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Friday, June 19th, 2020 PHONE: 9041 1041
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As at 16 June 2020
Tested 143,418
Confirmed Cases 602
Recovered 591
Deaths 9
Active cases in WA 2
COVID-19 in Australia
WA—Cases 602—Deaths 9
ACT—Cases 108—Deaths 3
NSW—Cases 3,131—Deaths 48
NT—Cases 29—Deaths 0
QLD—Cases 1,065—Deaths 6
SA—Cases 440—Deaths 4
TAS—Cases 228—Deaths 13
VIC—Cases 1,732—Deaths 19
Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia
Grain producers across Western
Australias (WA) wheatbelt have
always known that weather
conditions, and in particular rainfall,
has the largest impact on their farm
business production and profitability.
While there is nothing farmers can
do to control the weather or how
much rain they get, better farm
management outcomes can be
achieved when decisions are
optimised in response to the given
weather conditions if the weather
data is made available to growers in
a timely fashion.
Getting access to timely weather data
has historically been an issue for WA
farmers, particularly in the central
and eastern wheatbelt where farms
can be very large and potentially
spread out over a great distance. The
simple task of determining how
much rain has fallen across the
farming business could involve
spending half a day and a 250km
round trip to check and manually
record measurements from 20+ rain
gauges. The time and expense of the
exercise has meant gathering rain
and weather data has been carried out
infrequently and management
Internet of Things—Digital Rain
Gauge Project
decisions have not been made on
timely data.
Growers are faced with making
decisions in a rapidly evolving
digital agriculture space with many
new-entrant service providers to the
market. Grower groups such as
MADFIG are consistently targeted to
trial new IoT devices yet the
disparity of price is often large, and
the quality of devices, maintenance
and on-going servicing of
infrastructure and data interface
software platforms is often not well
understood. This makes it difficult to
decipher which technology to adopt.
The Merredin and Farm
Improvement Group (MADFIG)
sought to solve this issue by
installing Automatic Rain Gauges as
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A weather staon and rain gauge in acon
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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
0-4 Amity Health Playgroup—call
Claire Smith or email
A Choired TasteRehearsals start
29th June, 7pm—9pm at 47
Coronation Street. Call Emma
Aitken 0487 351 167 or Chloe
Willcocks 0438 891 761.
All Saints Anglican Church 21st
June, 10am. Contact Pauline 9044
1076 or Su 0427 412 709.
Bootscooting—Monday nights 7pm
at the Cummins Theatre. First night
free. Beginners to advanced. Call
Anjoeen on 9041 3005 or see Sue at
the Chemist or Lyn at the Post
Mens Shed—Thursdays 2pm—
5pm. Please call Peter McCrae on
0427 625 027 for more info.
Merredin Army Cadet Unit 510
Postponed until further notice. For
further information please contact
Officer in Charge 2
Karinda Smith Mob: 0427 080 913
Merredin Camera Club—Email
Daina for more info at
Merredin Community Garden
Group Incfor information please
contact the Chairperson, Gillian
Ovans 0427 701 655 or by email
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—Meeting 24th June at
5.30pm. 110 Barrack Street.
Merredin Fine Arts SocietyNew
members welcome. Enquiries to
Margaret 0429 623 081.
Merredin Museum & Historical
Society—Next meeting 1st July at
Merredin Rifle Club—Call Steve
for more info on 0467 173 753.
Heather’s Hearsay
What is your Tax tip?
Merredin United in Prayer—
Cancelled for the time being. Will
be reviewed soon.
Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled
until further notice. Call 0427 412
Peoples Baptist Church—
Kellerberrin 11am Sunday Worshop.
Ph 0435 284 796.
Playgroup—Contact Carissa Amm
on 0433 340 441.
Red Hat Lunch—Contact Julie
Townrow 0429 411 377 or email
Seniors Centre—Activities
suspended until further notice.
Jeannette Fegan 0429 471 425.
Seniors Centre Morning Tea
Suspended until further notice.
Seniors Gentle Gym—Suspended
until further notice.
Seventh-day Adventist Church—
Has re-opened for worshipping.
Everyone welcome. Call 0429 770
St Marys Catholic Church,
Merredin—Father Andrew Bowron,
Ph 9041 1118.
Story-time—Cancelled until further
Tales of the Past—Cancelled until
further notice.
Tribal Bellydance Beginners
classes Mondays 5pm. Call
Anastasia on 9041 1041. Everyone
Uniting Church—Fifth Street, 9am
Sunday service. Call 0428 125 613.
Westonia Croquet Club—Call John
Corsini on 0429 467 170 or Keith
Downsborough on 0482 445 046.
Wildflower Society Merredin
Branch—Call President Mal Harper
on 0437 388 292.
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Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin,
Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin,
Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen,
Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin,
Trayning & Westonia.
Russell Roberts
The ATO app is a
great tool for
managing your tax
affairs including
deductions, vehicle
logbook, myGov
Home office,
mobile and
internet costs
could be the
focus with
many people
working from
home during
COVID– 19.
Harry Murfit— Thumbs up
to the people still being
cautious of the COVID-19
rules and regulations in the
Jessie Johnson
Be sure to
check with your
Accountant on
your eligibility
for COVID -19
Tax deductions
if you have
worked from
Tracey McFarlane
Be organised -
Keeping up to date
with weekly,
monthly and
bookkeeping is
essential for a
smooth and
successful end of
financial year.
Kylie Powell— Thumbs
down to the people who
dont tie their rubbish down
on the way to the rubbish tip.
Juanita Eastwick—Thumbs
down to Target closing and
to the big corporations not
considering regional
Lesley Watson—Thumbs up
to the Shire and Sheree for
an excellent night at the
Theatre. We had so much fun
and walked away feeling like
real artists! Cant wait for the
next one.
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as part of the Department of Primary
Industries and Regional
Developments (DPIRD) WA
Internet of Things Decision Ag
Program. The WA IoT Program and
MADFIG growers contributed to
funding the installation of 58 IoT
devices that would provide real time
rainfall, weather and soil moisture
data to MADFIG members so that
the farm management decision
making process could be improved
and achieve better business outcomes
(Figure 1).
