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Price: $2.00 Inside this ISSUE Friday, February 26th 2021 PHONE: 9041 1041 Merredin Community Gardens Page 15 COVID-19 WA Statistics As at 23rd February 2021 Tested 857,169 Confirmed Cases 913 Recovered 901 Deaths 9 Active cases in WA 3 COVID-19 in Australia WA—Cases 913—Deaths 9 ACT—Cases 118 —Deaths 3 NSW—Cases 5,150—Deaths 54 NT—Cases 104—Deaths 0 QLD—Cases 1,323—Deaths 6 SA—Cases 610—Deaths 4 TAS—Cases 234—Deaths 13 VIC—Cases 20,479—Deaths 820 Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia Rural Dance School Page 28 Phone 9020 5609 17 Bates Street Merredin Roving Reporters—Kellerberrin By PETER & JENNI BARRET—Roving Reporters 1. It was busy. We left home, which is in a far corner of the Kellerberrin Shire, at about 7:30 Saturday morning. It was cool and sunny, perfect weather for outdoor adventures. We turned onto Goldfields Road at Old Doodlakine and set course on the dusty gravel for town. It wasn’t long before we came across heavy traffic at Wooloundra North Road. Following the growing procession of 4WDs, utes, horse floats and campers we came to local identity Peter Mitchell’s Hayshed venue. An army of staff and volunteers at the gate told us we had arrived at Woodstock and the entry fee was $70. We flashed our roving reporter identities and got to sneak in. Once inside I couldn’t help notice this was rather different from the Woodstock I remember from back in the sixties on a farm in upper New York state. Instead of hippies dressed only in flowers there were cowboys, bogans, bikers and ragers of every description. The turnout of specially prepared vehicles was already impressive even at this early stage. Motocross was in full swing. Steers were being prepared for roping. A burnout pit had been carefully set up, and there were dozens of sideshows, rides and “carnies” getting ready for the onslaught of people. We saw blokes and chicks in stetsons enjoying a Bundy and Coke for breakfast in the muddiest 4WD I had ever seen. Utes bedecked in flags and cars with outlandishly large tyres were starting to arrive in larger numbers. Brad Atkinson was there with his very pretty Squirrel helicopter. We had a good look around for an hour and then left for town. The influx of vehicles and people had increased tenfold. This was getting huge. (Continued on page 3)

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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 0-4 Amity Health Playgroup—call Claire Smith or email csmith@amityhealth.com.au A Choired Taste– Mondays 7pm—9pm at 47 Coronaon Street. Call Emma Aitken 0487 351 167 or Chloe Willcocks 0438 891 761. All Saints Anglican Church—Sunday 28th St Thomas Church. Contact Pauline 9044 1076 or Su 0427 412 709. Bootscoong—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 Oce. Global Caravan Tribal Dance and Drumming— Mondays at the Merredin CRC. 5pm: Beginners dance class. 5.30pm: Tribal drumming class. 6.00pm Advanced dancers class. Call Kirsty on 9041 1041. Men’s Shed—Thursdays 2pm—5pm. Please call Peter McCrae on 0427 625 027 for more info. Merredin Army Cadet Unit 510—For further informaon please contact Ocer in Charge 2nd Lieutenant Karinda Smith Mob 0427 080 913. Merredin Camera Club—Email Daina for more info at dainasutherland@ bigpond.com. Merredin Church of Christ—Sundays 10am on Throssell Road. Kids Club—K—Year 6 Fridays during school term 3.15pm—5.00pm. Guys Only Youth Group Year 6—Year 12. Every second Friday during school term 3.30pm—5.00pm. Ross 0439 964 466. Merredin Community Garden Group—for informaon please contact the Chairperson, Julie Nicole on 0428 414 763 or by email merredincg@gmail.com. Merredin Community Resource Centre—Wednesday 24th March 5.30pm. COMMUNITY CALENDAR It’s the Wheatbelt Show season. What is the thing you are looking forward the most at your local show? Merredin Fine Arts Society—New members welcome. Enquiries to Margaret 0429 623 081. Merredin Museum & Historical Society—Next meeng Wednesday 3rd March 5pm. Merredin Rie Club—Call Steve for more info on 0467 173 753. Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled unl further noce. Call 0427 412 709. People’s Bapst Church—Kellerberrin 11am Sunday Workshop. Ph 0435 284 796. Playgroup—Contact Kristy Sharp on 0400 246 123. Seniors Centre—call Jeanee Fegan on 0460 002 543 for informaon. Seniors Centre Morning Tea—every Thursday at 10am. Seniors Cra Group—Wednesdays at 10am at the Senior Centre. Seniors Gentle Gym—Tuesdays at 2pm at the Senior Centre. Seventh-day Advenst Church—Has re-opened for worshipping. Everyone welcome. Call 0429 770 331. St Mary’s Catholic Church, Merredin—Father Andrew Bowron, Ph 9041 1118. Tales of the Past—Merredin Library 10.00 – 11.30, rst Monday of the month. Uning Church—Fih 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. Wildower Society Merredin Branch—Call President Mal Harper on 0437 388 292. PUT YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT IN THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR Call 9041 1041 Have your say THE PHOENIX Produced fortnightly 110 Barrack Street, Merredin Ph: 9041 1041 Fax: 9041 1042 Deadlines (A WEEK BEFORE ISSUE DATE) Arcles: 5pm Wednesday Adverts: Booking 5pm Thursday Copy nalised 11am Friday Classieds: 10am Monday Contact 9041 1041 Content/producon—Kirsty Rochford administraon@merredincrc.com Content—Debbie Morris merredin@crc.net.au Adversing— markeng@merredincrc.com Upcoming Edions 12th March & 26th March 9th April & 12th April Available as an online subscripon