of breach of protecve bail condions and two charges of common assault in circumstances of aggravaon or racial aggravaon. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 27th April 2022. 2nd March 2022 Perth Central Law Courts Colbey Hetherington appeared on charges of aempt to pervert course of jusce and careless driving causing death, grievous bodily harm or bodily harm. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 12th May 2022. 3rd March 2022 Perth Central Law Courts Michael Halle appeared on 21 charges of being a person who was cruel to an animal. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 9th March 2022.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 9 A modern take on travelling by train Tales from the Train By JANE PATRONI, Chairperson In connuing the stories proling the lives of local people and their employ on the railways, of signicance is a recount of events that had a dramac eect on the life of Raymond Harvey (Bert) Ventris and his family. Informaon for this story has been kindly shared by Dot Caughey (nee Ventris), Bert’s daughter. The following is an extract from Mercury Magazine (3 November 1999, p9).Bert Ventris arrived in Merredin (1927) as a 19 year old call boy – a West Australian Government Railways wake up caller for shi workers. He met Vera Carey and they married in 1936 bringing up ve children – Ernest, Dorothy, Rosemary, Ronnie and John – all during a dicult period of world war raoning and diminished facilies of health and educaon. Bert was an extremely eervescent and acve character unl a dreadful accident when he was struck by a railway engine, resulng in him lying in a coma suering horric injuries. Miraculously, he survived. The Sunday Times in 1958 carried a photo and story headlined Perth’s Miracle Man. Hit by a Perth bound diesel when he stepped from the cabin of the big X Class diesel at Midland Juncon on his way from Perth to Kalgoorlie, he sustained mulple injuries including severe head injuries, a double fracture of the jaw, broken nose and serious facial injuries. Bert was unconscious for a week aer the accident and on the Danger List at Royal Perth Hospital. Even though Bert changed physically and in personality, it was a remarkable achievement that he could return to engine driving. In fact, he drove the rst Prospector railcar into Kalgoorlie Railway Staon. On rerement Bert joined and rendered exemplary service to the community through the Lions Club of Merredin. His dedicated service to Lions by collecng used postage stamps for Lion charies, was awarded life membership. Tales from the Rails He was a life member and former Fairest and Best winner of the Railway Football Club in the Merredin Football Associaon. Bert was a long me playing member of the Merredin Golf Club and the Merredin Bowling Club. He claimed self-appointment as voluntary maintenance man at St Mary’s School and was acve in church acvies. Bert was also heavily involved with the St John Ambulance Associaon and an acve organiser of the very popular Railway picnic at Baandee Lakes. Bert’s connued service was further recognised when he was awarded the ulmate honour of a Melvin Jones Fellow Award. Bert Ventris died at the age of 91 having survived severe work place injuries to become a dedicated contributor to the Merredin community. Back Row (L to R) Norm Minchin, Les Johnson, Bert Ventris, Allan McKay, Jim Beard, Vince Sae, Gordon (Buck) Griths Front Row (L to R) Jim Medlen, George Beaton, Jack Bramley, Mick Bramley By LADY RANTHAM I wonder, does comming invenve murder in your mind, in a variety of interesng ways, lose you a lady point? This morning I had the good fortune to nab a seat, but the double misfortune of both a squiy sideways train (which you know I don’t like) and BroadSheet Boogie sat next to me at the next stop. BroadSheet Boogie is a cross between a new mum who hasn’t slept in a fortnight trying to fold a ed sheet and her hyperacve child with untreated ADHD on a bender of red cordial and a packet of Whizz Fizz le over from Halloween. Think a manspreader holding an irate octopus. BB sits down and looks like a normal person, who then starts to expand to ll the known universe. BB puts a bag down, gets out a newspaper and starts to manipulate it wildly to try to wrestle the thing into something vaguely readable. Now this sounds reasonable. What I haven’t told you is that BB is a speed reader. So in between the periods of relave calm, only hearing the whizzing noise of their eyes leaving scorching trails down the page, the paper then takes ight, explodes and starts breakdancing in your personal space, oang in a semi-permanent frenzy of being folded, unfolded, page-turned, folded, turned over, refolded, unfolded and then the whole nightmare starts again. This results in your elbow and shoulder (and occasionally a lile side-boob interference) being bumped every 15 seconds with each erupon, and the poor person on the other side of BB is trying to read a book, so has to put up with the intermient cacophony of rustling paper, slightly reminiscent of a bag full of angry wasps at war with a threshing machine. I’m lucky in that the noise is slightly migated from that by my headphones, but the elbow is slowly bruising as it’s not usually a high-trac area. So you do what everyone does, you try to nd the paern in the chaos. You try to me it, so you know when the next urry is coming. I scored a perfectly med interval in which I snuck an elbow under the paper and when it descended back into the reading zone, the corner ripped! I’m prey sure BookWoman sniggered