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Internet of Things—Digital Rain Gauge
Project cont.
MADFIG members had access to a
range of IoT devices that could be
used to gather data- completely
dependent on the growers business
needs. All provide real-time
information which is accessible on
the desktop or on your phone-
perfect for a grower on the go. The
information is displayed in a clear,
user friendly manner, meaning the
grower can make easy and instant
decisions based on the data provided.
If any growers are interested in
learning more about the network and
how they can potentially be
involved, they are welcome to
contact Sian on 0428 296 107.
Table 1
Figure 2. The Digital
Rain Gauge
4 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
Court Report
June 2020
Perth District Court
Cortney Dorant was convicted of
being a person who breaches CRO or
community order without reasonable
excuse and received a 12 month
community based order.
Perth Magistrates Court
Teio Anderson appeared on charges
of disorderly behavior, 2 charges of
possessing a prohibited drug
(cannabis), having no authority to
drive suspended (other than fines
suspension) and possession of stolen
or unlawfully obtained property. The
matters have been adjourned to
appear in Perth on the 23
June 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Shane Anderson was convicted of
being a responsible person permitted
unlicensed vehicle to be used on a
read and was fined $50, ordered to
pay $225.90 and penalty half annual
licence fee of $23.77.
Shane Blake appeared on charges of
no authority to drive suspended
(other than fines suspension) and 2
counts of careless driving causing
death, grievous bodily harm or
bodily harm and was remanded to
appear in Merredin on 7
July 2020.
Jonathon Carter appeared on charges
of. 7 counts of having no authority to
drive suspended (other than fine
suspension), 3 counts of using an
unlicensed vehicle on a road, 3
counts of having no authority to
drive (incorrect class), having no
authority to drive (disqualified from
holding or obtaining), drove, caused
or permitted a vehicle with a forged,
replica or false plate to be driven on
a road, failed to comply with a
surrender notice in relation to a
vehicle, possess a prohibited drug
(cannabis), breach of bail (fail to
appear soon after), possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained
property and being an unlicensed
person possessing firearm/
ammunition. He was remanded in
custody, to appear in Merredin on
the 15
June 2020.
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 have been adjourned to
appear in Perth on the 1
July 2020.
Kevin Collard was convicted of
using an unlicensed vehicle on a road
and was fined $50 ordered to pay
$225.90 and penalty half annual
licence fee of $133.32.
Scott Davis was convicted of
possessed drug paraphernalia in of
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant. 2 counts of having no
authority to drive (fines suspended),
driver fail to wear a seatbelt, he was
fined $1800 and had his licence
suspended for 3 months. He was also
convicted of burglary and commit,
stealing, stealing of a motor vehicle
(as defined in section 371A criminal
code) and home burglary and
commit and was remanded in
custody to appear in Merredin on the
June 2020.
Jayden Fanning appeared on charges
of stealing, without lawful excuse
trespassed on a place and criminal
damage by fire and was remanded to
appear in Perth on the 26
Lewis Finnie appeared on charges of
2 counts of reckless driving and 2
counts of damaging property the
matters have been adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 16
Ryan Flanagan was convicted of
common assault in circumstances of
aggravation or racial aggravation and
was ordered to pay costs of $118.50
and paid $1500 payable to the victim
Tommy Fraser was convicted of
drove with prescribed illicit drug in
oral fluid or blood and was fined
$300, was ordered to pay costs of
$225.90 and to pay an analyst fee of
James Garrett appeared on charges
of commit an offence in dwelling of
another, w/out consent, with
aggravation. Criminal damage or
destruction of property and common
assault and was remanded to appear
in Merredin on the 16
Jun 2020.
Lindsay George appeared on charges
of breach of conditional suspended
imprisonment order. 8 counts of
breach family violence restraining
order or violence restraining order.
Attempt to prevent justice, breach of
bail (fail to appear soon after) and
breach of bail undertaking and was
remanded to appear in Perth on 9
June 2020.
Brian Gill appeared on charges of 3
counts of common assault in
circumstances of aggravation.
Stealing, breach of bail undertaking,
possess a prohibited drug (cannabis)
and breach of protective bail
conditions and was remanded to
appear in Northam on the 13
Shauna Hansen appeared on charges
of burglary and commit and stealing
and was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 7
July 2020.
Stephen Hesse was convicted of
driving with prescribed illicit drug in
oral fluid of blood and was fined
$500, ordered to pay costs of $225.9
and to pay an analyst fee of $177.
Hobbits Three Pty Ltd T/A Hobbits
Three Pty Ltd appeared on a charge
of licencee conduct is personally
supervised and managed by natural
person. The matter was dismissed.
Kevin Humphries appeared on a
charge of unlawfully assault and
thereby did bodily harm with
circumstances of aggravation and
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 7
July 2020.
Irene Jetta appeared on charges of
stealing and 2 counts of gains benefit
by fraud. The matters have been
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 7
July 2020.
Justin Jetta appeared on a charge of
unlawfully assault and thereby did
bodily harm with circumstances or
aggravation. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 16
June 2020.
Trevina Jetta was listed to appear for
the charges of possess a prohibited
drug (methylamphetamine) and 17
counts of being a person who
breaches CRO or community order
without reasonable excuse. She
failed to appear. A warrant was
issued for her arrest.
Belinda Lee was convicted of
driving with prescribed illicit drug in
oral fluid or blood and was fined
$300, ordered to pay costs of $225.9
and to pay an analyst fee of $177.
Nicole Little appeared on charges of
2 counts of assault public officer.
Being armed or pretending to be
armed in a way that may cause fear,
disorderly behavior in public and
common assault and was remanded
to appear in Merredin on the 16
June 2020.
Bradley Louden was convicted of
having no authority to drive (fines
suspended) and was fined $200 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Kellie McGlynn appeared on a
charge of assaulting a public officer
and was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 7
July 2020.
Lloyd Mourish was convicted of 3
counts of breach of family violence
restraining order or violence
restraining order. Common assault in
circumstances of aggravation or
racial aggravation, and breach of a
family violence restraining order he
received a 6 month suspended
imprisonment order suspended for 9
months. He was also convicted of
breach of bail (fail to appear soon
after) $50 Fine suspended 3 months.
