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Friday, July 17th, 2020 PHONE: 9041 1041
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As at 13 July 2020
Tested 209,072
Confirmed Cases 635
Recovered 606
Deaths 9
Active cases in WA 20
COVID-19 in Australia
New cases since 30 June
WA24 (total 635)—Deaths 9
ACT—5 (total 113)—Deaths 3
NSW— 176 (total 3492)
Deaths 49
NT2 (total 31)—Deaths 0
QLD—5 (total 1071)—Deaths 6
SA0 (total 443)—Deaths 4
TAS—0 (total 228)—Deaths 13
VIC—1,808 (total 3967)
Deaths 24
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Pet Cemetery named in honour of
Trevor Elliott
Merredin Pet Cemetery was recently
CEMETERY to recognise the
wonderful dedication and
commitment by Trevor over 10
The Pet Cemetery was constructed in
2002, following the signing of a 99
year lease between China Southern
West Australian Flying College and
Merredin on the Move
(amalgamated into Merredin CRC)
with the first burial taking place in
November 2003.
Trevor Ellio in front of the new Trevor
Ellio Pet Cemetery sign
The volunteer Caretaker from 2003
to January 2010 was Alan Ferrier
with Trevor Elliott assisting from
2009. Trevor officially taking over
the role of Caretaker in February
2010 and has continued this role
until now, when his health has not
permitted him to continue.
Trevor has been an amazing
volunteer for the Pet Cemetery,
digging the graves by hand
throughout summer and winter and
carrying out the burials with the
utmost care and respect for the
owners and the animals. Trevor was
articulate with the plan for the
overall Cemetery ensuring Rows and
Plots and gravel paths which made it
easy for people returning to visit
their pets to walk through the
Cemetery and find the graves. He
marked the corners of each grave
with small white metal crosses, he
cut and painted and presented the
owners with a Sympathy Card.
Trevor was keen to have some trees
planted to give some shade and
aesthetic appeal, but not having
access to water at the Cemetery,
Trevor would fill up containers and
cart them out on his trailer to water
the trees, which I am pleased to say
have survived. Trevor carried out
various maintenance at the Cemetery
using his own equipment and most of
the time at his own expense without
any expectation of being thanked or
The Pet Cemetery currently has 189
pets – 163 dogs, 20 cats, 3 horses
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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
0-4 Amity Health Playgroup—call
Claire Smith or email
A Choired Taste Mondays 7pm—
9pm at 47 Coronation Street. Call
Emma Aitken 0487 351 167 or
Chloe Willcocks 0438 891 761.
All Saints Anglican Church
Contact Pauline 9044 1076 or Su
0427 412 709.
Bootscooting—Monday nights 7pm
at the Cummins Theatre. First night
free. Beginners to advanced. Call
Anjoeen on 9041 3005 or see Sue at
the Chemist or Lyn at the Post
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 Club—Email
Daina for more info at
Merredin Churches Fraternal—St
Marys Catholic Church corner
South Ave & Pioneer Road,
Merredin. Thursday 30th July 7pm.
Merredin Church of Christ
Sundays 10am on Throssell Road.
Ross 0439 964 466. Ross can also
be contacted for weekly bible
Merredin Community Garden
Group Inc—for information please
contact the Chairperson, Gillian
Ovans 0427 701 655 or by email
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—Meeting 22nd July 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 5th August
at 5pm.
Heather’s Hearsay
What is your Bookclub all about?
Merredin Rifle Club—Call Steve
for more info on 0467 173 753.
Merredin United in Prayer—30th
July 2020. Catholic Church. 7pm.
Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled
until further notice. Call 0427 412
Peoples Baptist Church—
Kellerberrin 11am Sunday
Workshop. Ph 0435 284 796.
Playgroup—Contact Carissa Amm
on 0433 340 441.
Red Hat Lunch—Contact Julie
Townrow 0429 411 377 or email
Seniors Centre—Activities
suspended until further notice.
Jeannette Fegan 0429 471 425.
Seniors Centre Morning Tea
Suspended until further notice.
Seniors Gentle GymSuspended
until further notice.
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Has re-opened for worshipping.
Everyone welcome. Call 0429 770
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 Kirsty
on 9041 1041. For all ages and
levels of physical fitness.
Uniting Church—Fifth Street, 9am
Sunday service. Call 0428 125 613.
Westonia Croquet Club—Call John
Corsini on 0429 467 170 or Keith
Downsborough on 0482 445 046.
Wildflower Society Merredin
Branch—Call President Mal Harper
on 0437 388 292.
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Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin,
Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin,
Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen,
Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin,
Trayning & Westonia.
Toni McKenzie
I get the opportunity
to spend time with
likeminded women
who are not
necessarily in my
social group or
network. It
stretches your world
view and they often
choose books I
wouldnt ordinarily
choose to read.
Anjoeen Wells—Thumbs up to
the Premier for keeping our
borders closed and keeping us
in our safe bubble.
Pixie ONeill
Sharing thoughts
and emotions
raised by the book
to enhance our
experience. Also
reading books
chosen by others
that you would
never have
chosen yourself.
Bruce Rock Book Chicks. Its about sharing a love of
reading amongst friends. Reading books
recommended by others that you might not usually
choose for yourself. The bonus is sharing dinner
every month with a group of likeminded awesome
women who are stimulating both mentally and
emotionally. They help view a
novel through a different lens
and constantly make us
reconsider opinions. For the
discussions, the catch up with
mates and the inevitable deep
and rolling belly laughter.
Kristy Ashwin—Thumbs up to
the school holiday library craft
activities, Amity Health
Playgroup school holiday
program and Merredin Cinema
and Café for affordable movie
tickets. Both my kids have had
a great week, costing us next to
nothing! We also had some
fun at the Peak and Play indoor
playground when the weather
was wet.
Mathew Natt—Thumbs up for
Wheatbelt Tech Supplies, good
range and good people.
Steph Gregory—Thumbs up to
the Shire of Merredin for their
range of community forums
this week to get input into the
future of Merredin.
and red
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th, 2020 3
and 3 kangaroos, from 10 towns in
the central wheatbelt and some from
the metropolitan area. The Merredin
CRC has received lots of wonderful
comments about Trevor over the
years and we all whole-heartedly
agree with them. We are very lucky
to have such a passionate, caring and
committed volunteer at the Pet
Cemetery for over 10 years and that
is why Trevor is being recognised by
naming the Cemetery, TREVOR
Representatives of the CRC were
pleased to celebrate the naming of
(Continued from page 1)
Pet Cemetery named in
honour of Trevor Elliott cont.
the Pet Cemetery with Trevor on
Sunday 12 July with an afternoon tea
and thank him for everything he has
done over the years.
Trevor said I have always liked
doing things for people and the
community and I just wanted to
make a sad time a little better for
people. I have enjoyed looking after
the cemetery and never expected any
If anyone would like to help out with
CEMETERY, please contact
Merredin CRC on 9041 1041.
Trevor tells some stories about his me with the Pet Cemetery
The Shire of Merredins RESET.
community consultation workshops
began last Wednesday evening at the
Tivoli Room, with the Business
Community coming together to share
ideas for the future of Merredin.
40+ local business owners and
managers attended the event, as the
group used the opportunity to talk
about issues that emerged during
COVID-19 and what the Shire can
do to assist businesses during the
recovery phase.
The workshop was facilitated by
Wheatbelt Business Networks
Caroline Robinson, with the
assistance of panel members Shire of
Merredin Temporary CEO Mark
Dacombe and Shire President Julie
Flockart. Honourable Melissa Price,
MP for Durack and Minister for
Defence Industry, was also in
attendance as a panel member.
REGENERATE community
consultation program is part of a
Shire consults Community on
Merredins Future
Shire President Julie Flockart, Shire of
Merredin Temporary CEO Mark
Dacombe, WBNs Caroline Robinson and
Hon. Melissa Price, MP
major review of the Shires Strategic
Community Plan. The consultation
program allows locals to have their
say about how the Shire and
community can work together to
respond to the major issues
impacting the town, and share ideas
about what Merredin will look like in
The Shire of Merredin would like to
thank all community members who
have attended the consultation
workshops so far, and encourage
attendance at the remaining sessions.