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12 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 BEAUTICIAN CARPENTER PEST CONTROL 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 0427 725 501 sarahsomers@iinet.net.au 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 COMPUTER TECH SUPPORT PHOTOCOPIERS COMMERCIAL

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16 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 By GRANT STAINER “Into the light” was the theme for the February meeng of the Merredin Camera Club, and there were quite a variety of ideas and interpretaons of the subject. Twelve photos lled the theme secon for February, and another 12 photos lled the open secon. The February judge was Ian Sampson. In the theme secon, Mr Sampson awarded gold to Julie Alvaro’s “Chasing at dusk” and “Grazing aer a drink”. Silver was awarded to Grant Stainer’s “Fluid dynamics”, and equal bronze was awarded to four dierent photos. In the open secon, gold was awarded to Chloe Willcocks’ “Sunset walk” and Kate Caughey’s “Canal Rocks”. Silver was awarded to Glen Riethmuller’s “Rockingham”, Julie Alvaro’s “Amazing Sunday storm”, and Lorraine Ryan’s “Harvest me”. Equal bronze was awarded to ve dierent “INTO THE LIGHT” CAMERA CLUB MEETING photos. Mr Sampson menoned a range of areas that can be used to improve photos, parcularly relang to composion and cropping. Club members voted somewhat to the judge in both the theme and open secons. In the theme secon, rst place went to Julie Alvaro’s “Grazing aer a drink”. Second place went to Grant Stainer’s “Fluid dynamics” and third place went to Kate Caughey’s “Tumbleweed”. In the club member’s open secon vong, rst place went to Chloe Willcocks’ “Sunset walk”. Equal second place went to Kate Caughey’s “Canal Rocks” and Julie Alvaro’s “Amazing Sunday storm”. Third place went to Grant Stainer’s “Wet and bedraggled”. The next meeng is scheduled for the 9th March, which will be our AGM and 2021 Photo of the Year judging. The Merredin Camera Club welcomes new members. For more informaon about the Merredin Camera Club, please email Kate Caughey at merredincameraclub@yahoo.com.au ‘Grazing aer a drink’ by Julie Alvaro ‘Canal Rocks’ by Kate Caughey ‘Harvest time’ by Lorraine Ryan ‘Sunset walk’ by Chloe Willcocks