www.phoenixnews.com.au Currently distribung @ 600 copies to Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin, Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin, Trayning & Westonia. Penny Ann Lee—Thumbs up to the Merredin Shire for our nice new road. Lesley Watson—Thumbs up to Anjoeen Wells and the Merredin Bootscooters who competed at the West State Line Up and walked away with some medals under their belt buckles. Clayton Murray—Bumper cars. Spike Jones—Good weather and for the biggest crowd ever after not having a show last year...let’s turn up. Cherie Pointon—Everything, can’t wait to take our babies, I loved it when I was a kid/teenager. Food vans, rides and Sideshow Alley. Cortney Marie—Being able to enjoy a nice event out with my family without it being cancelled hopefully! (we hope so too Cortney—Merredin Show Committee). Aleece Shearer—Horses in action. Terri Clark—Everything! It’s such a happy time for the community. Micheal Campbell—The coin machines. Greg Shea—I like going to the show to catch up with everyone. Kirsty Rochford—Fireworks! Jane Patroni—a vibrant meeting of lots of people and a great atmosphere. Kelly Kudas—Thumbs down to the current parking situation. Still damn danger in there, when is this trial over?? Peter Dalton—Thumbs up to the best Court report in WA. Josie Duffield—Thumbs up to the staff that collect the shopping trolleys. Lately they are left from one end of the street to the other.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 3 2. It’s a horse lover’s paradise Driving around town the interest in all things equestrian is obvious. The Central Wheatbelt Harness Racing Club season goes from late March through to November with a meeting every second Sunday. There are pony clubs and Clydesdale breeders. Stables exercise yards and high white fences are conspicuous throughout the townsite. Motorists learn to keep one eye out for mounted traffic. 3. Get ya Phoenix at the Pharmacy Henry and his partner Fedora are the best drug dealers in town, keeping its inhabitants healthy and also well informed as they also operate as a news and lotto agent. They love the Phoenix and have it right next to the till where it can’t be missed. We enjoyed an hour or so sitting out the front chatting with locals and eating a pie from the bakery. Everyone agreed Keller is a great place to shop. (Continued from page 1) 4. Keller Rocks You have probably observed from our reports that we love big rocks and Keller has a large selection for your geological enjoyment. On the Quairading road Mt Stirling and Mt Caroline are majestic examples of three billion year old granite and Kellerberrin Hill on the northern side of the townsite is a great vantage point to take it all in. The access road winds around behind the cemetery to a lookout facing the townsite and the vista of these big rocks to the south. A full round of golf at Kellerberrin involves a circumnavigation of this monolith. 5. The Pipeline C.Y. O’Connor’s Goldfields Pipeline, Western Australia’s greatest infrastructure engineering achievement runs right through central Kellerberrin on the northern side of Massingham Street, diving under the ground at West Crossing and re-emerging at East Crossing. This makes it the perfect name for a local newspaper, and we met one of The Pipeline’s editors Marilyn. A very knowledgeable very friendly long-time resident of the area, she has agreed to contribute to the Phoenix on a regular basis. Our missionary work finally gets some results! Congratulations Marilyn we look forward to your words! 6. They make silos Driving through Keller it’s impossible to miss the enormous phalanx of Moylan silos gathered in their hundreds ready to do service on the farm. This is a family owned manufacturing success story going back 45 years. 7. Interesting Architecture Massingham Street has a few architectural oddities still standing. The old Post Office is a particularly splendid example of the style in vogue during the mid 20th Century. The shopfronts between Sewell Street and Ripper Street feature some unusual leadlighted display cases that have sadly fallen into disrepair. Unusual skylight ceiling spires add to the curiosity. 8. Pie Face The Kellerberrin Roadhouse was rebuilt a few years ago and has rapidly became the Great Eastern Highway fuel miser’s stop of choice, due to their consistently low prices, which frequently undercut even those in the metro area. We have taken a fancy to their fish and chips and Rover may frequently be seen parked there. 9. A man his dog and a dead kangaroo The Shire of Kellerberrin’s official motto is “Life as rich as the landscape” but the town’s main catch-cry is featured on a large steel entry statement at the towns’ western end, featuring the three aforementioned characters. This goes back to 1897 when Kellerberrin was granted 250 pounds to build an agricultural hall. This enraged the Member for rival electorate of Yilgarn, a young mouthy politician named Charles Moran. A fit of envy prompted him to stand up in parliament and proclaim they were wasting good money on a town that “consisted of nothing more than a man, his dog and a dead kangaroo.” The phrase became the rallying call for Kellerberrinites for whom the irony is part of its power. 10. The Keller-Merredin rivalry thing It can readily be deduced from the above scenario that Kellerberrin’s characterisation as a rival and an underdog begins almost at its foundation. Locals are quick to point out that Keller has everything Roving Reporters—Kellerberrin cont. the so called big town to the East has, and they like to show the good things around the place that Merredin does not have. We think this friendly rivalry is healthy for regional development and when it is combined with the Wheatbelt trademark wry sense of humour the future for Keller is surely bright. Peter Barre with Grant Edwards, the ‘Rodeo Boss’ from Mogumber Jackie McKnight who was in the Barrel Races Brad Atkinson, helicopter pilot, with Peter Barre