Brenda Munroe was convicted of
possessing a prohibited plant, and
was fined $300 she was also
convicted of failing to comply with
requirements made by a member of
the police force and was fined $300
and ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
She also had her licence suspended
for 3 months.
Ethan Napier was convicted of
burglary and commit, and being
without lawful excuse trespassed on
a place and received a 12 month
community based order. He was also
convicted of stealing and an order for
return of property was made.
Naomi Netherway was convicted of
disorderly behavior in public. Being
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On 1 October 2020, Containers for Change will launch in
Western Australia!
Containers for Change is our new state-wide container
deposit scheme that lets you cash in eligible containers
for 10-cents each.
In WA, we use more than 1.3 billion eligible drink
containers each year; enough drink containers to line a
path from Perth to Broome.
When it comes to recycling, Western Australians will soon
have the chance to make real change and earn cash while
we do it!
Containers for Change aims to
reduce litter and landfill
increase recycling
create jobs
provide opportunities for social enterprise and benefits for
community organisations
Hundreds of container Refund Points are planned, with
many to be operated by local community groups and
social enterprises. The job of setting up the network has
begun, and there will be more information provided over
the coming months.
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without lawful excuse trespassed on
a place and was fined $1000 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Patrick Pickett appeared on charges
of being without lawful excuse
trespassed on a place, common
assault in circumstances of
aggravation or racial aggravation,
unlawfully assault and thereby did
bodily harm with circumstances of
aggravation. Being armed or
pretending to be armed in a way that
may cause fear, breach of bail
undertaking and burglary and
commit offence I dwelling and was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 16
June 2020.
Jody Pratzky was convicted of
driving while impaired by drugs and
was fined $900, ordered to pay costs
of $225.90 and to pay an analyst fee
of $978. She also had her licence
suspended for 10 months.
Brayden Redmond appeared on
charges of possession of prohibited
drugs with intent to sell or supply
(cannabis) and possession of stolen
or unlawfully obtained property and
was remanded to appear in Northam
on the 27
July 2020 he also
appeared on the charge of possessing
drug paraphernalia in or on which
there was a prohibited drug or plan
this matter has been adjourned to
appear in Northam on the 27
Jay Redmond appeared on a charge
of possession of prohibited drugs
with intent to sell or supply
(cannabis) and was remanded to
appear in Northam on the 27
Andrew Reiling appeared on charges
of burglary and commit, stealing
motor vehicle (as defined in section
371A criminal code) and possession
of stolen or unlawfully obtained
property and was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 8
September 2020.
Keith Roberts was convicted of
possession of prohibited drugs
(cannabis), possession of prohibited
drug (methylamphetamine).
Possessed drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant and unlawfully possessed a
controlled or prescription drug and
was fined $1000 and ordered to pay
costs of $391.
Kerry Smith appeared on the charge
of assault occasioning bodily harm
and was remanded to appear in
Northam on the 17
August 2020.
Clare Tengvall appeared on a charge
of possession of a prohibited drug
with the intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine). She was
found not guilty and the matter was
dismissed. She was also convicted of
failing to comply with requirement
as to provision of oral fluid or blood
sample for testing or analysis and
was fined $900 and ordered to pay
costs of $225.90 and also had her
licence suspended for 10 months.
Nathan Tengvall appeared on
charges of possessing a prohibited
drug (methylamphetamine), failed to
comply with requirements made by a
member of the police force and
possessing a prohibited drug
(cannabis) the matters have been
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 7
July 2020.
Andrew Tuffley appeared on charges
of common assault in circumstances
of aggravation or racial aggravation.
Driving a motor vehicle under the
influence of alcohol, assault of a
public officer, obstructing a public
officer and having no authority to
drive suspended (other than fines
suspension) and was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 8
September 2020.
Ian Waters was convicted of
exceeding 0.08g of alcohol per
100ml of blood and was fined $550
and ordered to pay costs $225.90 and
also had his licence suspended for 7
Jarrod West appeared on a charge of
careless driving, the matter has been
adjourned to appear in Northam on
the 10
August 2020.
Tom Wood appeared on charges of
assault occasioning bodily harm, 2
counts of unlawfully assault and
thereby did bodily harm with
circumstances of aggravation.
Damaging property and common
assault in circumstances of
aggravation or racial aggravation and
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 16 June 2020.
June 2020
Geraldton Courthouse
Dione Oliffe appeared on a charge of
stealing them matter has been
adjourned to appear in Geraldton on
the 18
June 2020. She also appeared
on charges of being without lawful
excuse trespassed on a place, 2
counts of having no authority to
drive suspended (other than fine
suspension), 9 counts of stealing and
possessed drug paraphernalia in or on
which there was a prohibited drug or
plant. The matters have been
adjourned to appear in Geraldton on
the 27
July 2020.
June 2020
Kalgoorlie Courthouse
Amanda Todorovic was convicted of
stealing of a motor vehicle (as
defined in section 371A criminal
code) and received a community
based order.
June 2020
Rockingham Courthouse
Terrence Slater was convicted of
stealing and was fined $400, ordered
to pay costs of $225.90 and
compensation of $170.00.
6 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
My Thoughts
Police Report
Towns facing the challenges of
E-Commerce is growing at an
unprecedented rate all over the
world, heavily impacting on
retailers and resulting in many
businesses closing and shops
becoming empty. Predicted at the
end of the last century,
ecommerce was always going to
happen, but has been accelerated
by COVID-19 with the number
of social shoppers rapidly
increasing, particularly with
the introduction of the Buy
button on Facebook,
and Instagram Checkout, social
media is playing a significant
role in the world of ecommerce.
Merredin retailers in our town
centre, like those across the
country, are struggling to
compete with online shopping
and we are seeing a number of
empty shops emerging in our
town centre.
I am a firm believer of shopping
local and supporting local
businesses, but to remain relevant
we also have to recognise the
worldwide trends, the changing
shopping habits. We cant stop
it, so we need to embrace it and
change with it. Gone are the
days of town centres simply
being a place to shop, I
acknowledge that retail is an
important part of the town centre
mix, but people go to town
centres for many other reasons,
such as cafes, restaurants, pubs,
galleries, museums, libraries,
cinemas, parks, doctors, dentists,
libraries, hair dressers, public art,
a place where people come
together, to meet friends,
socialise and join in community
A town centre can provide a
setting for shared experiences
and be a focal point of local
identity, community pride and
common heritage and values.