To view the remaining sessions, head
On the 15
March 2020, just 6 days
before the Merredin Show was to
happen, the Prime Minister
announced gatherings of more than
500 to be cancelled due to COVID-
This was extremely disappointing,
not only to the Merredin Show
Committee and Coordinators, who
had spent (359) days planning the
Merredin Show, but the community
in general.
After the initial shock, reality set in
and the Committee and
Coordinators were confronted with
notifying everyone who had been
booked for the show
entertainment, rides etc, as well as
all the stalls, sponsors and general
public. Then came the task of
trying to recoup as much of the
expenses that had already been paid
out and approaching sponsors and
stallholders about the options of
Merredin Show receives Lotterywest support
refunds, rolling over the funds to the
2021 Show or the possibility of
donating the funds to offset the
proposed loss.
The Merredin Show Committee and
Coordinators were extremely
overwhelmed with so many of the
stallholders, sponsors and individuals
generosity and willingness to donate
their fees, sponsorship and support,
which resulted in $11,600 donations,
$13,360 rolled-over to the 2021
Show and $4,615 being refunded.
The next job over the week 16 21
March, was to sell as many raffle
tickets as possible. The Committee
were very pleased and grateful to the
many people who put in an
enormous effort to sell ALL the
raffle tickets.
After all finances were completed,
the Show was looking at a loss of
The Merredin Show was one of
many community events around the
state to be impacted by the
cancellation due to COVID-19, so it
was pleasing to see Lotterywest
announce on 30 March, the COVID-
19 Relief Fund for Event
Cancellation, along with the Sector
Support for Resilient Organisations
Grants. The Show Committee
submitted applications for both
grants and were very pleased to
receive $10,176 for the Event
Cancellation and $4,824 for Sector
Support to purchase new equipment
to enable the coordination of the
Merredin Show to be done remotely
should it be required in the future, so
a big thankyou to Lotterywest!
So now we look forward to the 2021
Show, preparations have already
begun for a massive show in 2021,
but the Committee will also be
looking to do some fundraising to
cover the last $2,158 loss from this
If you have ever considered being
involved in a really fun, rewarding
and challenging role and considered
being on the Show Committee, now
is the time to get involved, please
contact Kirsty on 9041 1041.
4 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
Court Report
Monday 29th June 2020
Kalgoorlie Courthouse
Peter Litwin appeared on charges of
2 counts of dangerous driving
causing bodily harm in a manner that
was dangerous to the public. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Kalgoorlie on the 16th December
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Armadale Courthouse
Adam Psailia was convicted of a
breach of police order. He was fined
$750 and ordered of pay costs of
$118.50. He also received a
suspended imprisonment order.
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Perth Courthouse
Benjamin Chidwala appeared on
charges of exceeding the speed limit
between 20 and 29km/h and having
no authority to drive (disqualified
from holding or obtaining). The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Perth on the 29th July 2020.
Friday 3rd July 2020
Perth Courthouse
Christopher Milosz appeared on
charges of 2 counts of possessing
drug paraphernalia in or on which
there was a prohibited drug or plant.
He was remanded to appear in Perth
on the 21st September 2020.
Monday 6th July 2020
Kalgoorlie Courthouse
Marcus Blake was convicted of
reckless driving exceeding the speed
limit by 45km/h or more on a length
of road and having no authority to
drive—suspended (other than fines
suspension), he was fined $1,000 for
each offence, was ordered to pay
costs of $225.90 and received a life
suspension from driving.
Northam Courthouse
Christopher Milosz appeared on
charges of possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property. He
was remanded to appear in Northam
on the 13th July 2020.
Abe Thornton was convicted of 2
counts of driving contrary to
specified time, purpose, locality or
road on an extraordinary licence. He
was fined $600 and ordered to pay
costs of $225.90.
Perth Courthouse
Ralph Palmer appear on charges of 2
counts of driving with a prescribed
illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. He
was remanded to appear in Perth on
the 21st July 2020.
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Stephen Akers plead guilty to having
no authority to drive—suspended
(other than fines suspension), he was
fined $1000, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90 and had his licence
suspended for a further 9 months.
Shane Blake appeared on charges of
having no authority to drive—
suspended (other than fines
suspension) and 2 counts of careless
driving causing death, grievous
bodily harm or bodily harm. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 6th October 2020.
Rebecca Butler was convicted of
exceeding the speed limit between
10 and 19km/h and having no
authority to drive (expired), she was
fined $500 and ordered to pay costs
of $225.90.
Annette Butler Main plead guilty to
exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml
of blood, she was fined $500,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90 and
had her licence suspended for 6
Christopher Davis was convicted of
possessing drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant, he was fined $400 and
ordered to pay costs of $399.
David Dhu appeared on charges of
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis) and failing to comply
with requirements made by a
member of the police force. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 21st July 2020.
David Downton appeared on a
charge of driving with a prescribed
illicit drug in oral fluid or blood.
The matter was adjourned to appear
in Merredin on the 8th September
John Driscoll was convicted of
reckless driving and using an
unlicensed vehicle on a road, he was
fined $1000, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90, to pay a half annual licence
fee of $225.90 and had his licence
suspended for 6 months.
Jordan Dyt appeared on charges of
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis), possessing a prohibited
drug (Methylamphetamine) and 2
counts of possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Perth on the 31st July 2020.
Kim Friis appeared on charges of
contravening or failing to comply
with any provision of regulations,
possessing or copying an indecent or
obscene article, inadequate storage
facility for firearms and failing to
ensure safe-keeping of firearm/
ammunition. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 21st July 2020.
Joe Goedhart appeared on charges of
inadequate storage facility for
firearms, cultivating a prohibited
plant, possessing drug paraphernalia
in or on which there was a prohibited
drug or plant and possessing a
prohibited drug (Cannabis). The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 4th August 2020.
Travis Haines was convicted of
possessing a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine), he was fined
$400 and ordered to pay costs of
Michael Hallett appeared on charges
of 21 counts of being a person who
was cruel to an animal. The matters
were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 21st July 2020.
Nigel Hallett appeared on charges of
13 counts of being a person who was
cruel to an animal. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 21st July 2020.
Hallett Farm Group Pty Ltd appeared
on charges of 9 counts of being a
person who was cruel to an animal.
The matters were adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 21st July
Shauna Hansen appeared on charges
of burglary and commit and stealing.
She was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 5th August 2020.
Allan Hayden appeared on charges
of 2 counts of being a person who
breaches CRO or community order
without reasonable excuse, unlawful
assault and thereby did bodily harm
with circumstances of aggravation
and a breach of protective bail
conditions. He was remanded in
custody to appear in Northam on the
13th July 2020.
Joshua Hayden appeared on charges
of having no authority to drive
(disqualified from holding or
obtaining) and using an unlicensed
vehicle on a road. He was remanded
in custody to appear in Northam on
the 13th July 2020.
Hillview Farm Pty Ltd appeared on
charges of 4 counts of being a person
who was cruel to an animal. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 21st July 2020.
Kevin Humphries appeared on a
charge of unlawful assault and
thereby did bodily harm with
circumstances of aggravation. He
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 4th August 2020.
Irene Jetta was convicted of stealing
and 2 counts of gains benefit by
fraud. She received a 8 month
community based order.
David Lindroth appeared on charges
of 2 counts of unlawful and indecent
assault and while in a place of
another without consent committed
offence (in aggravated
circumstances). He was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 4th
August 2020.
Nicole Little appeared on charges of
2 counts of assaulting a public
officer, being armed or pretending to
be armed in a way that may cause
fear, disorderly behaviour in public
and common assault. She was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 21st July 2020.
Trevor Major appeared on charges of
allowing the clearing of native
vegetation to occur without
authorisation. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 21st July 2020.
Kellie McGlynn appeared on a
charge of assaulting a public officer.
She was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 4th August 2020.