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 17 By JULIE TOWNROW Friday the 4 March was the beginning of an 8 week trial to gauge the need for Merredin and the surrounding area to establish an Adult Day care and Respite Centre. During 2019-20, over one million people received support from aged care services in Australia (Dept of Health 2020). Of these 840,000 people used Home support, this program provides entry level services to help people remain independent. Home Care Packages enable people to remain living at home and in 2020 supported around 175,000 people, of which 67,000 used respite and short term stays in residenal respite and 25,000 for short term restorave care. In the past 10 years the number of people using home care programs has tripled with one in four or 25.6% of Australians in regional and remote locaons using aged care services. There are fewer aged care services in rural and remote Australia than in metropolitan regions. Older people who live in Remote and Very remote areas can face more barriers to accessing aged care services than older people living in Major cies and regional areas. A range of demographic, geographical, climac, cultural and socioeconomic factors contribute to the complexity of providing high-quality aged care services, especially in rural and remote communies (RDAA 2017). The proporon of older Australians using mainstream higher level aged care services (that is, residenal aged care and home care) tends to decrease as people live more remotely. This may reect people in rural and remote areas moving to access higher level services that are not available in their community. Mainstream services tend to be concentrated in more densely populated areas, with almost two-thirds (62%) of permanent residenal aged care facilies located in metropolitan areas and only 21% located in rural or remote areas In the 2018 ABS SDAC, an esmated 647,300 (17%) people aged 65 and over provided informal care and assistance within their household (18% of older men and 17% of older women were primary or secondary carers. Given these stascs, it stands to reason, that we need to care for our Carers, parcularly in regional and remote areas to maintain the wellness of carers and keep our aging populaon living at home for as long as is praccable. It has been an interesng journey so far, geng to a point where we are able to begin this trial and the support of the Senior Centre has been invaluable. The rst week saw 7 people aend the trial with many more enquiries, which is pleasing given the fact that very lile publicity was organised prior to the day and we hope that with wider publicity more people can aend. Although the Senior Centre is a great locaon to conduct our trial, it is not fully equipped to provide for the trial, areas to slumber are not available, arrangements suited to the variety of condions experienced by our ageing populaon are not available at this me. It has therefore been decided that four hours is a bit too long for parcipants to remain comfortable and engaged so the me has been altered from 10 am unl 2 pm to 10am unl 12 noon, this allows for two hours of respite for carers without parcipants disengaging with the program and its aims. For each aendee, details will be recorded and include Names, Addresses and Contact details for the purpose of Informaon disseminaon and use in evidence to support the Needs Assessment. This informaon will remain private and condenal and not be used for any other purpose apart from Covid Consideraon if required. Each week we will have a dierent acvity, and while I am no expert it is dicult to obtain professional people to provide acvies because of omicron and its impact on Health services in general. However we will carry on albeit naively unl we can see if the pilot project is worthy of a more formal trial that will seek reportable outcomes in support of a funding applicaon to establish an Emergency Respite and Day Care Centre in the region. Volunteers are available to care for your loved ones if you wish to register them for the trial. If you might require transport from within the Merredin Townsite, please advise either Rosemary or myself and we will arrange to have you picked up and returned home. Further details can be obtained by contacng Rosemary Lambert on 0439 746 300 or Julie Townrow on0429411377. ADULT DAY CARE AND EMERGENCY RESPITE TRIAL Don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap, Download the free SunSmart App Download the SunSmart app ARTS PROGRAM RENEWS AND STRENGTHENS LOCAL COMMUNITY CONNECTION Meridian Regional Arts Incorpo-rated, Community Wide Project 2, Deeper Connecons receives $80,886 funding. Ten regional and three metro arst-in-residence projects will receive grants through the McGowan Government’s $5 million Creave Communies COVID-19 Recovery Program. The grants aim to strengthen local connecon in response to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and support a ranage of iniaves including arts, mu-sic, theatre and visual arts. The Collaboraon category has now nished, with the Residen-cy category remaining open for applicaons unl March 31, 2022. These projects build greater community connecon and resilience through the arts. The 2021 Department of Local Gov-ernment, Sport and Cultural Industries Culture and Arts Monitor survey found that 87 per cent of people said that the arts make them feel good and 78 per cent feel the arts is valu-able for the community. The Creave Communies Pro-gram is supported by Loerywest and delivered by DLGSC.

