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Friday, May 22nd, 2020 PHONE: 9041 1041
Leer from
China
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Naonal
Volunteer Week
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COVID-19 WA
Statistics
As at 19th May 2020
Tested 67,649
Confirmed Cases 557
Recovered 545
Deaths 9
Active cases in WA 3
Confirmed cases in
Regional WA
Goldfields 8 (1 active)
Great Southern 9 (0 active)
Kimberley 17 (0 active)
Midwest 3 (0 active)
Pilbara 5 (0 active)
South West 9 (0 active)
Wheatbelt 9 (0 active)
COVID-19 in Australia
WA—Cases 557—Deaths 9
ACT—Cases 107—Deaths 3
NSW—Cases 3,076—Deaths 46
NT—Cases 29—Deaths 0
QLD—Cases 1,057—Deaths 6
SA—Cases 439—Deaths 4
TAS—Cases 228—Deaths 13
VIC—Cases 1,567—Deaths 18
Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia
The lawn area around the Merredin CRC
is an ideal location for community events
like the Merredin Markets. Thanks to
support from Risen Energy (Australia)
this area can now be used for evening
events.
Risen Energy (Australia) provided
$3712.50 funding to the Merredin CRC
for the purchase of 3 SS Series LED 40W
solar streetlights with 4800-5400lm
Lumens and remote controls for
changing the scene selection.
The CRC is very appreciative of the
support from Risen Energy (Australia)
for the lights and to the Shire of Merredin
for the installation, which will allow
more evening events to be organised, not
only by the CRC, but other community
organisations and the Shire. It may also
provide somewhere for the many people
Risen Energy (Australia) lighting up
around the CRC
who, on Friday evenings, attend the food
van across the road.
The CRC looks forward to making the
whole lawn area, both around the CRC
and in between the CRC and Fine Arts
Society, a much more used location,
including outdoor tables and seating,
which, the Shire Executive Manager of
Works, advised would be proposed in the
upcoming Shire budget, which would be
very well received by the community.
Risen Energy (Australia) are the owners
of the Merredin Solar Farm which is
located on 460ha of former farming and
grazing country adjacent to the Western
Power Merredin Terminal and expect
live commissioning with Western Power
is potentially set to commence in the
upcoming weeks.
Shire of Merredin Sta installing the lights
Three new solar lights around Merredin CRC
The new solar lights will be great for the
Twilight Markets
2 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS
REGULAR EVENTS
0-4 Amity Health Playgroup—call
Claire Smith or email
csmith@amityhealth.com.au
A Choired Taste–Cancelled until
further notice. Call Langley Smith
on 0409 106 649.
All Saints Anglican Church
Sunday services will be suspended
for the time being. Connect through
Facebook chat or Zoom and reading
morning prayer at 10.00am each
Sunday. Contact Pauline 9044 1076
or Su 0427 412 709.
Bootscooting—Postponed until
further notice. Call Anjoeen on 9041
3005 or see Sue at the Chemist or
Lyn at the Post Office.
Mens Shed—Postponed until
further notice. 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
nd
Lieutenant
Karinda Smith Mob: 0427 080 913
Merredin Camera Club—Email
Daina for more info at
dainasutherland@bigpond.com.
Merredin Community Garden
Group Inc—for information please
contact the Chairperson, Gillian
Ovans 0427 701 655 or by email
merredincg@gmail.com.
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—Meetings cancelled until
further notice.
Merredin Fine Arts Society New
members welcome. Enquiries to
Margaret 0429 623 081.
Merredin Museum & Historical
Society—Closed until further notice.
Merredin Rifle Club—Call Steve
for more info on 0467 173 753.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Heather’s Hearsay
Do you think the AFL should be allowed to start playing
again?
Merredin United in Prayer
Cancelled for the time being. Will
be reviewed soon.
Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled
until further notice. Call 0428 125
613.
Peoples Baptist Church—
Cancelled until further notice. Ph
0435 284 796.
Playgroup—Contact Carissa Amm
on 0433 340 441.
Red Hat Lunch—Contact Julie
Townrow 0429 411 377 or email
julietownrow@westnet.com.au
Seniors Centre—Activities
suspended until further notice.
Seniors Centre Morning Tea—
Suspended until further notice.
Seniors Gentle Gym—Suspended
until further notice.
Seventh-day Adventist Church—
Closed until further notice. Services
will be available online. http://
wa.adventist.org.au/ The stream is
available on Saturday morning from
10 am. Call 0429 770 331.
St Marys Catholic Church,
Merredin— Father Andrew
Bowron, Ph 9041 1118.
Story-time—Cancelled until further
notice.
Tales of the PastCancelled until
further notice.
Tribal Bellydance & Drumming.
Call Kirsty on 0400 206 616.
Uniting Church—Cancelled until
further notice. 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.
THE PHOENIX
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Currently distribung @ 600 copies to
Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin,
Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin,
Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Nungarin,
Southern Cross, Tammin, Trayning &
Westonia.
Josh Burrell—
YES Go Freo.
Tom
Melville—I
dont care
either way.
Clare Smith—Thumbs up
to Hayley Billing for the
amazing Mothers Day
lunch packs. They were so
yum and fantastic value!
Dan Alberti—
Yep lets get
it going and
get some
footy back on
TV.
Louie Alberti—
Doesnt bother
me - I am not a
footy fanatic.
Michelle Gethin—I agree
with Clare Smith, it was
amazing! Thumbs up also
to Dimensions for their
sweets pack. I wanted to
support both businesses and
got one of each.