Damien Miller appeared on a charge
of failing to comply with
requirements made by a member of
the police force. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 4th August 2020. He also plead
guilty to possessing a prohibited
drug (Cannabis) and was fined $200.
Richard Miller was convicted of
using an unlicensed vehicle on a
road, was fined $50 ordered to pay
costs of $225.90 and to pay a half
annual licence fee of $13.30.
Aaron Moody-Jackamarra appeared
on charges of stealing, reckless
driving to escape pursuit by police,
having no authority to drive—
suspended (other than fines
suspension) and being the driver of a
vehicle who failed to comply with a
direction to stop (circumstances of
aggravation). He was remanded in
custody to appear in Merredin on the
4th November 2020.
Clinton Murray was convicted of
having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), was fined $200 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Paul Neve was convicted of driving
with a prescribed illicit drug in oral
fluid or blood, was fined $600,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90, to
pay an analyst fee of $177 and had
his licence suspended for 6 months.
Pinehill Farm Pty Ltd appeared on
charges of 5 counts of being a person
who was cruel to an animal. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 21st July 2020.
Shaun Puru plead guilty to driving
with a prescribed illicit drug in oral
fluid or blood. He was fined $300
and ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Megan Russell appeared on charges
of having no authority to drive
suspended (other than fines
suspension), driving, causing or
permitting a vehicle with a forged,
replica or false plate to be driven on
a road and using an unlicensed
vehicle on a road. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on
the 3rd August 2020.
Kerry Smith was convicted of
disorderly behaviour in public and
failing to comply with a request to
give police personal details. He was
fined $1000 and ordered to pay costs
of $225.90.
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THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th, 2020 5
Sunpride Sheep Pty Ltd appeared on
charges of 14 counts of being a
person who was cruel to an animal.
The matters were adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 21st July
Nathan Tengvall appeared on
charges of 3 counts of driving with a
prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or
blood, 2 counts of possessing a
prohibited drug (Methyl-
amphetamine), 3 counts of failing to
comply with requirements made by a
member of the police force, 3 counts
of having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), exceeding the speed
limit between 10 and 19km/h and
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis). He was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 8th
September 2020.
Jamie Tonella plead guilty to driving
with a trailer or other vehicle
attached over the speed limit and
having no authority to drive (expired
overseas or interstate licence). He
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 21st July 2020.
Perth Courthouse
Samuel Chea was convicted of
having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), he was fined $500 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Teio Anderson was convicted of
having no authority to drive—
suspended (other than fines
suspension), possessing a prohibited
drug (Cannabis) and disorderly
behaviour in public. He was fined
$200 and received an imprisonment
order for 1 year and 6 months (this
sentence includes other charges).
Court Report
Meet Your Phoenix Distributor
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Ive been selling fuel for 21 years
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living here. It is safe and friendly
and there are some wonderful
people living here and in the district
who have supported me through
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for local people and we are so lucky
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Library Musings
Hi all. The Merredin Library
continues to receive new items into
stock, even under current
restrictions. The new normal has
allowed many people to re-assess
what is important. Here are some
selections that fit these new
How to grow fresh air by B C
Wolverton contains scientific
research with practical tips on how
to grow and care for houseplants,
explaining why they are more
important than ever for our health.
I quit plastics and you can too by
Kate Nelson includes 60 + lifestyle
recipes to cut waste, live clean and
change the world. Kate has been
disposable-plastic free for a decade,
starting small such as refusing
straws and carrying a reusable cup
for takeaway coffee. The book
contains lots of information, how-tos
and tips to help you cook, clean,
shop, wear and live plastic-free.
How to save your planet one object
at a time by Dr Tara Shine looks at
finding solutions to the crisis facing
our planet. The book explains that
understanding our impact on the
planet, from driving to the toiletries
we use, could help us make more
informed choices about our habits
and parts of our daily lives. Dr
Shine looks at the environmental
significance of commonplace
objects from mobile phones to
televisions, from pens and paper to
drinking straws and wet wipes.
Remember all Merredin Library
members have 24/7 access to
e-resources such as e-books,
e-audiobooks and e-magazines.
Library membership is free so call
9041 1222 or come in to find out
more. Library staff are always
happy to help.
Police Report
make contact they can alert
emergency services. Take
appropriate provisions and recovery
equipment and undertake four
wheel driver training. Better yet
STOP driving on salt lakes.
Police will not recover your vehicle
and it is very expensive for off-road
recovery contractors. Luckily,
neither family required medical
attention. Police with the assistance
of recovery contractors located and
recovered both vehicles.
More safety information can be
obtained from the WA Police
Website –
Enjoy our amazing state but plan
By Acting Sergeant TYLER
WINTER—Merredin Police
Over the weekend Merredin and
Southern Cross Police were called
to assist in two separate incidents
where people had become bogged
in their four wheel drives on salt
lakes. To make matters worse, there
was no phone reception at either
incident, so both families were
stranded without any help. One
family was forced to stay overnight
before Police were notified the
following day and could assist in
rescuing the young family.
Police remind everyone travelling
to be prepared. Let people know
where you are going and for how
long, schedule contact with a
trusted person so when you dont
Vehicle bogged in the salt lake
8th July 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Luke Brown appeared on a charge of
assault occasioning bodily harm.
The matter was adjourned to appear
in Perth on the 10th September 2020.
13th July 2020
Northam Courthouse
Brian Gill appeared on charges of 3
counts of common assault in
circumstances of aggravation or
racial aggravation, stealing, breach
of bail undertaking, possess a
prohibited drug (Cannabis) and a
breach of protective bail conditions.
He was remanded to appear in
Northam on the 3rd August 2020.
Allan Hayden appeared on charges
of 2 counts of being a person who
breaches CRO or community order
without reasonable excuse, unlawful
assault and thereby did bodily harm
with circumstances of aggravation
and a breach of protective bail
conditions. He was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 19th
August 2020.
Joshua Hayden was convicted of
having no authority to drive
(disqualified from holding or
obtaining) and using an unlicensed
vehicle on a road. He was fined
$1,500, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90, to pay a half annual licence
fee of $145.15 and had his licence
suspended for 9 months.
Christopher Milosz appeared on
charges of possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property. He
was remanded to appear in Northam
on 14th September 2020.
6 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
Phase 4
Western Australias COVID-19
restrictions have been relaxed even
further, as WAs roadmap is updated
to complete the removal of all
Due to the world-leading response to
COVID in WA, Phase 4 started on
Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday,
26 June) and has resulted in:
all existing gathering limits and
the 100/300 rule removed
gathering limits only determined
by WAs reduced
2 square metre rule
the 2 square metre rule will only
include staff at venues that hold
more than 500 patrons
removal of seated service
requirements at food businesses
and licensed premises
no requirement to maintain
patron register at food businesses
and licensed premises
alcohol can be served as part of
Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap pushed back
The WA Roadmap
unseated service arrangements
all events permitted except for
large scale, multi-stage music
unseated performances permitted
at venues such as concert halls,
live music venues, bars, pubs and
gyms operating unstaffed, but
regular cleaning must be
the casino gaming floor reopening
under agreed temporary
For WAs major sport and
entertainment venues, a 50 per cent
capacity rule applies. Therefore,
under Phase 4, the temporary
capacity of major stadiums is:
Optus Stadium
Sport: 30,633
Concerts: 35,000
HBF Park
Sport: 10/150
Concerts: 16,500
RAC Arena
Sport: 7,150
Concerts: 8,250
Western Australians must continue
to keep up physical distancing where
possible and maintain good personal
hygiene to better protect themselves
and the general health of our
WA businesses will be expected to
ensure their COVID Safety Plans are
updated and continue to be
COVID Safety plans help mitigate
the risk of COVID-19, are in line
with health advice and provide extra
confidence to patrons and staff
entering the business premises.
Phase 5
Based on the latest health advice,
Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19
roadmap, due to be implemented on
Saturday, 18 July, has been pushed
Phase 5 would see remaining
restrictions removed, except WAs
hard border and access to remote
Aboriginal communities.