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18 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 Basketball Tennis 24th April 2022 Under 12 Girls Royal Blue (26) d. Lime Green (6) Orange (20) d. White (15) Under 12 Boys Green (19) d. Black (18) Light Grey (34) d. Sky Blue (12) Yellow (16) d. Red (11) Under 16 Girls Lilac (34) d. Lime Green (27) Sky Blue (46) d. White (27) Under 16 Boys Orange (41) d. Black (36) Pink (43) d. Yellow (42) Royal Blue (30) d. Green (21) Light Grey (24) d. Red (19) By MICHELLE GETHIN The Central Districts Tennis Zone Singles provided a compeve plaorm for all the mini Ash Bartys and Rafael Nadals out there to test themselves against their peers on Sunday 27th February in Cunderdin. The numbers were again strong in the 10 years & under and the 12 years & under boys secons which made for some incredibly tough matches. One young lad endured three ebreak matches! It was pleasing to see everyone trying their hardest and there was lots of fantasc sportsmanship on display. Results 10 years & Under Girls Winner: Greta Gethin (Merredin Districts) 10 years & Under Girls Runner-up: Abigail Bailey (Beverley) 10 years & Under Boys Winner: Mahew Ashworth (York) 10 years & Under Boys Runner-up: Liam Leeson (Meckering) 12 years & Under Girls Winner: Sadie Draper (York) 12 years & Under Girls Runner Up: Madison Potocznyj (Northam) 12 years & Under Boys Winner: Archie Gethin (Merredin Districts) 12 years & Under Boys Runner-up: Charlie Growden (Merredin Districts) 14 years & Under Girls Winner: Jianna Matres (Northam) 14 years & Under Girls Runner-up: Jon Leeson (Meckering) 14 years & Under Boys Winner: Jacob Billing (Merredin Districts) 14 years & Under Boys Runner-up: Jayden Oliver (Northam) The 2021-22 tennis season is fast coming to a close. There is just one more junior tournament in York (Sunday 3rd April) which is followed by CBH Country Week on 9-11th April. Follow the Central Districts Tennis Associaon Facebook page to keep up to date with all things junior tennis in our area. 3rd March 2022 Under 12 Girls Orange (26) d. Royal Blue (6) White (19) d. Lime Green (4) Under 12 Boys Green (30) d. Red (20) Light Grey (28) d. Yellow (20) Black (40) d. Sky Blue (5) Under 16 Girls Lilac (48) d. Sky blue (46) Lime Green (40) d. White (39) Under 16 Boys Pink (64) d. Royal Blue (41) Orange (49) d. Green (29) Red (45) d. Yellow (21) Black (27) d. Light Grey (25) Eight local children who competed in Cunderdin. Kate Growden, Greta Gethin, Charlie Growden, Archie Gethin, Thomas Billing, Jim Lee, Jacob Billing and Jordan Billing The Men had a good eld of competors who took part in their Singles compeon. The nal came down to Darren Postans and Sco Cooper, with the winner being Sco Cooper. Lawn Bowls 2021/2022 Bowling Season The Ladies had some good bowls played on the day of their Singles event with the nal coming down to Norma Henderson and Jenny Wolfenden, with the winner being Norma Henderson. The women in the Civic Bowling Club have qualied 4th in the Pennant Finals to be played at Narembeen on Wednesday the 9th of March. The top three qualiers are Corrigin Gold Tammin and Corrigin Blue. Sco Cooper Norma Henderson