Gail Law—Thumbs up to
the community effort and
the good Police work for
finding the stolen caravan.
Merredin CRC— Thumbs
up to the awesome
customers who follow the
stay behind the line
guidelines.
THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020 3
By WHEATBELT NRM
Thousands of local jobs could be
generated through a $4 billion
combined federal and state economic
stimulus package in the conservation
and land management sector,
according to a coalition of
conservation, farming and land
management organisations.
The road to recovery will be a long
one, which will require each sector
of society to contribute in its own
way. The conservation and land
management sector stand ready to
support the delivery of economic
stimulus measures once social
distancing measures are eased, said
Natarsha Woods, CEO of Wheatbelt
NRM.
We know that sustainable, locally
delivered investment would deliver
practical, meaningful work for those
that need it, while leaving enduring
benefits for the environment. It
would also have significant
economic multipliers, with work
generated for local suppliers and
hospitality businesses.
Over 70 farming, conservation and
land management organisations
across the country, including
Conservation and land
management jobs can
stimulate economy as Covid-19
restrictions are eased
Wheatbelt NRM, National Farmers
Federation, the Australian Land
Conservation Alliance and Landcare
Australia have written to the Prime
Minister and all state Premiers
proposing a $4 billion combined
federal and state economic stimulus
package in the conservation and land
management sector.
In the Wheatbelt, projects such as the
River Rats can hit the ground
running as social distancing
measures are eased.
The River Rats teams would tackle
regional waterways and undertake
priority work. This would not only
provide employment but would have
social and economic benefits to the
towns as the river tends to be a
central attraction for the community.
With over 1 million people
predicted to be out of work in the
coming months, the conservation and
land management sector has the
capacity to provide recently
unemployed people with safe,
meaningful and socially beneficial
work, while leaving enduring
benefits for the environment, tourism
and farm businesses, said Natarsha
Woods.
The conservaon and land management sector has the capacity to provide employment
By KATHLEEN BROWN
Local Member for Central
Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA has
welcomed Federal Agriculture
Minister David Littleprouds
announcement of the successful
recipients for the Regional
Agricultural Show Development
Grants.
The Federal Government has
committed $20 million over two
years to assist regional agricultural
shows grow and prosper.
Our local agricultural shows are
major events in our regional towns
run by volunteer boards and
committees and are deserving of
this support,Ms Davies said.
The shows provide a showcase
for the agricultural sector, the
artistic and creative flair of the
community, and a social occasion
to bring everyone together.
This is particularly important
during times of hardship, and
provides a valuable boost to the
local economy.
Ms Davies said as a result of
COVID-19 a majority of regional
agricultural shows had been
cancelled or postponed leaving
Committees with little to no
income for the year.
Regional Ag Shows Secure
Federal Grant
The grants provide much-needed
funds to enable upgrades to
infrastructure to attract more
visitors to future events, and will
also benefit the community all year
round,Ms Davies said.
Congratulations to those that were
successful through this grants
round, I look forward to attending
these Shows next year and seeing
the outcome of your hard work.
The successful grant recipients in
the electorate of Central Wheatbelt
are:
Kellerberrin and Districts
Agricultural Society: $315,878 to
construct a new multipurpose
exhibition hall;
Mt Marshall and Districts
Agricultural Society: $90,000 to
provide accessibility ramp, outdoor
bar structure, ticket booth security
and a new water fountain with
disability access;
Quairading Agricultural Society
Inc: $81,710 Sealed flooring for the
AgShed, dome shelters, purpose-
built trailer for shelter transport,
portable light towers, cool room
and tiered seating:
York Agricultural Society:
$121,000 to construct a
multipurpose shed.
4 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
Court Report
5
th
May 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Jamie Aurisch was found guilty of
common assault. He was fined $600
and ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Jason Blewitt was convicted of
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.
Jaymen Bullock appeared on charges
of 3 counts of a breach of family
violence restraining order or violence
restraining order, 2 counts of
unlawful assault and thereby did
bodily harm with circumstances of
aggravation and a breach of
protective bail conditions. He was
remanded to appear in Northam on
the 18
th
May 2020.
Kenneth Bullock was convicted of
disorderly behaviour in public, threats
to injure, endanger or harm any
person and being an unlicensed
person who possesses firearm/
ammunition. He was fined $1500,
ordered to pay cost o of $391.
Callan Carter appeared on a charge of
having no authority to drive
suspended (other than fines
suspension). The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 16
th
June 2020.
Debra Cook appeared on charges of 2
counts of without lawful excuse
trespassed on a place and 2 counts of
stealing. The matters were adjourned
to appear in Merredin on the 6
th
May
2020.
Eric Cosh appeared on a charge of
threatened to distribute an intimate
image. He was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 16
th
June 2020.
Ryan Flanagan appeared on a charge
of common assault in circumstances
of aggravation or racial aggravation.
He was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 3
rd
June 2020.
Tommy Fraser was convicted of
having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), he was fined $300 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Kim Friis appeared on charges of
inadequate storage facility for
firearms, failing to ensure safe-
keeping of firearm/ammunition and
contravening/failing to comply with
any provision of regulations and was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 7
th
July 2020. He also appeared
on possessing or copying an indecent
or obscene article and was remanded
to appear in Merredin on the 7
th
July
2020.
Shauna Hansen appeared on charges
of burglary and commit and stealing.
She was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 3
rd
June 2020.
Jodi Hayden appeared on a charge of
common assault. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Midland on the
26
th
May 2020.
Colin Huggett plead guilty to failing
to comply with requirements made by
a member of the police force, he was
fined $300, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90 and had his licence
suspended for 3 months.