It would also see the removal of
WAs 2 square metre rule and the 50
per cent capacity for our major
The new tentative date for Phase 5
will now be Saturday, 1 August. A
final decision on whether Phase 5
can proceed on this date will be
decided in the last week of July.
Phase 6
Phase 6 was going to include the
removal of WAs hard border with
the rest of the country and travel
restrictions currently in place for
remote Aboriginal communities.
A tentative date for the removal of
WAs hard border was planned to be
included as part of Phase 6, however,
this was put on hold due to the
rapidly evolving situation in
When an indicative date is set in the
future, it will be contingent on
locally acquired infection rates in the
eastern states.
The WA hard border will only be
removed when the WA Chief Health
Officer is confident the spread of
infection is controlled in the eastern
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Precious Plastics
Over the past 6 years Precious
Plastic has become a globa l
movement of thousands of people
applying their creative genius to
solve the plastic waste problem.
Together. As a recycling army.
Dave Hakkens, a 30 year guy
from the Netherlands who likes
working on global problems,
trying to fix them by shooting
some ideas at it. From reducing e-
waste with a modular phone to
making informative videos or
developing machines to boost
plastic recycling. He graduated
from the Design Academy in
Eindhoven and works in an old
post office in Helmond,
Mr Hakkens mission is giving
people around the world the tools
and resources to reduce plastic on a
local scale. The power of the
internet is crucial for his work, as
his projects get bigger than what
he can handle on his own. It was
started in the Netherlands in 2013 by
Dave Hakkens, who put the
blueprints of simple plastic recycling
machines online and made them
freely available in an effort to
encourage people to make the world
a better place.
Bread tags
The humble bread tag was once
considered waste that could only end
up in landfill, but a new partnership
between a charity and a small
recycling business, Transmutation, in
the regional South Australian town
of Robe, is changing that. They hope
to encourage more communities to
find creative ways to recycle their
own small waste.
Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
collects thousands of tags from
around Australia, which would
otherwise end up in landfill and sells
them to recycler Brad Scott who
turns them into products like bowls
and doorknobs.
While melting down plastic waste
and recycling it into everyday items
may seem like common sense, Mr
Scott is one of few in the country
actually doing it.
The machine Mr Scott uses is
inspired by the Precious Plastic
project, the brainchild of Dutch
industrial design student Dave
Hakkens. "He basically wants
everyone to make their own plastic
recycling machines and start
recycling plastic," Mr Scott said.
"I really wanted to show that in a
community about the size of Robe,
we can start doing a lot more to
recycle the plastics instead of trying
to send it somewhere else for
someone else to fix the problem.
"We need to bring it back to
community and come up with these
small industries, and even scale up to
Recycler Brad Sco with the bowl he made from 1,870 used bread tags (ABC
South East SA)
a bit larger, but there's a lot you can
do in your own community."
In Robe, the local Men's Shed
and aged care residents
volunteered to help sort them into
separate colours.
Plastic bottle tops and lids
Lids are made of hard plastic but
they are too small to recycle and
simply fall down to the bottom of the
industrial machines at the recycling
Narelle Kuppers and husband Stijn,
joined the Precious Plastic
movement, which has more than
40,000 people committed to finding
a solution for plastic pollution and
founded Precious Plastic Margaret
River in December 2018.
Narelle and Stijn focused on the
collection and recycling of plastic
lids, which were easy to store and
Stijn was able to use his engineering
expertise to make the machines
required using the online plans,
including a shredder to turn the lids
into flakes; an extrusion machine to
turn the flakes into a line of plastic;
an injection machine to heat the
flakes and put them into a mould and
a compression machine to heat the
plastic in an oven and press into
larger moulds.
Ms Kuppers said they put
advertisements in the local
community pages to let people know
they were collecting the lids and they
were thrilled with how quickly
people came onboard.
They also went to local markets to
spread the word and sold items to
replace single-use plastic in order to
fund their business.
Such was the response, after 12
months of working from their
backyard, they collected 300
kilograms of lids - which at two
grams each makes for a lot of lids.
In 2019 they also got to the point that
their house was full of plastic and
needed to look for a new base, which
came in the form of a shed on
Bussell Highway in Cowaramup,
which they leased for two years and
started up a not-for-profit business.
The local Lions Club generously
decked out the shed with furniture.
Ms Kuppers said the business
received a big boost in the form of a
$60,000 grant from the WA Waste
Authority, which had allowed them
to build a 3D printer, injection
machine, mould machine and buy an
industrial shredder and two industrial
Coronavirus-related restrictions put a
temporary halt to proceedings for
Narelle Kuppers, and the process of
receiving and recycling the lids has
since been more labour-intensive.
However, Ms Kuppers says
householders are contributing
plastics at a "pleasingly astonishing
"We've had to change how we
receive the lids and we have to now
soak them in a cleaning solution for
our own safety requirements," she
"But that hasn't stopped the
enthusiasm; it's all systems go
Ms Kuppers said the idea for
manufacturing recycling plastic lids
into surfboard fins came during the
recent lockdown while "tinkering
with ideas" on her deck at home.
Bowls made from recycled plascs
Suroard ns made from recycled
8 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
One of the funniest touring Comedy
Shows going around Australia
"Comedy Gold" is back and this year
the line-up is filled with Western
Australia's most diverse, funniest,
newest, and most recognizable Stand
Up Comedians.
Introducing the comedians to you.
Your Feature act is none other than
Peter Rowsthorn who is a Comedy
Icon and Veteran of more the 30
years on Australia's Stages and TVs.
One of the most recognisable and
much-loved comedians Rowsthorn is
a high energy, fast paced stand-up
comedian one minute and a
measured character actor the next.
Most recently, Peter has appeared
regularly on "Thank God You're
Here" series 1, 2, 3 and 4, popped up
on "Talkin Bout Your Generation"
and can currently be seen hosting the
delightful Can We Help on the
ABC on Friday nights. But Peter is
probably still best known as long-
suffering husband and pants-man
Brett Craig on Kath & Kim”.
Your MC Cameron McLaren is a
giant of the Perth comedy scene and
was awarded Best Comedy at the
WA Fringeworld. Cameron has
sold out Fringe shows across the
country and was handpicked by the
producer of Channel 7 to be the
audience MC of Telethon. The West
Australian described him in this role
as There is a genuine sense of fun in
his deliverythis proves infectious.
Cameron is fun and loveable but
can flirt with the line if the occasion
requires. The audience are instantly
put at ease with his silliness and you
Comedy Coming to The
can tell he truly loves what he does.
First up is new kid on the block
Frankie who is on her first comedy
tour. A newbie to Stand Up Comedy
she is on work experience for this
tour but don't be fooled, she has a
bright future ahead of her. Frankie
has great stage presence and a warm
charm about her.
Next up is one of the fastest rising
comedians on the Australian Circuit,
Emma Kause. The interesting thing
is that she only started comedy at the
age of 40. Yes that's right at 40,
shed said it was time to let go of the
idea of what anyone thought of her
and live out one of her desires to do
comedy, so she adopted a 'Just Do It'
attitude and has since smashed into
the comedy scene!
Most recently, she auditioned for
Australias Got Talent and she was
encouraged by the judges response.
Emma... you need to keep doing
this because you do it very well....
Id watch your gig anywhere... that
was fantastic!- Shane Jacobson.
Im so glad youre doing this,
because Im a Mum myself and if
you dont laugh, youre gonna cry.
- Lucy Durak.
Her comedy routine was chosen to
be one of 30 acts that remained in the
Australias Got Talent 2019 series as
she progressed through to the Semi
WA this is a great opportunity to
reward yourself, get together with
family and friends and come out and
have a great belly laugh whilst
supporting local comedians and
The Nungarin community recently
farewelled Bill Hewitt, a passionate
volunteer of the Nungarin Heritage
Machinery and Army Museum.
Bill dedicated 25 years to the
Museum from the initial
establishment to 6 days a week
volunteering, showing visitors
through the collections and restoring
tractors (Fordson and John Deere) to
WWII General Grant Tank to a vast
array of other machinery and
equipment which were sold to
finance the Museum.