There are many examples all
over the world of how towns
have been creative to make their
town centre a destination of
choice - introduction of busking,
performance and cultural
celebrations; halls converted
into one-stop local shops and
service centres; creation of
heritage action zones by
smartening up streets and
buildings; places like Ikea
having planning studios;
amusement parks etc
For Merredin to simply continue
as we are is not an option, we
need to be creative and have a
vision for our town centre that is
shared between local people,
local businesses and local
government, to ensure it is fit
for the 21
With so many empty shops in
our town centre, now is the
perfect time start this process,
particularly with various
economic stimulus funding
available for COVID-19.
Please be careful on the roads,
weve seen an increase in speeds
and have had to seized several
cars for high speeds in the last few
Finally, there have been a number
of complaints relating to someone
throwing rocks at passing vehicles
on the highway. If you are aware
of who is responsible, or have
dashcam footage of this occurring
please contact us directly on
90300175 during office hours, or
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Thanks for your support.
By Officer in Charge MARK
TOBIASSEN—Merredin Police
Hello Readers,
Weve had a pretty busy time the
last few weeks, not with crime,
but with other matters. However, I
can report that reported crime is
down, but this doesnt account for
non-reported offences. We
encourage people to report crime
so we are aware of it and can then
address it.
In other news, Sergeant Michael
Paterson has won the position of
Officer in Charge at Lancelin so
we wish him and his family well
on their new adventure.
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Community Garden Chairperson
Over the past 12 months a group
of passionate community
members have been meeting
regularly to put some life back
into the Merredin Community
Garden and are pleased with the
Groups achievements so far –
Formed a committee;
Volunteer and liability
insurance in place;
Created a plan of what we want
the garden to look like and
how to make the plan work;
Successful grant—Mias Local
Hero for gardening tools;
One successful fund raiser;
Membership forms ready to be
distributed around Merredin;
Starting to plan some events -
Morning or afternoon teas and
Indigenous plants workshop.
On Thursday afternoon, the 11
June, Julie Nicoletti with the
assistance of Audiene McCrae
and myself from the Merredin
Community Garden, made a
variety of pizzas for the blokes at
the Mens Shed for lunch in
Community Garden Growing
appreciation of their work in the
community, but also for the
work helping the Merredin
Community Garden Group.
Around 30 people spent a
pleasant couple of hours chatting
and enjoying the many delicious
pizzas which used produce from
the Community Garden for the
After lunch the Men Shed
volunteers got out their tools and
proceeded to create containers
that are destined to become 12
raised garden beds for the
Community Garden to grow
vegetables in.
The Mens Shed have been a
great supporter of the Merredin
Community Garden in the past
and it is hoped they will continue
to do so. (“as long as the
sponges and pizzas keep coming,
Merredin Mens Shed members enjoying their pizza lunch
James Brown is a former
Australian politician who served in
both houses of the Parliament of
Western Australia, representing
the Labor Party. He was a member
of the Legislative Assembly from
1971 to 1974, served in
the Legislative Council from 1980
to 1992.
Brown was born in Merredin to
Susan Marion and William
McMillan Brown, his family
moved to Perth. In April 1945,
after turning 18, he enlisted in
the Royal Australian Air Force,
although the imminent end of the
war meant his time in the military
was short-lived. Brown played
high-level Australian rules
football as a youth, appearing in
three senior games for South
Hon James McMillan Brown
Fremantle during the
1949 WANFL season, he moved
to the country in 1950 running a
store in Muntadgin with his
brother, running a service station
and Massey Ferguson dealership
in Merredin.
Brown first ran for parliament at
the 1968 state election, he was
preselected to replace Lionel
Kelly in the seat of Merredin-
Yilgarn, but lost to the Liberal
Party's Jack Stewart.
Brown recontested the seat at the
1971 election, winning 52.7
percent of the two-party-
preferred vote.
However, he held it only until the
next election in 1974, when he
was defeated by the National
Alliance's Hendy Cowan.
Brown re-entered parliament at
the 1980 state election, winning
election to the Legislative
Council's South-East Province, he
was re-elected in 1986, at the 1989
election transferred to the new five
-member Agricultural Region.
Brown was elected chairman of
committees in the Legislative
Council in August 1989, held the
position until his retirement from
parliament in March 1992.
Passed away on 28.5.20, aged 93
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titles. If they are on the shelf we
will put them aside for you or
reserve them for you if they are out
on loan.
Remember the Merredin Library is
operating on reduced hours for the
foreseeable future. The Library is
open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday from 10am-2pm,
Wednesday 1pm-5pm and Saturday
10am-12noon. Call and Collectis
available to be collected 9am-4pm
Monday Friday. Call library staff
on 90411222 for more details.
8 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
Harry was born on 3
May 1930 at
KEMH in Subiaco. He began his
schooling in Moorine Rock. His
parents, Harry and Margaret (Peg
Rogers) then moved to
Burracoppin in 1941. Harry
attended the original Burracoppin
Primary School in 1941 with his
brother Cobber, and sister Gwen.
During WWII Harry was a
volunteer aircraft spotter and
enlisted in the Home-Based
Volunteer CORPS (VDC). He left
school at 14 years and went to
Kalgoorlie as an apprentice Pastry
Chef before returning to Burra.
Harry worked for the Merredin
Brick Works and on farming
properties around Burracoppin. It
was then he met his future wife
Norma, and Harry would often
travel to Merredin on his BSA
motorbike to go to Saturday night
dances at the Town Hall and
movies with Norma.
Harry and Norma were married on
July 1952 in the original
Anglican church Merredin. Harry
Junior was the first born in 1954,
followed by another son Kim in
1957, and then daughter Dianne in
Harry was a long-time member and
captain of the Burracoppin Tennis
Club, being instrumental in the
building of the tennis pavilion in
1953, which still exists today. In
later years, Harry played cricket for
the Burracoppin Cricket club with
his sons.