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 3
rd
June 2020.
Selina Jetta appeared on charges of
disorderly behaviour in public and 2
counts of assaulting a person who
was providing a health service to the
public. She was remanded to appear
in Merredin on the 16
th
June 2020.
Nicole Little was fined with
disorderly behaviour in public. She
was fined $1000 and ordered to pay
costs of $225.90.
Phillipa Little plead guilty to
disorderly behaviour in public. She
was fined $800 and ordered to pay
costs of $225.90.
Reece Long appeared on charges of
burglary and commit offence in
dwelling, 2 counts of stealing and
home burglary and commit. He was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 16
th
June 2020.
Danielle Mason appeared on charges
of 2 counts of stealing, 4 counts of
driving with a prescribed illicit drug
in oral fluid or blood, being a person
who breaches CRO or community
order without reasonable excuse,
having no authority to drive
suspended (other than fines
suspension), possessing a prohibited
drug (Methylamphetamine) and 2
counts of a breach of bail (fail to
appear soon after). She was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 3
rd
June 2020.
Nikayla-Joy Ovens appeared on a
charge of stealing as a servant. The
matter was adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 14
th
July 2020.
Andrew Reiling appeared on charges
of burglary and commit, stealing a
motor vehicle (as defined in section
371A Criminal Code) and possession
of stolen or unlawfully obtained
property. He was remanded to appear
in Merredin on the 3
rd
June 2020.
Saxon Rochford-Norris appeared on
charges of reckless driving, using an
unlicensed vehicle on a road and
driving, causing or permitting a
vehicle with a forged, replica or false
plate to be driven on a road. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 16
th
June 2020.
Kerry Smith appeared on a charge of
assault occasioning bodily harm. She
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 3
rd
June 2020.
Brittany Snell appeared on charges of
2 counts of possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property, having
no authority to drive suspended
(other than fines suspension),
possession of a prohibited drug with
intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine), 2 counts of
possessing drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant, giving false personal details
to police, failing to comply with
requirements made by a member of
the police force, aggravated home
burglary and commit and stealing.
She was remanded to appear in
Merredin on the 4
th
August 2020.
Kyle Stroinski appeared on charges of
2 counts of possessing a prohibited
drug (Cannabis), 86 counts of gains
benefit by fraud, possessing a
controlled weapon, possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant and 2
counts of a breach of bail
undertaking. He was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 20
th
May
2020.
Nathan Tengvall appeared on charges
of driving with a prescribed illicit
drug in oral fluid or blood, 3 counts
of having no authority to drive (fines
suspended), exceeding the speed limit
between 10 and 19km/h and failing to
comply with requirements made by a
member of the police force. The
matter was adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 7
th
July 2020.
Jarrod West appeared on a charge of
careless driving. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 3
rd
June 2020.
Tom Wood appeared on charges of
assault occasioning bodily harm, 2
counts of unlawful assault and
thereby did bodily harm with
circumstances of aggravation,
damaging property and common
assault in circumstances of
aggravation or racial aggravation. He
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 3
rd
June 2020.
Perth Courthouse
Christopher Milosz appeared on
charges of a breach of bail
undertaking, being an unlicensed
person who possesses firearm/
ammunition, 2 counts of failing to
comply with requirements made by a
member of the police force,
possessing a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine), driving with a
prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or
blood, stealing, possessing a
prohibited drug (Cannabis),
possessing a prohibited drug, 2 counts
of possessing drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant and possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property. He
was remanded to appear in Perth on
21st September 2020. He also
appeared on a charge of possession of
a prohibited drug with intent to sell or
supply (Methylamphetamine) and
was committed to appear in Perth on
the 3rd July 2020.
6
th
May 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Luke Brown appeared on a charge of
assault occasioning bodily harm. The
matter was adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 20
th
May 2020.
Jayden Davis appeared on a charge of
assault occasioning bodily harm. He
was remanded to appear in Merredin
on the 20
th
May 2020.
Deborah Cook appeared on charges
of 3 counts of without lawful excuse
trespassed on a place, 3 counts of
stealing and offer to sell or supply a
prohibited drug. She was remanded
to appear in Merredin on the 20
th
May
2020. She also appeared on further
charges of without lawful excuse
trespassed on a place and offer to sell
or supply a prohibited drug to
another, these charges were
dismissed.
7
th
May 2020
Kalgoorlie Courthouse
Amanda Todorovic appeared on
charges of without lawful excuse
trespassed on a place, possess a
prohibited drug (Cannabis),
unlawfully possessed a controlled or
prescription drug, 2 counts of having
no authority to drive (fines
suspended), stealing and stealing a
motor vehicle (as defined in section
371A Criminal Code). She was
remanded to appear in Kalgoorlie on
the 8
th
June 2020.
Perth Courthouse
Corey Holdem appeared on charges
of possessing a prohibited drug,
failing to comply with requirements
of police officer and possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant. He
was remanded to appear in Perth on
the 11
th
June 2020. He also appeared
for possession of stolen or unlawfully
obtained property which was
adjourned to appear in Perth on the
11
th
June 2020.
11
th
May 2020
Northam Courthouse
Barbara Allen appeared on charges of
2 counts of possession of a prohibited
drug with intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine), possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained
property and possessing a prohibited
drug (Methylamphetamine). She was
remanded to appear in Northam on
the 12th May 2020
Perth Courthouse
Christopher Milosz appeared on
charges of 2 counts of possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained
property, having ready access to both
weapons and illegal drugs, stealing
and aggravated burglary and commit.