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4 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 Court Report 8th February 2021 Kalgoorlie Courthouse Christopher Bennett appeared on a charge of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. The matter was adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 15th March 2021. Northam Courthouse Tennessee Knapp appeared on a charge of having no authority to drive - cancelled. The matter was adjourned to appear in Northam on the 8th March 2021. Rockingham Courthouse Peter Litwin appeared on 2 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm in a manner that was dangerous to the public. The matters were adjourned to appear in Rockingham on the 5th August 2021. 12th February 2021 Perth Courthouse Ralph Palmer appeared on previous charges. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 5th March 2021. Simon Nelson was convicted of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. He was fined $450. He was also convicted of having no authority to drive (never held). He was fined $100. 15th February 2021 Perth Courthouse Christopher Milosz appeared on a charge of possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 22nd February 2021. 16th February 2021 Perth Courthouse Craig Taylor appeared on a charge of impeding another person's normal breathing or blood circulation by applying pressure to the neck. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 24th February 2021. Dwight Dodd was listed to appear on a charge of obstructing public officers. He failed to appear. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Brian Gill appeared on 3 counts of common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation. The matters were adjourned to appear in Perth on the 2nd June 2021. Southern Cross Courthouse David Sweetser appeared on charges of using visual display while driving, and reckless driving exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more on a length of road. The matters were adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 16th July 2021. Karl Williams appeared on charges of failing to accompany police to a police station or some other place and to wait at that place, obstructing public officers and possessing a prohibited drug (Cannabis). The matters were adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 15th March 2021. Ty Anderson was convicted of having no authority to drive (fines suspended) and driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. He was fined $600, ordered to pay costs of $248.70 and an analyst fee of $185. Troye Brunalli was convicted of failing to comply with reporting obligations. He was fined $300 and ordered to pay costs of $248.70. David Kelberg appeared on 2 counts of breaching a family violence restraining order. He was remanded to appear in Southern Cross on the 13th May 2021. Mc Lovin appeared on a charge of damaging property and 3 counts of stealing. The matters were adjourned to appear in Southern Cross on the 13th May 2021. Thomas Oliver appeared on a charge of having no authority to drive - suspended (other than fines suspension). The matter was adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 15th March 2021. Esmael Sakhie was convicted of having no authority to drive - suspended (other than fines suspension, and driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, was fined $1500, ordered to pay costs of $248.70, an analyst fee of $185 and had his licence suspended for a further 9 months. Mike Tencer appeared on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant and driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. The matters were adjourned to appear in Midland on the 30th March 2021. Leopold Vinson was convicted of driving contrary to specified time, purpose, locality or road on an extraordinary licence. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay costs of $248.70. Dylan Watson appeared on a charge of disorderly behaviour in public, 2 counts of criminal damage or destruction of property and 3 counts of without lawful excuse trespassed on a place. The matters were adjourned to appear in Southern Cross on the 13th May 2021. Aaron Winn appeared on a charge of careless driving causing death, grievous bodily harm or bodily harm. The matter was adjourned to appear in Southern Cross on the 13th May 2021. Melissa Batka appeared on charges of careless driving, and having no authority to drive (breach condition of schedule 7 RT (Authorisation to Drive) Regulations). The matters were adjourned to appear in Perth on the 22nd February 2021. 