Harry played well into 200 games
for the Burracoppin football club.
At 28 years, he was veteran of a
very young team, which won the
1958 premiership. The surviving
13 players (who are well into their
80’s), still continue to have regular
reunions to celebrate this victory.
Harry worked tirelessly as the
The Life and Times of Mens Shed Life Member Harry Rogers
curator of the Burracoppin Sports
Oval for many years. On retirement
of his playing career, Harry
continued to umpire for many years.
He is a life member of the
Burracoppin Football Club and is
currently the oldest surviving life
In 1958, Harry and his brother
Cobber, purchased the General Store
and Post Office in Burracoppin and
traded as Rogers Bros”. He did a
Saturday morning mail run in an
Austin A50 ute and fuel and grocery
delivery to surrounding areas in an
Ex Airforce Chevy truck.
After selling the shop, Harry
returned to farming at North and
South Burracoppin and had a long
working commitment to farming with
many local identities such as Bill
Junk, Norm Turner, Bo
Downsborough and Bill Ogden.
In 1980, Harry & Norma moved back
into Burracoppin townsite. With the
great assistance of Ernie Douglas,
Harry built a house and a large shed
in Springwell Valley Road. Harry &
Norma happily lived there for 22
Never a man to sit still for long,
Harry re-joined the workforce in a
temporary position on CBH. Norma
worked as the gardener/maintenance
person at Burracoppin Primary
School. Harry continued to work on
CBH for the next 20 years as a
Receival Point Operator in charge of
many bins during harvest and truck
driving throughout the rest of the
Harry and Norma were married for 49
years. After Norma sadly passed away
in 2002, Harry moved into Merredin,
having lived in Burracoppin for 64
years. He has been part of the
Merrittville Retirement Village for the
last 11 years.
Moving into Merredin coincided with
the establishment of the Merredin
Mens Shed which began at Doug and
James Geiers place on Nungarin
Road. Harry joined the shed in 2010
and was awarded life membership in
November 2019. His passion for
restoring tractors and land rovers
continues today. He has rebuilt many
vintage tractors including Massey
Harris 55K and 44K, David Brown
and McCormack International
Harry recently celebrated his 90th
birthday with a small family gathering
due to Covid-19 social restrictions. A
highlight was seeing all of his 8
grandchildren and 8 great
grandchildren via a Zoom video chat.
He continues to be in excellent health,
working most days at the Merredin
Mens Shed and volunteering in
various community and social events.
Harry has been involved in many
projects since its inception and is a
valued member of the shed. As one of
the oldest members, he is an
inspiration to the younger members,
who listen to him and his stories.
Leading by example, Harry has
served on the shed committee for a
number of years, keeping other
committee members on track and
ensuring that the shed retains the
function for which it exists.
After months of being closed due
to COVID-19 restrictions,
Cummins Theatre finally re-
opened to the public last week!
On Friday, 12 June 2020, the
Theatre welcomed back patrons
for a special Morning Melodies
concert, with more than 20
regulars attending to watch a
fantastic performance by Theatre
Manager Justin Friend. Attendees
enjoyed a cuppa while snacking
on an array of cakes and biscuits
and enjoying the incredible
Cummins Theatre acoustics.
Later that evening, the Theatre
Cummins Theatre back open for business
played party host for a social art
class dubbed Arty Farty Party.
The class was hosted by talented
local artist Sheree Lowe, who
demonstrated to those in
attendance how to mix paint,
blend colours, and create a
magical Wheatbelt sunset. The
night was filled with laugh,
bubbles, and brushes, and the end
products were pretty good too!
The Shire of Merredin would like
to thank all those who attended
the events at Cummins Theatre,
and we look forward to seeing
you again at more events later in
the year!
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On Thursday the 11
Father Andrew surprised all
classes by coming around for an
informal chat about what has
been happening! Father Andrew
has missed everyone being able
to come to the Church for
School Masses. Here are some
photos of our students catching
upwith Father Andrew.
Surprise visit to
classes by Father
10 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
SOCK (Save Our Country Kids)
Co-ordinator Narembeen CRC
You might have heard of the
Narembeen CRCs Road Safety
Initiative SOCK (Save Our Country
Kids) Week, which is held annually
in the last Week of June.
SOCK Week is in its fourth year
this year and activities held during
this week-long event promote
several road safety messages such as
drink driving, speeding, distractions
and fatigue and is aimed at a broad
cross-section of the community.
In previous years other Wheatbelt
CRCs have started joining us in
promoting SOCKs important Road
Safety messages and we are hoping
this will happen this year.
The Shire of Narembeen and the
Narembeen CRC welcome other
communities touched by road
accidents in their communities to
come on board and implement
SOCK Week in their communities.
FLOURO Friday (on the Friday of
SOCK Week) is an easy and fun
way for everyone to participate in
SOCK Week and we would love to
see as many surrounding
communities to join us TO BE
SEEN in wearing FLURO.
Anyone interested in being involved
contact Narembeen CRC on
90647055 or email
or visit the Shire of Narembeen
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During Reconciliation Week,
primary students at Merredin
College discussed the theme of
In this togetherto build mutual
respect and understanding of one
of the richest and oldest
continuing cultures in the world.
This discussion was integrated
into their Humanities lessons and
embedded into Literacy lessons,
with some classes extending the
discussion into writing tasks. Our
AIEO (Mrs Jeno Hayden) also
organised for students to wear a
pink and purple ribbon on the
final day of Reconciliation Week
to demonstrate their commitment
and understanding of these
events. The Pink ribbon
represents the Desert Rose which
is the symbol for Reconciliation
and the Purple ribbon is the
symbol for Sorry Day.
The history of the First
Australians and their culture is a
major component of the
Australian History curriculum,
and events such as these offer a
wonderful opportunity to make
further connections to the many
Indigenous cultures across
Celebration of
Reconciliation Week and
Sorry Day at Merredin
Students Work
12 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
Welcome to the Winter Solstice
edition of Wheatbelt Telescope Fun!
The word solsticeis Latin for sun
standing stilland indeed the sun
ceases to move any further away
from us, seeming to pause for a few
days before starting its southward
journey back to its rightful home
here in the Southern Hemisphere.