He was remanded in custody to
appear in Northam on the 25
th
May
2020.
12
th
May 2020
Northam Courthouse
Barbara Allen appeared on charges of
2 counts of possession of a prohibited
drug with intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine), possession of
stolen or unlawfully obtained
property and possessing a prohibited
drug (Methylamphetamine). She was
remanded to appear in Northam on
the 17th June for some charges, and
on the 20th August for others.
Perth Courthouse
Teio Anderson appeared on charges
of 3 counts of aggravated burglary
(Continued on page 5)
THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020 5
Police Report
By Sergeant CHRIS
THOMPSON Merredin Police
Hello Readers,
Merredin Police have once again
been busy over the past couple of
weeks targeting criminals in and
around our area.
Local Police continue to target
persons suspected to be involved in
the supply of drugs within our
community, with a focus on
methylamphetamine. These illicit
drugs which are being distributed in
our town cause immense harm to
our community. This harm is
expressed by increased crime,
victims of crime, family violence
and mental health issues. On this
note if you need information,
support or help regarding meth
addiction the website
www.cracksintheice.org.au is a
valuable point of reference.
Part of this ongoing focus resulted
in a number of search warrants
being executed in Merredin and
Burracoppin earlier this month.
Officers from surrounding stations
and Canine Section assisted with
these warrants. As a result of these
actions, a 54 year old male from
Burracoppin and a 57 year old male
from Merredin were charged with
drug related offences. Both were
summonsed to appear at the
Merredin Magistrates Court.
On Friday 8
th
May police stopped a
motorist and subjected him to a
Random Drug Test that resulted in a
positive result for cannabis and
methylamphetamine. A small
amount of cannabis was also
located in the vehicle. The 28 year
old man from Burran Rock was
summonsed for those offences.
Police stopped a motorist on the 9
th
May and found the 32 year old male
driver to be intoxicated. He was
conveyed to the police station for a
breath test with the resulting alcohol
reading being 0.091. His licence
was instantly disqualified with a
court appearance to follow.
On Wednesday 14
th
May Police
received a report of an aggressive
male in town that was punching
signs, damaging fences and
threatening members of the public.
Merredin Police promptly
responded and located the big angry
man on Kitchener Road; a 30 year
old Merredin local. Due to his
aggressive behaviour he was
arrested and conveyed to the
Merredin Lock-up. Unfortunately
for this individual, he was unable to
calm himself down and deliberately
damaged the police cell. For his
troubles, he was escorted to the
Perth Watch House and given the
opportunity to explain himself to
the Magistrate the following day.
He was charged with disorderly
conduct and criminal damage.
As always you can report any
suspicious or illegal activity to
Merredin Police on 9030 0175 or
131 444 or through Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000. Anonymous
information can be reported to
www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
Until next time, take care.
Library Musings
By WENDY PORTER—
Merredin Library
Hopefully everyone has been
keeping safe and is looking forward
to the new normal’.
The Merredin Library has been
preparing to re-open, with some
restrictions for Monday 18
th
May
2020. Plans are in place to
maximise the safety of both staff
and visitors to the library, including
hand sanitizer, new layouts and lots
of information about how to stay
safe.
The Merredin Library will initially
be opened with reduced hours.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays the Library will be open
from 10.00am to 2.00pm,
Wednesdays from 1.00pm to
5.00pm, and Saturday mornings
from 10.00am 12noon. Please
contact the Library on 90411222 to
confirm opening hours.
Our new Call & Collect service will
continue. If you havent tried this
yet, call the Library on 90411222 to
make an appointment for pickup and
let library staff know what type of
books you would like. Library staff
will select the books for you. This
is available for adult and childrens
books. We will try to supply exact
titles but this will depend upon
whether the items are on the shelf or
not. You may end up with a new
favourite author!
All the e-resources will still be
available for library members. If
you are not a member yet, but only
want to access e-resources, fill out
the form on the Shire of Merredin
Website and become an e-member.
To borrow from the library you will
need to complete a full membership
form, and show proof of address.
The overnight chute will once again
be open so if you would just like to
return your library items you can.
No overdues or fines will be issued
for overdue items.
Stay safe and see you soon.
Court Report
with intent, no authority to drive –
suspended (other than fines
suspension), being a driver of a
vehicle who failed to comply with a
direction to stop (circumstances of
aggravation), possession of prohibited
drugs with intent to sell or supply
(Cannabis) and reckless driving to
escape pursuit by police. He was
remanded to appear in Perth on the
2
nd
June 2020.
14th May 2020
Geraldton Courthouse
Dione Oliffe appeared on charges of
2 counts of having no authority to
drive—suspended (other than fines
suspension), 8 counts of stealing,
without lawful excuse trespassing on
a place and possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant. The
matter was adjourned to appear in
Geraldton on the 4th June 2020.
15th May 2020
Midland Courthouse
Aubrey McGrath was listed to appear
(Continued from page 4)
on charges of 2 counts of stealing,
stealing a motor vehicle and drives or
assumes control without consent and
having no authority to drive
(expired). He failed to appear. A
warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Rockingham Courthouse
John McLernon was convicted of
being a person who smokes in or on a
conveyance who commits an offence,
disorderly behaviour in public and
possessing drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant. He received a $1500 fine
and was ordered to pay costs of
$225.90.
18th May 2020
Northam Courthouse
Jaymen Bullock was convicted of 3
counts of breach of family violence
restraining order or violence
restraining order, 2 counts unlawful
assault and thereby did bodily harm
with circumstances of aggravation
and a breach of protective bail
conditions. He was fined $20 and
received a conditional suspended
imprisonment order.