17th February 2021 Merredin Courthouse Symone Andrews was convicted of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. She was fined $500, ordered to pay costs of $248.70 and an analyst fee of $185. She also appeared on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant. The matter was dismissed. Lachlan Grant-Williams was convicted of breaching a family violence restraining order. He was fined $300 and ordered to pay costs of $118.50. Peter Johnston appeared on a charge of breaching a family violence restraining order. He was remanded to appear in Esperance on the 23rd February 2021. Jeffrey Thomas appeared on charges of disorderly behaviour in public, possess a prohibited drug (Cannabis), possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply (Amphetamine), failing to comply with requirements of a Police Officer, having ready access to both weapons and illegal drugs, common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation, damaging property, caused smoke or excessive noise or left a substance on the driving surface in a confiscation zone, threats to injure, endanger or harm any person, no authority to drive - suspended (other than fines suspension), reckless driving to escape pursuit by Police, obstructing public officers, breach of bail undertaking, 2 counts of threaten to kill and 2 counts of criminal damage or destruction of property. He was remanded in custody to appear in Perth on the 18th May 2021. Perth Courthouse Kenneth Bullock appeared on charges of obstructing public officers, possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply (Cannabis), 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 the 2nd June 2021.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 5 By ANITA METCALF The following snippets appeared in the local FEBRUARY newspapers of the time. 17th, 1916: In has been decided that any child who will be six during the year 1916 may be admitted to State Schools. 1920: Branch of the National Bank of Australasia has been opened at Trayning. Open each Wednesday from 7.30am to 10.00am. 1940: The Kellerberrin Trotting Club was officially formed with George Saunders being the inaugural president, a position he held until 1954. 27th, 1966: All Saints Church was consecrated by the Most Rev. George Appleton, Archbishop of Perth. 12th, 1969: What is believed to be the first time in the history of the Merredin Shire Council, insufficient members were present to form a quorum, so the meeting for February From the History Room 4 was suspended. 11th, 1976: Central Wheatbelt farmers have narrowly missed providing a record harvest this year, but it has been the second best in history taking the overall picture. CBH received 3,810,500 tonnes. The record of 3,989,083 was set in the 1973-74 season. The previous year was 3,058,000 tonnes. 20th, 1976: The new Narembeen Shire Council administration and library building in Longhurst Street was officially opened. 19th, 1981: A special children’s crossing is now in operation in Kellerberrin. A ‘Guarded Children’s Crossing’ for the safe passage of pedestrians, especially school children crossing Massingham Street. 14th, 1990: Gary & Jenny Church purchase and restore the Southern Cross Deli on Antares Street. The store was built in 1904 by Edward Bancroft for Thomas King, greengrocer and ironmonger. I Love Dancing My Thoughts By SHELBY ROBERTS I’m Shelby and l absolutely LOVE dancing. I’m an amazing dancer. Dancing is so much fun, I’m in love with it. Every Saturday I go to Toodyay to dance at Toodyay Ballet School. On a Wednesday I have dance class in Merredin because it is where I live. I have got full and partial scholarships in the past 2 years. Dancing is something that makes me happy, it’s something that gets me moving and out of the house. If I had one thing left in my life and it was dance I would use every last minute of it. During COVID-19 we had to do dance classes on zoom, which was still really fun, the best thing about it was that we didn’t have to travel all the way there and back. Something that gets annoying about dance comments, is that people say that dance is a sport, but really it is a discipline. I have done many dance comps through my dance years, I have many solos and dances to memorise, which people say is really hard to remember but really it is not. I have many dance friends that are amazing at dance. Darci and Casey are two girls in my class that travel to Toodyay Ballet School as well. We are great friends and absolutely love dancing, we all have full dedication to becoming a star dancer. Dance is something for everyone to do and try. Merredin dance is called RDSWA, which stands for Rural Dance Schools WA. My dream is to be a professional dancer that travels around the world to dance at different competitions. My sister Camee dances with me at Merredin and Toodyay, sometimes she can be a bit of pain. But I just dance. The ‘Letter to the Editor’ and ‘My Thoughts’ section of the Phoenix is a place for the community to express their views and opinions on issues that directly or indirectly affect any part of it. The Editor would like to remind the community that The Phoenix reserves the right to refuse any contribution on the basis of ethics, which includes, but is not limited to, personal vendettas or attacks. Please be aware that we do not ‘fact check’ ‘Letters to the Editor’ or ‘My Thoughts’ and therefore cannot guarantee the contents authenticity. The Phoenix may or may not have the same opinion as the authors. If you would like to reply to a particular author, please send a ‘Letter to the Editor’ by emailing administration@merredincrc.com, or visiting the Merredin CRC. Library Musings By WENDY PORTER, MERREDIN LIBRARIAN The Merredin Library is continually receiving new stock. Library staff are working hard to bring in new and interesting titles. Perhaps these will be of interest to you. ‘Money basics for tough times’ by David Koch is a guide for managing your finances in the wake of Covid-19, giving suggestions on how to turn a recession into an opportunity. Find out how to have a plan to recover from financial disaster. The book has everything from negotiating with your landlord to buying groceries on a shoestring budget. It evens includes investing in crashing stock markets. If that is a little to serious for you how about trying ‘What’s it like to be chased by a cassowary?’ by the explainers from The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Explainers give you the context that you need to get to grips with events in the news, and sometimes offer fresh perspectives on everyday life. Questions answered include ‘Why do we have leap years?’ (Each solar year is a quarter of a day too long for the calendar), ‘Why is there a boom in dinosaur fossils? (Fresh eyes in the field can sometimes spot what was missed) and ‘How did the Esky become a cultural icon?’ (Because we like cold drinks when we picnic). Are you discouraged by the sheer number of chemicals we are subjected to everyday? Want an alternative? ‘The ultimate guide to Aromatherapy’ by Jade Shutes and Amy Galper provides an illustrated guide to blending essential oils and crafting remedies for body, mind and spirit. Find out how essential oils are distilled from plants, which oil is best for which result and even how to use essential oils safely, including what parts of the plants to use and how much (or how little) of the essential oil should be used. Library staff are always happy to help you find what you need. Ask about our free e-resources for members or check out our online catalogue at library@ merredin.wa.gov.au See you soon. What town are you from? Kellerberrin What business are you from? Kellerberrin Pharmacy and Newsagency How long have you been selling The Phoenix? Since March 2020 (almost 12 months) Tell us about your business? We are a small community pharmacy and newsagency at Kellerberrin Pharmacy - pharmacist advice, prescriptions medications, over the counter medications, first aid items, supplements, hair and body care, foot care, incontinence products, baby products, nicotine replacement products, giftwares, cosmetics etc Newsagency - Newspapers, magazines, greeting cards and wrapping papers as well as lotto What do you like about your town? Overwhelming welcome and support from local community, a peaceful living environment and a friendly and nice community What do you like about The Phoenix? Colourful and value for money. Many interesting contents covering the nearby towns within Wheatbelt areas Get to know your Distributor

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6 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 Tales from the Rails RAIL WA 150 – 2021 Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Railways in Western Australia By JANE PATRONI Chairperson, Merredin Railway Museum The children of the pipeline workers had an interesting, if not quaint life by today’s standards. Many tales of being appointed to one teacher schools was the destination of newly graduated teachers. Often these teachers fulfilled a greater social and pastoral role within these small communities dotted along the Eastern Goldfields railway line. Dot Morris – Mum and Mum-in-law to Martin and Deb Morris kindly shares her story. Dot now living in Busselton, recently celebrated her 90th Birthday, still remembers their time and students at Number 5 Pumping Station. “In 1953 my husband was appointed to Number 5 Pumping Station (Yerbillon) on the Eastern Goldfields line. He was a school teacher. As a former city dweller, for me it was a new experience to be so dependent on the railway service. All commodities came by rail. Parcels, furniture, medical requirements sent on by a pharmacy, bread and other bakery items and of course our meat supply. The bread came twice a week, unwrapped, uncut and in an unsealed cardboard box. It was the individual’s responsibility to attend the siding and take from the box the loaves the family had ordered. All was well when each person abided by this discipline but if some person in error or deliberately took the wrong loaf, the code of honesty was sorely tested. Harsh words were bandied around and apologies given and were eventually accepted. Something seen a few times, was young, hungry members sent to collect the bread and unable to contain the urge and the pangs, commence to eat the middle open end of the loaf. I dare say Mum would not have been best pleased with them or the condition of the bread. Meat came in a hessian bag, tied at the neck. Inside were several parcels, depending on the size on the order. Parcels had an outer wrapping of newspaper and white paper inside against the meat. The bags were tossed from the train in the same manner as the bread when it came through the siding. The force with which the bag hit the ground sometimes resulted in the well wrapped meat bursting the outer cover and an unpleasant parcel the outcome. No person was blamed. Acceptance was normal that this would happen. No ill effects were 1953 Students. Back row – John Bartle, Unknown, June Taylor, Marianne Abdibasic, Joseph Bartle, Keith Edwards, Bey Edwards, Fred Morris (teacher). Front row – Robert Bartle, Margaret Mirkovic, Gail Hardman, Krisne Mirkovic (now Seath), Elizabeth Mirkovic, Kevin Bartle Four generaons – Dot Morris, Marn Morris, Sharlene Jerey (nee Morris), Billie and Boden Jerey (August 2020) felt by the recipients. Life and situations like this were no big issue because we were all grateful of the service provided by the rail men and the providers of these items which made life comfortable for people in areas not in the towns.” School and teachers house Merredin CRC is very fortunate to have a lot of wonderful volunteers who help out with community events, Pet Cemetery, Markets, Centrelink Agency and day to day office jobs. These volunteers have some great ideas which included one from our Australia Day Breakfast volunteer, Audiene McCrae, which was to have a debrief of the event and invite all the volunteers to come and give Listening to the Volunteers their feedback on what worked well and what could be improved. So Friday 19 February, all the volunteers were invited to a morning tea at the CRC, as a thank you and a chance to make comments. There were lots of suggestions that the CRC Committee and Staff will take on board and investigate before the 2022 Australia Day Breakfast.