You can confirm this by looking at
the times of sunrise and sunset in the
tables below. See how the equation
of timehas shifted the rise and set
times one minute later but the
overall daily number of minutes of
sunshine remains virtually static
from tonight until the 25
. Notice
that the sun is in the constellation of
WTF 19
June-2nd July 2020
Gemini, quite close to the twin stars
Castor and Pollux. The situation was
different two thousand years ago,
when the sun was in the constellation
of Cancer on this date. This is how
the Tropic of Cancergot its name,
because it marked the northenmost
latitude reached by the sun. If you
have been following this column you
will not be surprised to learn that it is
very slightly less than 23 and a half
degrees north of the Equator.
Astrologers still consider the sun to
be in this astrological sign of
Cancer”. These signsno longer
line up with the actual stars you can
see, and it gets more so every year
due to Precession of the Equinoxes.
Hideously confusing for us trying to
see whats really up there. If you rely
on my charts rather than astrologers
charts you will always be right!
It seems the art of astrology ignores
the phenomenon of precession but
paradoxically they still celebrate the
Age of Aquarius”, which
acknowledges that over the past few
millennia the point at which the sun
crosses the equator has precessed
backwards from the signof Aries
all the way back through Pisces
and has now entered the sign of
Aquarius”. None of these
astrologers can agree on exactly
when this happened, citing all sorts
of dates between 1400 and 2012.
Astronomers on the other hand all
agree that the suns path will begin to
cross the equator in the constellation
of Aquarius in the year 2597.
Astrology enthusiasts like to point
out that their horoscopesalign
with the seasons not the stars,
seemingly forgetting that the seasons
are opposite depending on the
hemisphere in which you live. I still
dont get it.
Are you much of a photographer?
My camera skills are on par with my
kitchen skills, and my attempts to
capture the stunning beauty of the
Wheatbelt sky bear a striking
resemblance to my pavlovas and
pies, being rather more abstract than
I anticipated. My talents seem to
lean rather more toward the
theoretical than the practical, and so
I issue this challenge: Take your best
shot at the things we talk about here
and share them with Phoenix
readers! No magnification is needed
to produce beautiful
astrophotography but long exposure
times seem to bring out things that
even the biggest telescopes can miss.
Filters and panorama adapters are
good. The ultimate camera
accessaory is a motor drive able to
keep track of the stars and planets as
they slowly circle the South Celestial
Pole. Without a motor drive any long
exposure will demonstrate this
motion, and the stars will appear as
lines and arcs. I have no doubt your
ingenuity can exploit this
phenomenon to produce interesting
The very photogenic Jupiter and
Saturn are now evening objects. The
galaxy and all its goodies is arrayed
nicely overhead. Venus is big in the
early morning as Mercury scurries
away from the evening sky for
inferior conjunction, therefore
becoming the closest planet to us
once again. Keep an eye out for the
space station, which should begin to
make some evening appearances
again. The recent SpaceX launch of
another 80 Starlink satellites gives us
plenty to look at as they march in a
conga line across the sky. You can
download Android apps that let you
know when and where to look. Dont
miss any of it. See you next
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The Railway Museum Committee are
very excited for the future of the
Museum with support from
Lotterywest, the Committee engaged
Savagely Creative to develop an
Interpretation and Implementation
Plan to help guide the Museum into
the future.
A workshop was held in February
with the Committee and consultants
Claire Savage from Savagely
Creative and Rikki Clarke from
Creative Spaces. It was very
interesting and the consultants
prompted the Committee to look at
the Museum from different
perspectives What do you want
people to know, think and feel after a
The overall consensus was to focus
on the railway history up to 1970 and
the ongoing story of its conservation
and management, which gave the
consultants a good basis to develop
the Plan.
The Committee were provided with a
draft of the Plan in May and the
opportunity to provide feedback to
the consultants, with the final Plan
presented to the Committee on 10
June, with Rikki Clarke in attendance
and Claire Savage via Zoom.
The recommendations and concepts
in the Plan were extremely well
received by the Committee and
provoked lots of discussion and
The Plan has now been submitted to
Lotterywest for final approval, which
will complete the project.
The Committee are keen to start on
some of the recommendations
Exciting times ahead for
Railway Museum
however with the recent closure of
the Museum due to COVID-19
restrictions, there are some cleaning
jobs that need to be done to make
the Museum visitor ready so a Busy
Bee has been scheduled for Sunday
28 June from 10am 3pm. If
anyone would like to come along
and help, you will be most welcome.
Saturday 4 July is the scheduled
opening date for the Museum 11am
2pm, FREE entry and
refreshments available for $5. The
FREE entry will continue for the
month of July (10am 2pm) as it is
hoped this will attract lots of locals
to come and explore their railway
heritage and spread the word to
visitors in the future.
The Museum is manned by
volunteers 7 days a week, so if
anyone has a couple of hours
available each week, the Committee
would love to hear from you. You
dont need to be an expert on the
railway history, you just need to be
friendly and welcoming to visitors,
accept their entry fee and provide
them with a Visitors Guide Booklet.
If you are interested in volunteering
please contact the Secretary, Roy
Butler on 0478 640 155.
14 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
Turbulent versus laminar flow – fluid flow dynamics
Turbulent ow on the surface of a
bubble of detergent by Grant Stainer
In your day to day activities, you
probably dont think much about the
way different fluids flow, but they
affect many aspects of our lives.
Different fluids, be they liquids or
gases, typically flow as a laminar flow
(where the fluid particles move largely
parallel to each other) or as a turbulent
flow (where the fluid particles move
randomly and chaotically), or as a mix
of both laminar and turbulent flow.
Laminar flow typically occurs on a
smaller scale, and is the type of flow
usually used for decorative fountains
and other localised purposes.
Turbulent flow on the other hand,
occurs at a wide range of scales, from
the microscopic level through to the
atmospheric and interstellar levels.
There is not a universally agreed
definition of turbulent flow, but it
typically has the characteristics of
being 1) unpredictable, 2) swirls on
many scales, 3) diffusive, 4) has a high
Reynolds Number, and 5) is
The unpredictability of turbulent flow
comes from the fact that it is infinitely
sensitive to its initial starting
conditions, and any small change will
significantly change the final state. It is
extremely chaotic.