6 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
NVW is an annual celebration to acknowledge
the generous contribution of volunteers.
In an ordinary year, thousands of events would
be held across the country to say thank you to the
millions of volunteers, but COVID-19 this year
has made it no ordinary year!
Planned events had to be cancelled with some
taking to social media, Zoom partiesand other
virtual events to acknowledge their volunteers.
Merredin CRC had planned a Volunteer
morning tea at the May Markets which like all
other events was cancelled due to COVID-19
restrictions.
But that doesnt stop us acknowledging all the
wonderful volunteers in Merredin through The
Phoenix newspaper. So THANK YOU to all the
volunteers who are involved in community
organisations, emergency services, arts and
culture, environment, history and heritage,
youth, seniors, sport, community events and
projects and make Merredin such a great place.
Volunteers are the most important resource a
community can have. The value of volunteering
is much deeper, much more fulfilling and much
more important in contributing to a healthy and
vibrant community than money can ever
measure. In the end, we cannot and should not
put a dollar value on the worth of volunteers, the
value is priceless!
Merredin CRC are very fortunate to have some
wonderful volunteers including our Management
Committee, volunteers that help with the
Markets and other events, the Pet Cemetery,
National Volunteer Week (NVW) 18 – 24 May
catering and the volunteers who have put their
names forward to help with the seniors and
vulnerable in our community during the COVID-
19, phoning them regularly, doing shopping,
dropping off library books and Activity Booklets
and just having a chat with those that are lonely.
THANK YOU .
Merredin CRC take this opportunity to feature one
of our amazing volunteers Kim Muggridge. Kim
volunteers every day at the CRC from 9am 2pm
and is such an enthusiastic, friendly and very
helpful volunteer, who the staff are extremely
grateful to for all her help and would be lost
without her.
Thank you to the Merredin Shire for featuring
Merredin CRC on social media as part of NVW
2020.
If anyone is interested in volunteering within the
community, please call into the Merredin CRC and
register, we would love for you to be involved.
Kim Muggridge, Merredin CRC volunteer
Why Be A Volunteer?
Its not for money, its not for fame
and its not for any personal gain.
Its just for love of fellow man.
Its just to lend a helping hand.
Its just to give a little of oneself.
Thats something you cant
buy with wealth.
Its not the medals worn with pride.
Its just for that feeling deep inside.
Its that reward deep in your heart.
Its feeling that youve been a part
of helping others far and near.
Thats what makes you a
VOLUNTEER.
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Hi Merredin,
We are the naughty student
pilots who were trained in
Merredin and broke the peace 24
years ago.
Thanks for having us. Our days in
Merredin are the most precious
memories that play back in our
minds from time to time.
The gratitude to the people of
Merredin is getting dense as we
are no longer young.
The outbreak and spread of Covid-
19 makes us deeply worried about
the residents of the town.
We hope sincerely that the
undisturbed life of Merredin will
return soon and last forever and
everyone is safe.
Although there is very few things
we can do for Merredin with the
longest social distancing”, the
students of our class put some
Letter to the Editor
money together to allow us to send
you some PPE against unexpected
needs.
With the strictest quarantine, our
daily life in China has, step by step
resumed to normal.
Merredin, the place we took offin
our life, the play yard on the lonely
planet and the big family we found
in Merredin for young guys of
those years, we deeply wish
everyone will be OK.
Many thanks to our old friends
Terry and Lois, the key role in
keeping us connected with
Merredin all these years.
Gao Fei
China
Editors note: facemasks are
available free at the Merredin
CRC, Anglican Church, United
Church, St Marys Church,
Jehovah Witness Church and
Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The students at St Marys are all so
glad to be back at school after a stint
of home learning due to COVID19.
Here are the reflections of some of
the St Marys students as to why
they love being back at school:
Jacob (PP) I like being back at
school because the school bikes do
cool wheelies.
Tahlia (PP) I like being back at
school because my friends are here
and they are awesome!
Mackenzie (PP) I like being back
at school because I can be with my
friends and do lots of counting.
Sanjo (PP) I like being back at
school because I can play with the
iPads.
Nate (Y1) I love being back at St
Marys School, because I can learn
new and exciting things.
Emily (Y1) I love being back at St
Marys School, because I have
missed all of my teachers.
Van (Y1) I love being back at St
Marys School, because I enjoy bush
play at lunchtime.
Caitlin (Y2) Learning new fun
stuff like time. I really liked that one!
Why I love being back at school
Ella (Y2) Seeing my fr iends
because I didn't get to see them and I
missed them.
Olivia (Y2) Playing with all my
friends because it is very fun and I
didn't get to play with them at home
because of the virus.
Zac (Y2) I thought we would come
back to school and cross country
would be cancelled and now it isn't.
Jack (Y3) Its fun to be at school
because of bush play. Bush play is
the best because you can build new
cubbies. I especially love recess and
lunch!!
Caitlin (Y3) I get to lear n mor e
and see all my friends. I have
enjoyed Maths because I learnt how
to find perimeter in Mental Maths.
Korben (Y3) I am glad to be back
at school so I am not stuck at home!
Sometimes school is fun when there
is Art.
Elsie (Y4) I love being back at
Saint Mary's because when I came
back I felt like I was home. I love
learning so I was so pleased when
my Mum said I was going back to
school.
Tomas (Y4) I love being back at
Saint Mary's because I like doing
sport with Mrs Criddle and seeing
the teachers.