Bill was proud of the range of
exhibits including former army
vehicles, trucks and tanks along with
military uniforms, weapons, trench
art’, photographs and all sorts of
other memorabilia relating to
Australias armed forces, as well as a
Nungarin bids farewell
to Bill Hewitt
Bill Hewi at the Nungarin Heritage
sizable collection of articles
connected with Nungarins
agricultural heritage.
The Museum, was Bills dream and
is now his legacy which Nungarin
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th, 2020 9
Saturday 4 July saw around 70 people
come through the Railway Museum,
including visitors to town and a
number of local residents. Entry was
free and remains free for all of July to
encourage people to come and have a
look and hopefully tell visitors,
friends and family to make the time
to investigate Merredins railway
Volunteer Julie Nicoletti oversaw the
refreshments section consisting of
some lovely cakes, scones and
muffins, all donated and available for
a minimal cost and/or donation,
which were very well received by all.
The Museum Committee and
Volunteers were pleased to show the
new Concept designs for the Museum
which has the Museum focusing on
the theme The railway was pivotal to
the development of Merredin, the
Goldfields and the state of Western
Australiawith sub themes Building
a Railway; Creating our Town;
Travel in the age of Steam; and Save
our Station.
Implementing the designs has
commenced with the Entry (Ticket
Office) having all items removed,
with some relocated to other areas of
the Museum and painting started on
the soon to be feature wall. The
Committee were very grateful to
Kerry Brown who generously
donated some money to the Museum
and mentioned she would like it to go
towards painting, so her donation will
be used for the Ticket Office.
The Committee thought that the
reopening was a perfect time to
recognise long time Committee
Member and Volunteer Gail Law, and
also her husband Max who has been a
dedicated volunteer especially with
the Museum gardens. Gail and Max
have resigned to spend some time
travelling. Life Member Rosemary
Lambert presented Gail with a
thankyou card and gift.
Since the reopening the Museum has
had a steady stream of visitors
through, which has been wonderful.
While school holidays are on it
might be a great time to consider
taking the kids to the Museum.
Railway Museum Reopened
Kerry Brown standing in the newly
painted cket oce. Image courtesy of
Grant Stainer
Julie Nicole oversaw the refreshments
secon. Image courtesy of Grant Stainer
Life Member Rosemary Lambert presented Gail Law with Thank you. Image courtesy of
Grant Stainer
Scammers are using the
pandemic to take advantage.
Dont be tricked!
Older Australians are being targeted
by scammers using phone calls, text
messages or emails. Social
distancing and isolation can increase
the risk of losing secure information
or money.
COVID-19 scams
Bogus emails or phone calls
claiming to be from legitimate
organisations. Services Australia
or Centrelink, for example, will
not contact you to ask for
personal information or
Text messages about COVID-19
testing that look authentic
because they use GOV as the
sender. Never click links – this
can install malicious software
Fake advertisements offering
cleaning products, hand sanitiser,
face masks or other in-demand
items - you pay but get nothing.
Medical or biological treatments
that falsely claim to prevent or
cure COVID-19.
Scammers posing as medical
officials claiming your relative is
sick with COVID-19 and needs
you to pay for their treatment.
Protect yourself
Never give money or personal
information to someone you
dont know. If your details have
been compromised, contact your
financial institution as soon as
If you are unsure whether a
phone call, email or text
message is the real deal, do not
communicate with the caller or
email sender. Hang up or press
Verify contact details by looking
in the phone book, checking a
letter you have from the
organisation, looking on the
back of your bank card, or via
Google search if you can access
the internet.
Think before you click links and
only visit official websites by
typing in the known address
such as
Talk to trusted family or friends
if you are unsure and need help.
If you have been affected by a scam
contact WA ScamNet on
1300 30 40 54 or visit
10 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
AWWE Sundowner
Farmer Jessie Davis likes
challenging herself to meet new
people, because you never know
what doors may get opened as a
result. The doors Jessie has opened
so far include the WA
Showjumping Committee, the WA
Farmers Federation Board, a trip
with fellow growers to the Middle
East and now becoming brand
ambassador of the Food You Can
Trust website which aims to
'illustrate the human side of
Mia Davies MLA, Jessie Davis & Marn
Aldridge MP
Lisa Fischer, Rebecca Huon & Renee
Estelle Madaari, Tracey Sutherland &
Sylvia Kraske
Sue Crook, Kylie Crees & Vicki
Forty two women in agriculture and
special guests Mia Davies MLA and
the Hon Martin Aldridge MLC were
treated to an honest and engaging
talk by Jessie about her journey in
agriculture at the recent Agricultural
Women Wheatbelt East (AWWE)
sundowner at the Cummins Theatre.
Jessie grew up on a farm near
Narembeen with her sister and never
once considered that it wasn't normal
to think she could make it on the
land as a female. After studying
agribusiness at university and
working for the Shire of Katanning
and farm management software
company AgWorld, Jessie returned
to her family's farm to help run it
with her parents. Jessie now juggles
her responsibilities to her livestock
and cropping enterprise with her
burgeoning portfolio of corporate
and volunteer roles. After Jessie's
entertaining and inspiring talk,
attendees enjoyed a delicious range
of canapés by local caterer Hayley
The night couldn't have been
possible without the generous
sponsorship of Mia Davies MLA and
Vicki Greenwood from
Bankwest. To stay up to date with
all of the AWWE group's plans and
events, follow them on Facebook.
Pixie ONeill, Allie Steber and Rachel
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th, 2020 11
Phone 0458 429 072
On Wednesday, 8 July 2020, the
youth of Merredin delivered their
insect hotel sculptures to a new home
at the community garden. Insect
hotels are wooden structures often
made to provide shelter for bugs and
other insects.
The sculptures were created as part
of a six-week program which
included workshops with
professional Shackleton sculptor
Steve Van den Ende. These
interactive workshops included a
number of activities such as sawing
wood, choosing, measuring, and
cutting piping and other materials for
the inside of the hotels.
Avon Youth Insect Hotels
Delivered to Merredin
Community Garden
The sculptures were nailed together,
painted, and then decorated by the
youth. In total, one large and 10
smaller insect hotels were created.
Painted wooden plaques were also
crafted to be displayed around the
garden with the sculptures.
The insect hotels were well received
by the volunteer members of the
community garden, who helped the
youth choose the areas to display the
sculptures. The afternoon continued
with a lovely afternoon tea followed
by a presentation about the worm
Thank you to Lotterywest, Shire of
Merredin and Avon Community
Services for sponsoring this project.
One of the insect hotel sculptures which has been delivered to its new home at the
Community Garden
A new Child and Adolescent Health
Service (CAHS) Emergency
Telehealth Service (ETS) was
launched on the 13th July by the
McGowan Government which will
provide urgent support to children
and young people experiencing a
mental health crisis as an alternative
to attending a metropolitan hospital
emergency department for mental
health assessment.
Run by the Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Service (CAMHS),
the Emergency Telehealth Service
(ETS) will provide support for
young people, families and carers
experiencing an urgent mental
health crisis. This includes mental
health advice, crisis management,
assessment and referral to the most
appropriate service depending on
With the support of specialist
clinicians, it will also provide
telephone consultation, advice and
support to other professionals in
metropolitan emergency
departments and community
settings including GPs, non-
government mental health services
and school professionals.
The ETS will also offer telehealth
New emergency mental health
service to better support
children and young people
follow-up appointments for
children and young people who
have used the service during non-
business hours.
The service will run from 8am to
2.30am seven days a week and can
be accessed on 1800 048 636.
Mental Health Minister Roger
Cook stated "The creation of a new
service to assist not only our
children and young people
accessing mental health services,
but also to provide our specialist
mental health expertise to other
health professionals and
community-based staff, will further
enhance the supports and services
currently in place.
"The ETS will enable support to be
provided via telehealth, direct to
children when they need it most, to
limit the need for them to attend an
emergency department. This takes
skilled clinicians right to where
they are needed at the time,
whether it be in a child's home,
with a GP or in a school setting.