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 19 By RUSSEL ROBERTS The Merredin Basketball Associaon was excited to again be sending teams o to compete in the Basketball WA Country Championships held on the weekends during February and March. Aer only sending one team away in 2021, it was great to see a total of six teams comprising players from the age of 9 to almost 40 o to represent the Associaon. First up on the weekend of 5th and 6th February was our Under 13 Boys team of Archie Gethin, Ashton Thompson, Brock Barne, Charlie Growden, Jaxon Bill, Koby Sayers, Nash Garre, Nicholas Elliot and William Elliot. Unfortunately, they didn’t come away with a win for the weekend, but this was the rst me playing at a higher level for most of the team, with games against Eaton, Collie, Northam, Byford, Bridgetown and Eaton. They nished Division 3 Pool 2 in 6th posion. A big thanks to Kat White for coaching, Erin Elliot as Team Manager and all the other parents who helped over the weekend. Next on the weekend of 12th and 13th February was our Under 13 Girls team of Camee Roberts, Ellie Atkinson, Gracie Hayes-Thompson, Isabella Stones, Jasmine White, Kate Growden, Leila Hayden, Lilly Townrow and Tamia Cole. They had ve wins over Narrogin, Dongara, Manjimup, Busselton and Harvey and a loss to Eaton, nishing Division 3 in 2nd posion. They went on to win the Grand Final against Manjimup, with Tamia Cole being awarded MVP of that game – a huge congratulaons to the team. A big thanks to Kat White for coaching, Dionne Alber and Sonya Smith as Team Managers and all the other parents who helped over the weekend. Basketball MERREDIN BASKETBALL REPRESENTS AT COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS The weekend of 26th and 27th February saw our Under 16 Boys and Under 18 Boys compeng. The Under 16 Boys team of Angus Townrow, Archer Gardiner, Kurs Jones, Lincoln Withers, Lucas Griths, Olumide Onikola, Xander Boehme and Zion Fogarty. They had three wins over Dongara, Australind and Mandurah and losses to Busselton, Bridgetown, Denmark and Narrogin, nishing Division 3 Pool 1 in 6th posion. A big thanks to Ethan Price for coaching, Tom Downsborough as Assistant Coach (unfortunately he was unable to play as sll recovering from injury), Janelle Lane as Team Manager and all the parents who helped over the weekend. The Under 18 Boys team of Bailey Smith, Campbell Gardiner, Connor Davey, Jack Truglio, Kris Hayden Jnr, Malakai Fitzergerald-McIntosh and Noah Hayes-Thompson, had three wins over Busselton, Harvey and Bridgetown and losses to Katanning and Narrogin, nishing Division 3 Pool 1 in 3rd posion. A big thanks to Kris Hayden Snr and Michael Hayden for coaching, Philippa Davey as Team Manager and all the other parents who helped out over the weekend. Finally on the long weekend 5th and 7th March, both our Mens and Womens teams were in acon. The Mens team of Ashton Kicke, Codan Daddow, Ethan Price, Jessie Price, Kris Hayden Jnr, Kris Hayden Snr, Riley Price and Russell Roberts, had wins over Northam, Pinjarra, Geraldton and Yilgarn and losses to Australind and Waroona, nishing Division 5 Pool 2 in 2nd posion. A big thanks to Russell Roberts as Team Manager, Nicola Beck, Phoebe Hayden and Marika Hayden for doing our scoring dues for the weekend. The Womens team of Courtney Crook, Jasmin Griths, Kate Dixon, Lana Drakefored, Nicola Beck, Phoebe Hayden and Rebecca Nelson, had a win over Yilgarn and losses to Waroona, Denmark, Karratha and Busselton, nishing Division 4 Pool 2 in 4th posion. A big thanks to Kat White for coaching, Nicola Beck as Team Manager and Marika Hayden for scoring. The Associaon would also like to thank Errol McGrath, Lesley Watson and Russell Roberts for coordinang everything this year – there is a lot of work behind the scenes required before we get to playing. Also a very big thank you to Aviso WA Insurance Brokers for sponsoring new team polo shirts and IGO Limited for sponsoring our junior teams accommodaon, your contribuons are greatly appreciated and make a big dierence to our small Associaon. Under 13 Boys Under 13 Girls – grand nal winners Under 16 Boys Under 18 Boys Womens Under 18 Boys Mens (their beer side!)

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20 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 CLASSIFIEDS Posions Vacant

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 10th March 2022 21 CLASSIFIEDS Posions Vacant Horoscopes ARIES 21 March—19 April Being with friends who share something in common with you can be inspiraonal. TAURUS 20 April-26 May It is me to review what you have accomplished and wind-up unnished business. GEMINI 21 May-20 June Let your mind wander and you may be surprised to discover a whole new side to life. CANCER 21 June-22 July You have a lot of pent-up energy – use it help someone else and you will feel beer too. LEO 23 July-22 August You have a lot of pent-up energy – use it help someone else and you will feel beer too. VIRGO 23 August-22 September It is a month of change where dreams could come true, parcularly at work. LIBRA 23 September-22 October Changes at home may bring some stress but will eventually lead to contentment. SCORPIO 23 October-21 November It is me to focus on creang a harmonious environment in your home. SAGITTARIUS 22 November-21 December Unexpected news from your past could prompt you to make a drasc decision. CAPRICORN 22 December-19 January A slower pace of thinking, your best course of acon this month. AQUARIUS 20 January-18 February Communicaon is key for you now to prevent confusion about expectaons. PISCES 19 February-20 March Don’t be so hard on yourself. Share responsibility with others.

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22 THE PHOENIX Thursday 10 March 2022 CLASSIFIEDS Posions Vacant Public Noces Merredin Repertory Club AGM Tuesday 15th March 7pm, Tivoli Room. All Welcome. Noce is hereby given that the Annual General Meeng (and pre-season meeng) of the Narembeen & Bruce Rock Darts Associaon will be held on Tuesday 15th March 2022 commencing 7.30pm, at the Bruce Rock District Club . It is desirable for there to be a minimum of two representaves from each team present at the meeng, not including the current Execuve of the Associaon. For enquiries, or to give your apologies for being unable to aend this meeng, please contact the undersigned. Mike Darby 0429 498 022 darbygethin3@bigpond.com.

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