Ellie (Y4) I love being back at
Saint Mary's because it is a safe
place to be. It is a happy place to be.
It is amazing and fun!
Jake (Y5) It is a better lear ning
environment at school than at home.
Shelby (Y6) The teachers help me
to learn new things every day to help
me get better. I am loving to see the
teachers faces and happiness.
Casey (Y6) I get to see my friends
and teachers with a big smile on their
faces ready to greet me. My teachers
help me to learn new things every
day.
Gao Fei with Terry and Lois Willis and the rest of the students who trained at China
Southern West Australian Flying College, Merredin and who donated the masks
to the Merredin community
8 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020 9
Year 12 ATAR modern history
students revising using ICT Kahoot!
And Quizlet activities on the iPads
The year 6 class has been working
on creating rollercoasters for
Ozobots, they had to ensure they
coded the speed correctly to get the
Ozobot safely around the course.
On Friday 8 May they held a
showcase to show their designs and
celebrate their achievement.
Year 6 Ozbots
Year 12 ATAR Modern History
Kindy/Pre-
Primary Class
We were all very excited to return to
school at the beginning of the term!!
Here's a pic of our lile 'space' themed
home corner Mrs Kudas & Mrs Goodier
have created for us this term.
Check out our Crazy Hair Daywe had as
we stayed connected through Seesaw
during stay at home learning
getting ready for their semester 1
exams.
By KATHLEEN BROWN
Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia
Davies MLA has launched a new
Local Herosmall grants program to
help support local community groups
across the Central Wheatbelt
electorate.
Ms Davies said that in her role as the
local State Member she was always
pleased to support groups and the
new program would offer small but
meaningful grants to the community.
My new Mias Local Hero Grants
program will provide $250 grants for
local groups who support and enrich
our community in the electorate of
Central Wheatbelt, Ms Davies said.
The first round opens on 1
st
May
2020 and Id encourage eligible
groups to make an application.
It could be to support or sponsor a
local event, contribute toward the
purchase of new equipment or
materials, or to assist your group to
better support your members or
community.
Ms Davies said the grants provided
an opportunity to show her support,
thanks and appreciation for the
hardworking volunteer and not-for-
profit organisations that make such a
difference in our community.
The application process isnt
onerous, but it will be competitive so
Mias Local Hero Grants
make sure you explain clearly how
the money will be used and why it
will benefit the community or people
you support,she said.
There will be more than one round
a year, so if youre unsuccessful in
this round Id encourage you to
apply again when we re-open them
down the track.
Im looking forward to receiving
the applications, and if anyone has
concerns about their eligibility they
should contact my office.
Round 1 opens 1
st
May 2020 and
closes at 4.00pm on Monday 1
St
June
2020.
For further information on how to
apply visit https://
www.nationalswa.com/our-team/mia
-davies/ or contact the electorate
office on 9041 1702 (Merredin) or
9622 2871 (Northam).
10 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
The community are enjoying the
Activity Books so much that were
considering adding a puzzle page
to the Phoenix.
Come and grab an Activity book
from the CRC and let us know
what puzzles youd like to see in
the Phoenix.
THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020 11
12 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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PHOTOCOPIERS COMMERCIAL
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By CANCER COUNCIL
We understand that even prior to
the COVID-19 pandemic, a cancer
diagnosis can cause a significant
financial burden as a result of
reduced income and treatment
costs. However, the extra pressure
created by wide-spread job losses
and self-isolation is resulting in
more cancer patients than ever
before needing support.
That's why we have been working
hard to ensure those affected by
cancer have access to more
practical and financial assistance
during these uncertain times.
With the help of some incredible
partner organisations, and the
generosity of our amazing donors
and supporters, we are now able to
offer the following additional
support services.
Telstra Bill Assistance Program
The Telstra Bill Assistance
Program assists people who are
COVID-19: practical and financial help for cancer patients
experiencing financial hardship and
having difficulty paying their Telstra
bill. For cancer patients who may be
working and studying from home or
self-isolating in response to COVID-
19, demand for connectivity will
have risen and subsequent higher
bills are associated with this.
Our Financial Hardship Program can
offer additional financial assistance
by paying Telstra bills that have an
account number starting with "2000".
Certificates for Telstra Business
Accounts or FOXTEL from Telstra
Accounts cannot be paid; instead
$500 maximum on any one bill or in
any one month can be provided for
eligible clients.
This support is also open to eligible
cancer patients who are in significant
financial distress and have already
exhausted their Financial Hardship
Program funding.
Please call our cancer nurses on 13
11 20 to find out more.
Cancer Council WA Financial
Hardship Program
In addition to these COVID-19 relief
initiatives, Cancer Council WA can
offer financial assistance to patients
undergoing cancer treatment who
meet our financial hardship criteria.
The lighter side of COVID-19
Social distancing in a café in Germany
This support is available thanks to
our generous donors and supporters.
For more information about this
program, or any of those listed
above, please call our cancer nurses
on 13 11 20. They are available to
talk between 9am and 5pm Monday
to Friday.
14 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
One persons trash is another
persons treasure.
Sell your unwanted goods
today.
Call 9041 1041 to advertise
in the Classies.
ARIES—March 21 to April 19
Sometimes chaotic conditions provide opportunities.
In your professional life there are people who dont
know which way to turn and who are confused about
their options. Some relationships cant be relied on
and some people cant be trusted. You are flexible
enough to weave your way through chaotic traffic
and reach your goals.
TAURUS—April 20 to May 20
A time to carefully gather what resources you have.