Turbulent flow consists of many
interacting swirls of flows of fluid,
where eddies or vortices interact. They
do so from the microscopic scale,
through to large scale in the
atmosphere, the surface of the Sun,
and even interstellar gases in nebulae.
In contrast, laminar flow has to be
small scale, and this was shown
experimentally in 1883 by Osbourne
Reynolds, who passed water through a
glass pipe at different flow rates. By
adding a stream of dye, he could
visualise the flow behaviour, and at
low flow rates he found that the dye
remained together as a defined stream,
which is laminar flow. However, as the
flow rate increased, the dye began to
oscillate back and forth, forming
vortices at the boundary between the
glass and water. Beyond a certain
point, the dye was completed dispersed
as the flow became turbulent.
This diffusiveness is another
characteristic of turbulent flow, where
the fluid becomes totally mixed with
the surrounding fluid. This applies not
just to fluids, but any heat or
momentum within the fluid.
Reynolds found that the transition
from laminar to turbulent flow
occurred not only at higher flow rates,
but was also dependent on the width of
the pipe and the viscosity of the fluid.
He came up with a dimensionless
number, now known as the Reynolds
Number, which is equal to the velocity
of the fluid multiplied by the diameter
of the pipe, then divided by the
viscosity of the fluid.
High Reynolds Numbers result in
turbulent flow.
Turbulent flow is also dissipative,
which means that the eddies or vortices
will gradually die out as their energy is
transferred as heat to the surrounding
fluid. This means that to remain
turbulent, the fluid needs a constant
energy source to maintain turbulence.
The effects of laminar versus turbulent
flow are important for an enormous
range of purposes, from the flow of air
over an aircraft wing through to golf
balls and many more. This is where
boundary effects come in, and they
have a major effect.
An aircraft wing is designed so that the
air flows faster below the wing than
over the top of the wing, causing a
high pressure system under the wing
that results in lift.
This is designed to be laminar flow.
However, as the angle of attack
increases, such as when slowing down
for landing, this laminar flow can
separate from the top of the wing,
resulting in stalling of the aircraft. To
mitigate this, small protrusions are
added to the middle top of aircraft
wings, which generate turbulent flow,
and delay the separation of the
laminar air flow from the wing,
allowing the aircraft to have a far
slower stall speed.
The boundary effects are another
fascinating area to examine too, but
that will have to wait for another day.
The fluid flow dynamics of laminar
and turbulent flow are not often
noticed in our day to day lives, but
underpin so many things we rely on
and are critically important.
For more information, check out the
interesting YouTube video on fluid
flow dynamics at https://
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Bruce Rocks living memorialand garden
heritage listed
Beloved 98-year-old Bruce Rock landmark
recognised for its historic significance
Memorial House and Coronation Rose Garden
heritage registration finalised Community-
driven memorial honours those who fought in
World War I Bruce Rock's Memorial House
and Coronation Rose Garden are now secured
in the State Register of Heritage Places with
registration becoming final this week.
Conceived as a 'living memorial' to soldiers
who fought in the First World War, the almost
century-old building exemplifies the utilitarian
war memorials built throughout Western
Australia during the inter-war years.
The place was designed, built and operated
with funds raised by the local community,
embodying the country philosophy of self-
reliance and resilience.
Flower-selling, dances and socials were
organised by the Bruce Rock community to
raise money for the project, with the State
Government matching community-raised
funds dollar for dollar (or 'pound for pound'
back in the day).
The brick and iron Californian Bungalow style
building is representative of rural hospital
facilities constructed in 1920s WA. Memorial
House is a well-preserved example of how this
typically residential building style could be
adapted for a health facility.
The rose garden, also included in the
registration, was planted in 1953 to
commemorate the coronation of Queen
Elizabeth II.
The memorial hospital operated as a health
facility for many years until being converted
to an aged care facility, and renamed
Memorial House, in 1978.
Comments attributed to Heritage Minister
David Templeman:
"Sites like this represent not only the history
but the character and fibre of regional
communities, which is why I am pleased that
Bruce Rock's Memorial House and Coronation
Garden has been permanently included on the
State Register of Heritage Places.
"Built in large part through community effort
in 1922, the place is intrinsically linked to
Bruce Rock's story as a community, as well as
reflecting an important time and stage in our
State's history.
"It is one of few 'living memorials' - built to
honour those who fought in World War I - still
standing and in good condition, today."
Comments attributed to Agricultural
Region MLC Darren West:
"Bruce Rock boasts a strong and important
history in the Wheatbelt.
"This particular site is historically significant
and culturally important for local and nearby
"I am pleased that it has been permanently
listed on the State Register of Heritage
All fees waived until March 2021
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announced a $1 billion COVID-19 health and
economic relief package. The package
included waiving licence fees for a 12 month
period to assist small and medium-sized
businesses. These fee waivers also apply to
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(6) months after the end of an associations
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volunteers or students who undertake child-
related work, then you have responsibilities to
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Children (WWC) Card. Cards must be
renewed every three years and the WWC
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18 THE PHOENIX Friday, June 19th, 2020
ARIES—March 21 to April 19
You are feeling fed up and tired of being
estranged from many of the important
things you would like to be involved with.
This is a time to look back and find what
makes life meaningful for you.
TAURUS—April 20 to May 20
There is a sense that you have achieved
even if you have not quite succeeded where
career and financial matters are concerned.
Focus on your achievements and dont look
back at past mistakes.
GEMINI—May 21 to June 20
At the moment there is a strong motivation
to do what you can to protect the family,
your home and your assets. It is a time to
conserve what you have rather than search
for anything new.
CANCER—June 21 to July 22
It is time to focus on something that
simultaneously utilizes resources or
inventive ideas. You are now emerging
from a period of relative isolation to a hands
-on period which grows in intensity as you
capitalize on connections.
LEO—July 23 to August 22
An active social period is ending. An
opportunity for spiritual development at this
time, and perhaps you will find people who
are more interested in investigating inner
phenomena rather than outer ephemera.