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 7 Police Report By Acting Sergeant BENJAMIN REID, Merredin Police We would like to give the new Officer in Charge of the Merredin Police Station a big warm welcome. Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar joins us from Collie Police Station. He is looking forward to his new posting and is excited to meet the community. Merredin Police have some great Blue Light events approaching which will continue throughout the year. If you any ideas for a Blue Light event please contact the Merredin Police and we can sit down for a chat. Recently Merredin Police charged an adult female with possession of 1.75kg of Cannabis. This is a positive result as it deters this type of criminal activity within Merredin and can minimise drug By LADY RANTHAM Tales from the Train. We have a new character joining us in today's cast. Today we meet Funky and Technologically Savvy Grandpa. This new entry into the stage of one's morning commute is an elderly gent who reckons you and your societal norms can go hang Thanks ta. He's in shiny sneakers with neon trim, cargo pants, an admittedly very granddad collared polo shirt, but sports an Apple watch, cordless earphones and is tap tapping away (two-fingered) on a flashy slimline laptop, peering through specs on a string. He has a sports scooter tucked under his seat and .... has chosen the Tales from the Train A modern take on travelling by train priority seat! He looks like he's fitter (and more effortlessly hip) than everyone else in the carriage, but is sitting in the priority seating with an anorak blocking above from using the adjoining seat. This is such a delightful juxtaposition of contradictions I can't look away. Half the things about this guy signpost him as Grumpily Entitled Senior Citizen and the other half as Millennial Skater Boy. It is a joy to behold. He is being glared at by Dad on His Day Off who has forgotten to take the tag off his new shirt and would like to sit down, but is confused by the rich mixture of contradictory cues radiating from the priority seats of Carriage 4. related offending. There have been a number of burglaries across town and we urge people to ensure that your doors and windows are locked and security screens are in order. If you have security cameras and wish to register their location with the WA Police, please visit Cam-Map WA. This voluntary program enables police to effectively identify possible investigative leads when a crime is committed in your area. Camera locations are not publicly accessible and are secured on a database. As always you can report any suspicious or illegal activity to Merredin Police on 9030 0175, 131 444 or through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Anonymous information can be reported to www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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8 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 By PAM FORBES Just keeping in touch with you all. Hope you have had a good couple of weeks since I last spoke with you, I have. My “boys” have come down from Broome to visit me again and I have had good news from my oncologist. The Centre is starting up again and we would love to see you there. Gentle Gym started on Tuesday February 16, don’t know how many were there, exercise is not my thing. On Wednesday February 17, the Craft Group kicked into action with 7 or 8 of us in attendance, doing our own thing with lots of talking, as always. It was great to see the old, familiar faces again. Between heat, Covid and holidays our ladies have been missing. You are welcome to join us any time you like, it doesn’t matter what your level of expertise is, we range from skilled to complete beginner, but we have fun and there’s always a cuppa available. Thursday Morning Tea is a goer, started February 18. Come and join us once again for lots of chatter. If we could bottle all the conversations held at the Centre we could outsell Cottee’s! On Thursday you can get a roast Merredin Senior Centre dinner for a very reasonable price, it comes from the Hospital kitchen and is always delicious. Unfortunately, to enjoy this you have to be a bit organised and get your name in in advance, so phone Jeanette on 0460 002 543 BEFORE 2pm TUESDAY so that your meal can be ordered. We are still looking for something to do on Fridays and would welcome your suggestions. Tales of Times Past is on at the Library again, though there is as yet no set time for it. Contact Wendy 90411 222. Merredin Show is coming up and craft contributions will be up to each individual, so make sure you check out the Show Schedule, available from Merredin CRC. It’s a great event for our community and needs our support. HANG IN THERE, FOLKS!