The pandemic may have affected earning capacity
and you may be confused and uncertain. Implement
the advice you get from experts and talk to family to
shed light on the possibilities. Partners have their
own problems and will be of little help, but people
you have worked with before are the key to success.
GEMINI—May 21 to June 20
The time is a busy one for you with a lot of people to
relate to and a lot of issues to resolve, many of them
connected with the past. Relationships are messy
right now, particularly regarding chaotic conditions
affecting work and career, but you are uniquely
placed to see opportunities where others just
experience confusion.
CANCER—June 21 to July 22
Interesting opportunities connected with groups or
international connections are here. Generally, this is
a time when you keep yourself very much to
yourself. You communicate effectively online and
there are quite a number of threads that need to be
carefully untangled. People you work with, need to
be supervised, otherwise nothing will get done.
LEO—July 23 to August 22
There is a strong focus on friends, social connections
and your role in society and the groups of which you
are a part. This is a time when friends turn to you
for help with the chaos and confusion in their lives
and relationships. You may discover that some
people are simply too disorganised to be relied on, or
too dishonest to be trusted.
VIRGO—August 23 to September 22
Despite, or perhaps because of, recent upheavals,
new connections at work give you the competitive
edge. You will soon see a welcomed break from the
busy communication in your work and this is a good
time to nurture friendships and enjoy family and
kids. Your empathy plays a key role in helping
people who are lost.
LIBRA—September 23rd October 22
There are lots of big questions you are asking
yourself at the moment, but very few clear answers.
You may be involved with different people on
different fronts which leads to confusion and
disappointment. When you try to say things to make
it better, you just end up being misunderstood or
vulnerable to attack. Therefore you need to proceed
carefully.
SCORPIO—October 23 to November 21
If you are musically inclined, or interested in art and
film, this is an excellent period for you. If you are
looking for love and romance, you may find it on the
big screen, but it is going to be elusive in real life.
Partners or potential dates are not able to make up
their minds when faced with several options.
SAGITTARIUS—Nov 22 to December 21
Relationships are important at the moment and there
are people to meet and things that need to be
discussed. This is a time when a relationship with a
friend can become prominent, perhaps someone who
is in a romantic crisis, or who is confronted with
some kind of impossible choice. This could also
apply to a child or a family member.
CAPRICORN—Dec 22 to January 19
You have a window of about a month to organise
work and finances and prepare the groundwork for
major changes taking place at the end of the year.
Efforts are undermined by confusing circumstances
which can create chaotic conditions at work. The
key issue is communication, and a major effort needs
to be made to sort out something from the past.
PISCES—February 19 to March 20
You need to dynamically engage in the things you
believe in and follow your dreams. If you are
socially, spiritually or politically involved, then
beliefs tend to be intense and not always realistic.
Try to avoid extreme thinkers with extreme
solutions. Meanwhile, there is a strong focus on
developments around the home.
AQUARIUS—January 20 to February 18
Time is on your side as regards to realising your
personal agenda over the next few weeks, but after
July there will be a reversion to circumstances where
you have less control. This window of opportunity
is best used to develop your talent for creativity and
communication, but there are distractions. If you are
romantically involved you may be disappointed.
CLASSIFIEDS
MERREDIN COMMUNITY CARE WORKERS NEEDED
$30/h casual
Essenal Criteria
Cercate III in Aged, Individual Support
Current Naonal Police Check (Within 3 months)
WA Drivers Licence with your own vehicle
Current or willing to obtain a First Aid and CPR
Cercate
Has a Smart Mobile Phone
If interested apply at www.rightathome.com.au or call
Ketul on 9035 0417.
Casual/Fixed Term Position -
Mentor
Merredin College/Rutherford
Trade Training Centre
Expressions of Interest
Merredin College is currently seeking expressions of
interest for a person interested in a casual/fixed term
position assisting a small group of Educational
Support students with manual arts projects. Welding
and manual arts experience preferred. The position is
8.30am-3.00pm on Thursday and Fridays.
Successful applicants will require a Department of
Education Working with Children check
and Police screening.
The position would suit a retiree who enjoys hands on
work who would see themselves as a good
mentor for students.
To register your interest please contact Mrs Janelle
Lane on 9041 0900.
Double bed base and mattr ess$150. Bird cage
6 x 4$300. Call 9041 1286.
For Sale
Positions Vacant
By CONSUMER PROTECTION
Shopping online during a global pandemic
certainly has its perks – you can order almost
anything your heart desires from the safety and
comfort of home, while playing your part to
reduce the spread of a deadly disease.
Therefore its little wonder that online shopping
sales have boomed during COVID-19, but if you
have ordered something from the internet lately,
chances are you would have noticed a delay in its
delivery to your door.
Despite delivering up to two million parcels a
day, Australia Post attributes the delays to a
combination of the higher demand, reduced air
freight capacity due to restrictions on domestic
and international flights, as well as the
implementation of extra health and safety
measures to protect its staff and customers.
Many businesses are also struggling to manage
delays in supply, so its important to be patient
and anticipate some deliveries may take longer
than usual.
Consumer Protection has received 136
complaints about late delivery of online orders
since the start of this year, with 42 of those
complaints lodged in April alone.
If you have ordered goods online in the pandemic
and delivery is delayed, contact the supplier
immediately to ask whether the goods are still
available and when you can expect delivery.
Should the goods fail to arrive in a reasonable
amount of time, your Australian Consumer Law
(ACL) rights mean you can ask for a refund or
other remedy such as a credit note. If you have
paid by credit card and do not receive your
purchase, you should seek a chargeback from
your financial institution.