VIRGO—August 23 to September 22
An interesting period of development is on
its way to you. You will find yourself
meeting people who can inspire you in new
directions politically, socially and
spiritually. The focus shifts from work to
LIBRA—September 23rd October 22
You are currently in a very thoughtful
period, which sees you going back over past
decisions and wondering if there were better
choices and solutions. You need to work on
accepting there is nothing you can do about
it now.
SCORPIO—October 23 to November 21
You are feeling confused about a big
decision you have made. Meditate on it in
this time, weigh up the pros and cons. Focus
on the greater picture and how this decision
will change your life.
SAGITTARIUS—Nov 22 to December 21
You feel you have been caught between a
rock and a hard place. This week focus on
sorting out confusing circumstances at
home. Some family members may have
made a mess of things, and now is as good a
time as any to bring a strong dose of reality.
CAPRICORN—Dec 22 to January 19
In the next couple of weeks you will be
finalising some great developments that
have been on the go for several months. In
the months to come, you are going to very
busy. These coming weeks focus on
spending time with loved ones.
AQUARIUS—January 20 to February 18
This is a time for treating yourself. Do not
waste your time and energy thinking about
what others may think. Do what makes you
happy even if others disapprove.
PISCES—February 19 to March 20
A burst of creativity is heading your way
now is the perfect time for making an
impact on the social scene and focus on
something you want badly and assert
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Expressions of Interest
Music Director
Merredins A Choired Tasteis seeking expressions of
interest for Choir Music Director.
This will be a paid position. Negotiable. If required,
overnight accommodation will be arranged (not
Initially the position is for 12 months to be reviewed.
The Choir currently meets on Monday evenings from
7pm to 9pm. This may be possible to change.
The ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate
proficient choir leadership, preferably capable on the
piano and or guitar.
A Choired Taste like to sing all genres, we are
definitely not a one genre choir.
We currently attend two Songfests a year and every two
years run a Songfest in Merredin. This is all under the
review at the moment.
Please direct enquiries/expressions of interest to
Langley Smith or phone
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2019 midgets premiers
Eastern Districts
Hockey Association
Given the disruption to the 2020
hockey season due to COVID-
19, the Eastern Districts Hockey
Association has made the
decision to cancel the 2020
Premiership Season. A 6-week
Social competition will take
place instead, commencing 25
Please speak to your club to
register your interest, or email
with any queries you may have.
The Merredin & Districts Junior
Football Association (MDJFA) has
been given the green light to start
the 2020 season. Under the current
COVID-19 Phase 3 restrictions the
numbers of participants and
spectators will need to be carefully
managed but games can
commence from term 3.
The MDJFA intends on running a
6 week plus finals season starting
Saturday 25th July.
Online registrations will be open
shortly and boys and girls will be
able to play Auskick (kindy &
preprimary age), Midgets (year 1
& 2) or Juniors (year 4,5 and 6). In
the absence of training or grading
nights before the season starting,
the MDJFA will run a Transition
to Footy night on Wed 1st July for
those children moving on from
the skills based footy of Auskick
to the game based footy of
All fees this year have been
reduced to $60 per player and
Kidsport vouchers are accepted.
The MDJFA would like to
acknowledge some generous
sponsors who have already
assisted our 2020 season- Great
Eastern Freightlines, Merredin
Rural Supplies, Summit
Fertilisers, BSS Ag Spray,
Nextra and PWG Sutherland &
To stay up to date with all the
latest info find the Merredin &
Districts Junior Football
Association Facebook page.
Junior Football getting ready to
kick off
Due to the ramifications of the
COVID-19 virus, the Central
Wheatbelt Football League,
Central Wheatbelt Ladies
Hockey Association & Central
Wheatbelt Netball Association
have made the decision to cancel
the 2020 season.
As difficult and disappointing it
is to have come to this decision,
the health and safety of our
communities and club
sustainability are our top
priorities. Following input from
all clubs, it was determined the
government implemented
restrictions required for
community sport places too
much strain on clubs to operate
match days in the environment
we desire. The additional
requirements of volunteers,
implications for gate, canteen and
bar facilities and limited months
available to operate a shorter
season were key influences in
decision making.
Central Wheatbelt Winter Sports
2020 Season Announcement
While our fixtured season is
cancelled, our league is
committed to providing an
avenue for community sport in a
more social setting later in the
year. As restrictions continue to
change, we will review these and
work together with our clubs to
form a more social sports day
event or carnival. We are also
committed to continuing our
Juniors development and intend
to hold combined junior days for
netball and football.
Considering the continued
uncertainty around this season,
we thank our clubs for their
patience and valuable input in
decision making over the past
few months. We trust this
decision will provide everyone
clarity and allow our clubs to
focus on what we hope will be a
very exciting 2021 season.
2019 game
It's certainly been a unique and
extended pre-season, but the
Burracoppin Cats are rearing to
go for the 2020 EDFL season
restart. Whilst there is no
confirmed date as of yet, signs
are pointing to kicking off our
season in Corrigin on either the
18th or 25th of July.
After nearly closing the doors at
the end of 2019, players and
supporters rallied early and sent
the message to the committee
that we needed to continue as a
Numbers were looking brilliant
pre-COVID, with sessions led
by new Reserves Coach Scott
Cooper regularly having two
dozen in attendance.
Unfortunately these numbers
haven't quite been replicated
after the restart, with only
around a dozen players training
With the restart being confirmed
soon and scratch matches just
around the corner, we hope this
will improve.
New League Coach Russell
Swanson is excited about the
season ahead and will look to
make the most of a shortened
season. With a number of social
events planned post-games, we
would love to see as many
supporters at games and
enjoying the festivities
afterwards as well.
All new and existing players are
welcome to train Mondays and
Wednesdays (until 15th July)
and then Wednesdays and
Fridays from the season restart.
Visit the Burracoppin Football
Club Facebook page for more
Burracoppin Football Club
Sport and active recreation plays
an important role in community
development, connectiveness,
physical and mental health. On 6
June 2020, Phase 3 of the WA
Roadmap commenced,
increasing the number of people
that can gather to 100, permitting
contact sport and the opening of
gyms, following the encouraging
response to COVID-19 in WA.