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 9 By GLEN and the TEAM, Regional Men’s Health Initiative The title might suggest that this article relates to a security firm engaged at Buckingham Palace, however what we’re actually talking about is monitoring an aspect of our sexual health, specifically testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is a relatively rare cancer, however it seems to be becoming more prevalent and is the most common cancer in men aged between 20 and 35. It’s ironic that blokes will quite often joke or boast about their tackle but will find it very difficult to discuss the same appendage with their GP. Becoming comfortable and familiar with our penis and testicles is the first step in being able to notice any changes over time. The first thing that some blokes notice (and get concerned about) is that one testicle may hang lower than the other. This is perfectly normal and is actually an evolutionary trait that prevents them bashing into each other like some runaway desk ornament when we walk or run. Testicular cancer usually affects one testicle. There are some symptoms to keep an eye out for which shouldn’t be ignored:  a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum  a lump in either testicle  enlargement of a testicle  dull aching in the abdomen or groin  a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum  tenderness and/or enlargement of the breast tissue A key point to remember is, initially, and in some cases even in the later stages, testicular cancer might not cause any pain or discomfort. A small painless lump is the most common symptom, and if you have any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you definitely have cancer. These symptoms can also indicate a range of benign (non-cancerous) causes, but they should always be checked by a doctor. Because some of these symptoms are not always glaringly obvious, it's important to self-check your testicles. The best way to examine your testicles is after a warm bath or shower and it’s a fairly straight forward process:  Cup your testicles in the palm of one hand. Pay attention to the size and weight. This helps you identify any future changes.  Locate the epididymis. This is the tube that carries sperm to the penis. It can be felt at the top-rear of each testicle. This lump is meant to be there. Keeping an Eye on the Crown Jewels  Examining each testicle in more detail by rolling it between your thumb and fingers, press gently but firmly to feel for any lumps, swellings or variations in firmness. Repeat this examination every couple of months or so. The outlook for treatment of testicular cancer is very good. With early diagnosis, 96% of patients can be completely cured. Even after the cancer has spread, up to 80% of men can still be cured. If you do find anything unusual, don't wait for it to disappear or start throbbing - see your doctor. For more men’s health and wellbeing information check out our website, here you will also find our recently launched Working with Warriors podcast series. Alternatively get in touch with us via the details below for a chat about arranging one of our community educators to present a health and wellbeing session or run a Fast Track Pit Stop for your local community group or club free of charge.

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10 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 Local member Mia Davies MLA says that today’s election commitment of $140 million towards regional mental health will be hugely beneficial to the Central Wheatbelt. Ms Davies said the commitment would help to close the gap so the Wheatbelt can reach 156,000 of community support hours to meet demand. Currently the Wheatbelt only has 3 228 community hours. “Regional areas do not necessarily have the full capability required to help a mental health patient with hospital care, which is why investing in community support programs and prevention programs are so important,” she said. “Unfortunately the Government has not made progress on the Mental Health Plan 2015-25. It’s alarming when we know through tracked data that in 2017-18, more than 1 in 6 West Australian adults had a diagnosed mental or behavioural condition. “The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly led to more regional West Australians feeling more anxious and concerned about their future, while the State Government The Nationals WA: Ensuring Central Wheatbelt mental health services a priority has failed to provide adequate mental health support,” she said. The funding available is also not tied to diversity, meaning there is no specific funding to help vulnerable groups such as women, children, LGBTIQ+ people or Aboriginal people in each region. Leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies said this was clearly not acceptable and voters have a clear choice when it comes to supporting regional communities. “The Nationals WA believe all patients, no matter where they live, deserve access to quality mental health care when they need it,” Ms Davies said. “These programs will allow people to better manage their mental health, support WA’s entire health network and free up hospital beds by giving people access to the help they need at an earlier stage.” If elected to Government, The Nationals WA commit to: Within 100 days conduct a critical review of capacity constraints, efficacy and availability of mental health services across regional WA to identify service priority and future spending. $20 million over five years to establish and operate Rural and Remote Neighbourhood Centres with early intervention and recovery capability. $5 million to roll out age appropriate mental health first aid, universal prevention and emotional learning skills into the school curricula for students and teachers. $5 million to support the establishment of Peer-to-Family Networks across the State. $5 million over five years to create an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment program for adults and youth in regional WA. $100 million over five years to double spending on community support programs in regional Western Australia, with funds to be linked with a specific amount of diverse community support hours in each region. $5 million over five years to increase mental telehealth and Lifeline WA capability.