"This service will support CAMHS
clinicians to improve mental health
outcomes for children and young
people, by improving access to
specialists and services."
Kellerberrin CRC Staff welcome
aboard new trainee Kelsey Cox.
Kellerberrin CRC are have enjoyed
hosting some School Holiday
activities including a Lego
Workshop on Thursday 9th of July
making Kites on the following
Thursday the 16th.
Lots of new releases through the
book exchange are now in the
Library ready for everyone to come
and browse through.
Kellerberrin CRC is calling for
expressions of interest for a Heavy
Vehicle Pilot course to be held in
September, so call into the CRC or
phone 90 454 991 to register.
Other things happening in
Junior Footy back up and
running on Friday nights at 5pm
Whats happening at the
Kellerberrin CRC?
Kellerberrin CRC trainee, Kelsey Cox
at the oval.
Trots on Sunday 26th of July.
Hearing Australia Bus will be in
Kellerberrin on Wednesday, 16
September at the Kellerberrin
Hall from 9:30am 11:30am.
12 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th, 2020 13
The Merredin State Emergency
Service (SES ) Unit has just received
a major boost to their operating
facilities in Benson Street with the
completion of a new 3-Bay shed.
Stallion Homes began construction
in March after being awarded the
tender for the project by the
Department of Fire & Emergency
Services (DFES). The shed will be
used to house the SES Units
vehicles, trailers and other
equipment and will assist with other
activities like training for its
volunteer members.
Plans are underway for the SES Unit
to become the training hub for
Merredins emergency services and
the new shed will provide the
additional storage space to allow
better use of their main building
when running training courses and
Completion of New Shed for
Merredin State Emergency
Service (SES) Unit
The Unit currently has about 12
members and is on the look-out for
more. As an SES volunteer, people
can perform a variety of roles
depending on their suitability and
interests. Apart from assisting the
community with storm damage
incidents and assisting WA Police
with searches for missing people,
there are other roles such as logistics
support, communications and fire
operations support available. There
are no set time commitments as any
time given is welcomed, and
members are provided with free
training and all the required personal
protective clothing and equipment.
Anyone interested in meeting new
people, learning new skills and
keeping the community safe by
helping in times of need should
contact the Units volunteer Local
Manager Mark Briggs on
0427 412 266.
SES's new shed with SES Local Manager Mark Briggs
This edition of the Science Section
is a little bit different. It comes in
the form of a small and fun
challenge for you to solve.
Below is a mathematical proof, that
clearly has some sort of flaw in it.
Your challenge is to identify the
flaw in the proof and explain how it
Prove that 1 = 2
Let a = b
Multiply both sides by a
= ab
Subtract b
from both sides
Science Section
Surely not! How can this be?
= ab – b
(a + b)(a – b) = b(a – b)
Divide both sides by (a – b)
(a + b)(a – b) = b(a – b)
a + b = b
As a = b, then
b + b = b
2b = b
Divide both sides by b
2 = 1
If you have not already solved it,
then the answer will be in the next
edition of the Phoenix, so be sure to
grab a copy. Have fun!
14 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 17th
Nearly 20 participants completing
their HV Licence testing over the
past week and seven on the waiting
list for next time, eight participants
booked for Forklift course next
week, assisting Railway Museum
with their re-opening; catering for
Morning Melodies at the Theatre;
taking part in the Shires community
conversations; sorting out a trailer
and signage for the Containers for
Change (which is due to commence
in October); new signage for Pet
Cemetery and celebrating the new
CEMETERY with an afternoon tea
with Trevor; getting ready for the
Markets to return on 23 August,
collation of grants register,
production of The Phoenix not to
mention our normal Centrelink
Agency and customers through the
front door.
Busy Start to July
The Merredin CRC are looking at
possible events/workshops or
information sessions and want to
hear from the community if they are
of interest to you.
Zoom workshop
Banking security information
Government and Community
services expo aged services/
health services/NDIS
Power of Attorney and Power of
Guardianship information session
Mobility Scooter safety and
maintenance information session
Voluntary assisted dying
information session
Mental Health First Responder
Wildflower talk
If you think you might be interested
in one of these or if you have some
other topics to suggest, please phone
9041 1041, call into 110 Barrack
Street or email
Planning for rest of
the year
We are looking forward to seeing all
our regular stallholders, who have
some great products for sale, but we
also welcome new stalls.
Now is a great time for all those
businesses who were affected by
COVID-19 to do some extra trading,
or the community groups who may
want to fundraise, or individuals to
make some money.
At the recent Shire of Merredin
workshop for businesses on
Thursday 16 July some comments
arose about more community events
to get people into our town centre
and making the Merredin Markets
bigger and better.
The CRC welcome suggestions of
how to improve the Markets and are
willing to try new ideas, like the
introduction of a bar area at the
February Twilight Markets (prior to
COVID-19) to encourage some
The date for the May 2020 Markets
were changed to coincide with the
Songfest which would have provided
some great entertainment and attract
the visitors staying in town, but
unfortunately both these events were
The August markets might be an
opportunity for some businesses in
town to book a stall which would not
only support the Merredin Markets
but generate some income. Perfect
time to have some Fathers Day
items on sale.
The Market Coordinator, Anastasia
Eastwick, is always on the lookout
for buskers and entertainment, so if
anyone is interested, please call
Anastasia at the CRC on 9041 1041.
There are only 4
markets a year, so lets
all work together to
make the Merredin
Markets bigger and
August – Sunday morning
November Twilight Markets
(Friday night)
February Twilight Markets (Friday
May – Sunday morning
Merredin Markets
back in action
Sunday 23 August from
9am – 1pm
During the Covid-19 pandemic,
Bunnings donated craft and activity
packs to Merredin seniors to keep
them busy while at home, or in
Christine made an Ipad stand and
toolbox’, which she now uses as a
table organiser to hold her note pad
and pens, TV remote, telephone,
hairbrush and other bits and pieces.
Crafty Fun with Bunnings
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As with most Community Resource
Centres in the last few months, we
have been changing and adapting our
way of providing events, workshops
and programs to our community. We
have been extremely lucky to have
such a resilient community during
this time, who have been more than
willing to accept the new ways of
doing things.
We have had great support for our
Online Quiz Nights, of which we
have held two. Both nights were
great fun, with 10 teams attending
both evenings. Our first quiz night
was in a Family Feud style, while
our second Quiz Night revolved
around Movies. They were both very
successful, with some healthy
competition going on between
returning teams. We are looking
forward to holding an in person Quiz
Night soon, so keep your eyes open
for that!
Weve continued to provide training
opportunities for our locals and had
Keen Bros come out to train and
assess on 7
and 8
of July and had a
100% success rate, with two of our
participants receiving clean sheet
Bruce Rock Community
Resource Centre Update
tests! We are so glad that Keen Bros
continue to provide support for our
local community by providing this
service and partnering with us.
With school holidays coming to a
close, weve had a successful two
weeks of activities. There has been a
core group of kids supporting our
programs and frequenting the Youth
Booth. The competitive spirits have
really come to the fore with Mario
Kart being fired up almost every day
and some talented kids singing
karaoke. Other activities included
Lego making competitions, movie
day and Friday Night Youth Group.
Its been great to have the kids back
in the Youth Booth and providing a
bit of atmosphere, especially after
the last few months being quiet due
to COVID-19 restrictions.
We have recently had a turn-over of
staff with Tamara heading off on
Maternity Leave, so next time you
pop into the Bruce Rock CRC, you
will be greeted by Maddie or
Rochelle. New faces but same great
We are all looking forward and
excited to meet Tamaras new
addition in the coming weeks!
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WTF 17th-30th July 2020
Salutations celestial sightseers! We
call this column Wheatbelt
Telescope Fun but you dont really
need one to enjoy the Wheatbelts
deep sky attractions. This fortnight
should be particularly free of light
pollution in the evenings as the moon
passes between the earth and the sun
on Tuesday 21st July, just as the sun
crosses the border into Cancer.