When placing an order, always confirm the
timeframe for delivery and keep a record of your
transaction by printing or taking a screenshot of
your order confirmation, invoice or receipt. Be
sure to check the sellers policy on returns,
refunds, shipping, insurance and warranties,
especially if they are based overseas.
It might be the World Wide Web, but the ACL is
generally easier to enforce if you buy from an
Australian business, so this is one of the major
benefits of shopping with online retailers based in
Australia. For other online shopping tips visit:
www.staysmartonline.gov.au/protect-yourself/
doing-things-safely/shopping-online
To lodge a complaint about delivery delays or
goods not arriving at all, contact Consumer
Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or
consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au.
Online shopping
delivers delays
THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020 15
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed
our lives in just a matter of weeks, with
social distancing, working from home,
loss of jobs and meeting via
technology, but we have also seen some
families talking more (even if on
Zoom) and neighbours interacting and
socialising at a distance.
There has also been some wonderful
support for those seniors and vulnerable
people within their communities, not
only locally but statewide and Merredin
is very appreciative to Bunnings
Warehouse.
Bunnings donated a number of craft
activity packs to the Merredin Shire for
the seniors and vulnerable in the
community, which were generously
transported from Perth by Merredin
Farms.
Volunteers have been contacting the
people on the seniors/vulnerable list
and letting them know what the packs
include - windowsill planters,
decorative Christmas trees, tablet
holders, garden caddies, small trucks
and more, and that they can be
delivered to them. Some packs were
also delivered to Beringa Frail Aged
Lodge this week.
Merrittville residents receive an
Activity Booklet each week and the
Craft Activity Packs were mentioned on
the booklet and available for collection
from Merredin CRC or Merredin
Craft Activity Packs for
Seniors and Vulnerable People
Library.
We look forward to seeing some
photos of the finished craft, so we can
publish them in the Phoenix and on the
Shire and CRC social media pages and
show off your incredible works of art
to Bunnings!
Merredin CRC sta member Anastasia,
with some of the packs
16 THE PHOENIX Friday, May 22nd, 2020
By PETER BARRETT
As we approach the winter solstice it is
surprising to some just how much
Wheatbelt Telescope Fun can be had
between the clouds. Have you noticed how
often a cloudy day becomes a crystal clear
cloudless night? Check the barometer. High
pressure suggests nice clear skies at night.
It also means that all the warmth near the
ground has no cloudy blanket to keep it
there, and so the best nights for winter
observing are also the coldest. Warm
jackets and uggies are more important
astronomical accessories than binoculars
and telescopes!
Venus moves into inferior conjunction on
the 4
th
and is therefore too close to the sun
for observation. Meanwhile Mercury,
which was in superior conjunction just a
month ago, is at its maximum eastern
elongation also on the 4th. It will be easily
visible in the west in the evening for an
hour and three quarters after sunset by the
end of the fortnight. These two planets will
Astronomy
WTF 22nd May—4th June 2020
be very close tonight low in the evening sky
as one of them slinks away while the other
takes its place. The big boys Jupiter and
Saturn are now rising in the mid evening
and soon they will be up just after sunset.
The four Galilean moons Ganymede Callisto
Io and Europa can easily be seen through
binoculars, literally wizzing around the
striped disk of Jupiter, and it may be
possible to make out the rings of Saturn
which is even closer to Jupiter than it was
last year. These two have gradually moved
out of the Milky Way but are still close
enough to make that part of the sky
particularly rich in empyrean jewellery.
Mars then rises at about midnight.
Observing these three planets in a dead
straight line it will be clear that the earth
may be round but the solar system is flat,
with all the planets the sun and the moon
following the same line through the sky
from east to west. Did I say the Earth was
round? Actually it is not. The law of
conservation of angular momentum
gradually flattens anything that spins,
including the Solar System, the Galaxy, the
Earth and probably the whole universe. It
turns out the flat earth society are in fact
partly correct. 0.003 per cent correct, to be
slightly more precise.
The area in the North between Leo and
Artcturus is called Coma Berenices, or the
Egyptian Queen Berenices hair. It was so
named because she promised to cut off her
hair as a votive offering if her husband
returned safely from war, back in 300BC or
thereabouts. This constellation is not
populated by any particularly bright stars but
it is of interest to astronomers because it lies
in the dirtection of our Milky Way galaxys
North Pole”, that is, the northern end of the
axis around which the entire Galaxy spins.
Not surprisingly this is an area of the sky
with not many stars in it, although a small
telescope will reveal a large cluster of
individual galaxies lying in that direction.
The South Galactic pole in Sculptor has
even fewer. The bright but quite lonely
spring star Fomalhaut is nearby, a
counterpoint to very bright Arcturus. These
two stars form antipodes, one being
overhead while the other is directly
underfoot. The plane of rotation of the
Earth differs from that of the solar system
by 23.5 degrees. The south pole of the
Solar System lies in the contellation of
Dorado, very close to the Large Magellanic
Cloud. The North Pole of this axis is in
Draco, a constellation we here in Merredin
cannot completely see.
The Solar system intersects the Milky Way
near its centre in Sagittarius and in the
corresponding antipodes of Taurus. As ther
middle of winter approaches so the centre
of the Galaxy begins to rise at sunset and
set in the early morning. The rising of
Sagittarius also marks the completion of the
rising of the huge Indigenous constellation
of the Emu, which extends all the way from
The Southern Cross overhead.
All this means we are fast approaching the
best time of the year for dark skies, bright
planets and a scintillating smorgasbord of
stars. Keep warm out there.