Speedy Mercury and lazy Venus are
greeting early risers. Its worth
hopping out of bed straight into your
anorak and uggies and appreciating
these inner planets, which are
currently near their brightest.
The big news this fortnight is a nice
comet called NEOWISE, which has
now rounded the sun (perihelion)
and is on its way back into deep
space beyond the solar system. Its
closest approach to earth (perigee)
will occur on the 23
July and on
this date it should begin to rise in the
north-north west just after sunset. By
the end of the fortnight NEOWISE
should be approximately an open
hands width above the horizon at
sunset, in the constellation of Ursa
Major. Find the bathtub shape of
Leo and look beyond it to the north.
As this interplanetary visitor speeds
away it will move in the direction of
Spica (Virgo) and fade into obscurity
as we spend the next 6,765 years
anticipating its return.
Comets get blasted by the sun at
perihelion and they leave a trail of
gravel and dust as they recede. If this
happens to intersect the path of
earths orbit an annual meteor
shower will be established.
The comet Swift-Tuttle crosses
earths orbit every 133 years and
spews debris which we pass through
annually at around this time, and we
see it as the Perseid meteor shower,
the best show of the year. The best
time to see meteors is in the wee
small hours before first light. This is
because more meteoroids are
scooped up by the side of the earth
that is rotating into the stream,
corresponding to the time between
midnight and noon. This shower
usually begins on July 17
and peaks
on about August 9
and reliably
produces a meteor a minute.
Fireballs and starbusts are common.
Look North.
The Delta Aquarids is a meteor
shower currently active in the
southern sky and peaking on the 28
July. This shower is the result of a
comet going too close to the sun and
disintegrating completely. Typically
producing about 15-20 meteors per
hour, however the waxing moon will
make them more difficult to see.
Saturn will be directly opposite the
sun on the 20
July, glowing at its
brightest just west of Jupiter. You
may be able to discern the rings with
a good pair of binoculars. Meanwhile
Mars moves back into Pisces and
begins to slow down relative to our
viewpoint. It is also getting brighter.
May the clouds depart often and
continue to reveal the universe as
only those of us beyond the glare of
city lights can enjoy it. Keep looking
Since the loss of Masons Shopping
Centre, the Shire provided a
temporary solution by setting up the
Bruce Rock Supermarket in the
Shire Town Hall, with all previous
Masons Shopping Centre
employees reemployed to work
The Bruce Rock Supermarket stocks
essential produce and groceries and
initially a grocery order and
collection system was set up
alongside the Bruce Rock CRCs
The Community Cares Initiative
which provided locals with
essentials during the times of
With no apparent reprieve in sight at
this stage, regarding the
reconstruction of a grocery store,
the Bruce Rock Supermarket in the
Shire Town Hall continues to
operate, but now more like a normal
supermarket with aisles, through
generous donations of
Bruce Rock
Supermarket Update
infrastructure. This has brought
back a sense of normality to the
town and allows our pensioners to
wander the aisles and school
children to pop in to grab an after
Bruce Rock CRC have continued to
help and support the Shire and the
community during these past
months and it has been such a
pleasure to witness how patient and
generous our community is.
We would personally like to say
thank you to the staff, who have
done an absolutely wonderful job,
adapting to and running the new
system. We applaud them for their
resilience and for their outstanding
contribution to the Bruce Rock
Additionally, on behalf of the
community of Bruce Rock we
would like to extend our gratitude to
the Shire Staff and Councillors for
their tireless efforts in providing
this service for us.
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Rounding issue no small change
The next time youre paying via tap-and-go at
the supermarket, petrol station or drive-through,
double-check the machine to see if the retailer has
rounded up the total price if so, then this is a
Rounding up or down to the nearest 5 cents was
introduced for cash payments almost 30 years ago
when the 1 cent and 2 cent copper coins were
taken out of circulation.
But with cash payments now dwindling in favour
of electronic transactions, there is no need for a
retailer to round up your $19.99 purchase to $20,
unless you are handing over a $20 note.
The payment is occurring electronically when
youre paying via debit or credit card, meaning
the exact amount can be processed and debited
from your account.
While one or two cents might not seem like a big
deal to an individual, this extra money can add up
for a business conducting hundreds or thousands
of transactions each week.
It is an offence under Australian Consumer Law
for a business to break the rules surrounding small
change, as rounding-up (or down) on electronic
purchases may suggest items are not available for
the advertised price, which in turn breaches your
consumer rights.
For cash payments only, the following rules
1 and 2 cents – rounded down to the nearest 10
3 and 4 cents – rounded up to the nearest 5
6 and 7 cents – rounded down to the nearest 5
8 and 9 cents – rounded up to the nearest 10
If you spot a retailer breaching the rules for
electronic purchases, you should ideally broach it
with them at the point of sale. If you only notice
after walking away, then go back and request a
Should negotiations fail, or if you believe a
business is repeatedly rounding incorrectly, then
wed love to hear from you on 1300 30 40 54, or
The North Eastern Wheatbelt Regional
Organisation of Councils (NEWROC) has
welcomed a new local government member.
The NEWROC Council has resolved to accept the
Shire of Dowerins membership application,
beginning on July 1 2020.
The Shire of Dowerin becomes the seventh local
government member of the NEWROC said Cr
Jannah Stratford, NEWROC Chair and President,
Shire of Koorda.
We warmly welcome the Shire of Dowerin. They
bring many benefits to the NEWROC and their
community and businesses are well aligned to us
she said.
The Shire of Dowerin borders the Shires of
Wyalkatchem and Koorda, members of the
NEWROC and will have the largest population and
business base of the group.
Council believes there are natural synergies
between the NEWROC member Councils and the
Shire of Dowerin such as similar sized
communities and challenges, which presents more
opportunity for regional collaboration said Cr
Darrel Hudson, Shire of Dowerin President.
Additionally the NEWROC Strategic Plan
identifies focus areas which align with a number of
objectives outlined in Dowerins Strategic
Community Plan.
This membership provides an exciting
opportunity for Dowerin to be a part of a proactive
group of councils and we look forward to working
with the NEWROC Member Councils to achieve
NEWROC welcomes new member
some great benefits for our communities and the
Previously a member of the Avon Regional
Organisation of Councils (AROC), the Shire of
Dowerin was the only Council in AROC which
was also a member of the Great Eastern Country
Zone. Members of the NEWROC are all members
of Great Eastern Country Zone.
The NEWROC has been in operation for over
20yrs and includes the Shires of Koorda, Mt
Marshall, Mukinbudin, Nungarin, Trayning and
The NEWROC has been responsible for a number
of significant projects including most recently the
installation of repeater towers and a data centre for
a point to point internet system across seven Shires,
in conjunction with Crisp Wireless, a Western
Australian telecommunications company.
Darren Simmons (CEO NEWROC, CEO Shire of Koorda),
Cr Jannah Straord (Chair NEWROC, President Shire of
Koorda), Cr Darrel Hudson (President Shire of Dowerin)
and Rebecca McCall (CEO Shire of Dowerin)
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ARIES 21st March—19 April
You are searching for some kind of key to
get through to potential partners, who seem
to be distancing themselves, or potential
learning opportunities which appear to be
growing out of your reach. Be patient.
TAURUS 20th April—20th May
There are many things connected with the
past that you have cleared up, and things are
moving forward, but you probably have to
dissociate yourself from people who preach
beliefs you dont agree with.
GEMINI 21st May—20th June
Although you feel that things have reached
a standstill, you still have a clever idea
which you need to follow up on, connected
with using a special talent for generating
income. There is some kind of blockage.
CANCER 21st June—22nd July
This is a time when you are full of brilliant
ideas and it is good to work with interesting
groups to develop some of these ideas,
whether they are social, educational or
anything especially unique.
LEO 23rd July—22nd August
You need a lot of peace to organise your
ideas. There are strong demands on the
work scene or in your daily life in general,
that pressure you to act and make decisions.
A great time for personal reform.
VIRGO 23rd August—22nd September
A great time to re-examine some interesting
ideas that you have been developing and
also for reconnecting with people, perhaps
through social media, who can be a source
of inspiration and enlightenment for you.
LIBRA 23rd September—22nd October
Things are moving along nicely and it is a
good time to connect with partners who
have a strong streak of independence,
although there may be things you have to
do, which mean that a distance arises
between you.
SCORPIO 23rd October—21st Nov
You need to build up your muscle and
resilience as there are many challenges in
your daily life in the months to come. Now
is a good time to focus on health and
SAGITTARIUS 22nd Nov—21st Dec
You are currently experiencing a personal
transformation process which has been
absorbing your energy and attention. This
is the time to have a laser-like focus on how
you handle finance and resources.
CAPRICORN 22nd Dec—19th January
Your style tends to be to lay down the law
and you dont see why you should
compromise. But, if you act as if you arent
open to anybody else's viewpoint than your
own, you will end up feeling alienated.
AQUARIUS 20th January—18th Feb
Interaction with others is affected by a lack
of patience and people in the neighborhood,
siblings or fellow-students can be both
pushy and irritating. You need a place to
retreat to and it helps to adopt a low profile
and stay out of conflict.
PISCES 19th February—20th March
You can expect a lot of activity, the more
the better. Partners tend to be stressed out
and argumentative and there can be minor
disagreements about money and spending.
Socially a good time to extricate yourself
from people who are too extreme.
Positions Vacant
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Home Care Support Worker
Not-for-profit organisation
Various shifts available
Casual position
About the role
Our dedicated and professional Care at Home team
create personalised care packages for Care Partners to
support them to live independently in their own home
- so they can continue to do the things they love.
As a Home Care Support Worker, you will visit the
homes of our clients, to meet their holistic care needs.
The types of supports provided may include personal
care, domestic services and/or daily living supports.
The successful applicant must be willing to travel
distances when required and be available to work
various days.
To be successful in this role you will have:
Certificate III / IV in Home and Community Care
(or similar)
Experience in Community Aged Care or working
with the elderly
Willingness to travel
A roadworthy and registered vehicle and current C
class drivers licence
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Flexibility to work various shifts
The ability to demonstrate empathy with elderly
The ability, and commitment, to uphold high
standards of work
About Catholic Homes
Caring for Western Australians for over 50 years,
Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit
comprehensive aged care provider.
Catholic Homes innovation and proactive approach
to aged care has won us numerous awards including
the Catering Innovation of the Year award and Better
Practice Award for its Circle of Men project.
We have seven Residential Care facilities, with four
located alongside a Retirement Village. Based on the
Montessori principles, our Care with Purposemodel
advocates being active and independent for as long as
Our Home Care service across Perth and Regional
WA areas is tailored to suit individual needs of those
living in the community. Using the Wellness and
Reablement approach to improve skills and abilities,
this service encourages independence while
remaining in the home.
Catholic Homes is an inclusive organisation
welcoming all faiths and backgrounds.
We offer competitive working conditions, a friendly
and supportive environment and ongoing professional
We pride ourselves on providing a workplace that
reflects our Values of Joy, Love and Hospitality.
To apply
To view this vacancy, please visit our vacancy page
For more information regarding this role
please contact Kylie Steele, Executive Manager
Home and Community Care,
Positions Vacant
Public Notices
Merredin Railway Institute Tennis Club will be
holding their AGM at 6pm Thur sday 30th J uly at 50
Whitfield Way, Merredin. All previous and new
members are welcome to attend.
Merredin Civic
Bowling Club
Lawn Bowls
Merredin Civic Bowling Club held their 2019-20
windup on Sunday the 28th of June which included
a game of bowls, the AGM, Presentation of
Trophies and a barbecue dinner followed. It
proved to be a most enjoyable day.
Congratulations to the Mens Civic Blue side for
winning the SEBL Pennant Flag for the 2019-20
Bowling Season. Congratulations also go out to
the Civic Ladies who were runners up to Corrigin
in the Grand Final of the SEBL 2019-20 Pennant
Civic Men Trophy Winners for the 2019-20
seasons were:
Singles Champion was Scott Cooper with
Runner up Brian Bush (trophy kindly donated
by the Arndt family)
Pairs Championship Winners were Jedd
Shepherd and Bill Richardson (kindly
sponsored by Steve and Steph Gregory from
Northside Tavern)
Triples Championship Winners were Brian
Madigan, John Lombardini and Peter Zenni
(kindly sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions)
Fours Championship Winners were Brian
Madigan, Alan Wolfenden, Maurice Lane and
John Henderson (kindly sponsored by Elders
The Winter Scroungers Competition was won
by Brian Madigan (trophy kindly donated by
Gwen Hobson and family)
(Continued on page 24)
Winner of the Presgious singles championship
for 2019 - 20 was Sco Cooper
Merredin Club AGM will be held Thursday 30th July
at 7pm. Everyone welcome.
The stroke competition played on Saturday the
of July was sponsored by Gowers Glazing
and was won by our Patron Syd Crees with 91
net and runner up with 74 net was Shaun Avery,
third was Brian Bush with 76 net on a
countback from Rob Gearing.
The novelties for the day were nearest the pin
on hole number 2 Syd Crees, best second shot
on hole number 5 Shaun Avery, longest putt on
hole number 7 Matt Jacobson, longest putt on
hole number 10 Rob Broomhall, best second on
hole number 12 Rob Gearing, nearest the pin
hole number 17 Matt Jacobson and the longest
putt on hole number 18 Peter Gerrand. The
birdie pool was won by Nino Caporaso for hole
number 16.
A two person Ambrose was played on Saturday
the 11
of July and the net winners were Syd
Crees and Justin Watts with 66 ½ net on a
countback from Lionel Price and Darren
ONeill and the gross winners were Rob
Gearing and Brian bush with 71. The birdie
hole was number 5 and has jackpotted as no one
recorded a birdie on this hole.
The fixture for Saturday the 18
of July is a
stableford competition sponsored by Hutton &
Northey and for Saturday the 25
of July is a
stableford competition sponsored by Elders
Insurance of Merredin. The Nungarin Masters is
being held on Sunday the 28
of July, a shotgun
start at 12pm, nominations close 22
Merredin Golf Club
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Winners of the SEBL Pennant Flag for 2019 - 20 Season.
Back L-R Darren Postans, Steve Gregory, Glen Crees,
George Cooper, Craig Last, Shaun Morton, Alan
Wolfenden, Dan Alber, Sco Cooper and David Keamy.
Front L - R Bundy Walker, Phil Sasche and Kevin Heinrich.
Absent from picture Darryl Fisher, Josh Herbert and
Shaun Baker
Civic Championship ladies Singles winner for 2019 - 20
Season Wendy Postans
Merredin Civic Bowling Club Windup cont.
Trophy Winners for the Ladies 2019-20 Season:
Singles Champion Winner was Wendy Postans
with Runner-up being Debbie Heinrich
Pairs Championship Winners were Anna
Wallace and Gail Lane (kindly sponsored by
Shaun and Jude Morton from Merredin Nextra
Triples Championship was won by Anna
Wallace, Gail Lane and Beth Gearing (kindly
sponsored by Maurice and Gail Lane)
Fours Championship was won by Kay Bush,
Gail Lane, Jo Potter and Wendy Postans
The Office bearers for the 2020-21 Season are:
Patron: Eddie Johnston OAM
President: John Gearing
Vice President: Norma Henderson
Treasurer: Glen Crees
Greens: Scott Cooper
Catering Convenor: Gail Lane
Committee: Darren Postans, Graeme Alp, Dan
Alberti, Scott Cooper, Alan Walker and John
(Continued from page 23)
Captain: Steve Gregory
Vice-Captain: Darren Postans
Selectors: Steve Gregory, David Keamy and
Bundy Walker
League Selector and Delegate: Graeme Alp
Ladies Secretary: Beth Gearing
Ladies Captains: Kay Bush, Gail Lane and
Christine Stapely
Pennant Selectors: Kay Bush and Anna Wallace
League Delegates: Anna Wallace and Gail Lane
League President: Normal Henderson
League Secretary: Debbie Heinrich
Lawn Bowls