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 13 2020 Year 10-11 Highest Achiever Assembly Congratulations to our Year 10 and 11 students of 2020 who received Highest Achievers awards in their subjects for 2020. A special mention also to the students who were awarded overall Awards of Excellence for 2020. YEAR 11 SPECIAL AWARDS YEAR 11 CITIZENSHIP AWARD Jasmin Griffiths LONG TAN AWARD Lachlan Alvaro HIGHEST ACHIEVER IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Gaby Paterson HIGHEST ACADEMIC ACHIEVER Jordi Smith YEAR 11 HIGHEST ACHIEVERS ENGLISH-ATAR Jordi Smith ENGLISH-GENERAL Gaby Paterson MODERN HISTORY Jordi Smith MATHEMATICS ESSENTIALS Kaine Jaxon MATHEMATICS APPLICATIONS Georgina Squire HUMAN BIOLOGY Jordi Smith PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDIES – GENERAL Gaby Paterson PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDIES – ATAR Georgina Squire OUTDOOR EDUCATION Baileigh-Rose Grant CAREERS & ENTERPRISE Brock MacDonald DRAMA Brock MacDonald FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Alyssa Coelho VISUAL ARTS Emma Hassack PSYCHOLOGY Brock Macdonald CERTIFICATE II IN AUTOMOTIVE VOCATIONAL PREPARATION Ben Geier CERTIFICATE II IN BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION [PATHWAY-TRADES] Arlo Adams CERTIFICATE II IN BUSINESS Gaby Paterson CERTIFICATE II IN ENGINEERING PATHWAYS Ben Geier YEAR 10 SPECIAL AWARDS ENDEAVOUR AWARD Mary Tarala HIGHEST ACADEMIC ACHIEVER Matilda Hardy ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE ‘4 A GRADES’ Matilda Hardy Emma Irving Cassandra Penny Olivia Downsborough Xavier Rajagopalan Carly Silver Fraser Sutherland YEAR 10 HIGHEST ACHIEVERS ENGLISH Olivia Downsborough HASS Xavier Rajagopalan MATHEMATICS Xavier Rajagopalan SCIENCE Matilda Hardy PHYSICAL EDUCATION Kyle Wilcox HEALTH Ella de Lacy ART Cassandra Penny DANCE Erin Lawrence DRAMA Mary Tarala INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Sybella Tyak White HOME ECONOMICS Emma Irving AWARDS

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14 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 WTF 26 Feb – 11 March Greetings once again, Watchers of The Firmament. Most of the planetary action is now taking place before sunrise as Mercury passes Saturn and Jupiter speeding on its way to another superior conjunction. These three planets will form a pretty trio next Friday as they rise together in the East two hours before the sun. This is worth getting up early on a cloudless night for some good photos. The moon is full tonight shrinking over the fortnight to nothing via Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio and so on. It will be close to the WTF 12th February 2021 bright star Spica on Tuesday, and passing through Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali on Thursday. If we imagine the Southern Cross to be the hour hand of a clock, it will now appear to show the correct time at 8pm. We have discussed before how this celestial hour hand turns at half the speed to that of a clock and we can therefore predict that early in the morning the Southern Cross will be standing up high in the southern sky. The twin stars of Gemini now feature in the evening sky to the North. Although similar in brightness Castor is unmistakably blue while Pollux is red. These two stars are 51 and 33 light years respectively so not that far away in galactic scale. Leo and Virgo are patiently waiting to take their turn in this monthly changing procession, as the zodiac climbs higher in the sky, crossing the celestial equator in the general area of Spica and culminating when the glories of Scorpio soar overhead in the evening sky in winter. Now is the best time to take in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds after dusk, among the most distant things you can see at night. They sit high in the sky to the south of Canopus after sunset. These two neighbouring galaxies are a magnet for astronomers, many of whom hardly ever shift their instruments from them. This is because such distant clusters of objects are an important source of baseline data in our never ending quest to fine tune ourselves to solve equations involving dimensions almost inconceivable in magnitude. For those who simply want to gasp at the sheer beauty of this heavenly lightshow such measurements seem unnecessary. For me such insights enhance the view and keep me looking up whenever the sky is dark.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 15 Students in Years Three to Six have enjoyed participating in swimming lessons for the last two weeks, even though some days have been warmer than others. They are now looking forward to putting their new found skills into action when we have our swimming carnival. Year Three to Six Swimming Lessons By GILLIAN OVANS On Thursday 18th February, the garden group invited The Men’s Shed over to the garden for a Devonshire Tea which preceded their weekly meet up. The blokes were waited on by members of the garden group and served not only great cups of tea and coffee but also Julie Nicoletti’s scrumptious homemade scones, homemade jam and whipped cream. Jenny Lynch provided equally delicious date rolls spread with real butter. There were also plates of delicious grapes picked fresh from the garden and placed along the tables. There was much chatter about all things Merredin. Merredin Community Garden The Men’s Shed is putting the finishing touches to another table for the Garden Group which will enable us to provide long table lunches and other events in the future. In the meantime plans are underway to host another Devonshire Tea inviting the residents of Merritville and the CEACA villages. We would like the Merredin community to know that we no longer have members present at the Garden on Wednesday mornings. Instead we will be at the Community Garden on Thursday mornings from 8.30 am to 10.30 am as well as on Sunday mornings from 8.30 am to 12.00 noon. Finishing time varies depending on the weather and commitment from members.

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16 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 By MICHELLE GETHIN The St Mary's P&F was very proud to bring dynamic educator and speaker Clark Wight to Merredin for a couple of parent talks on Tuesday 16th February, Clark has been working in education for over 30 years and most recently was the head of Guildford Grammar Prep School. Clark regularly gives talks on parents building better relationships with their children and often tag teams with Maggie Dent. Over 60 parents attended Clark's talk about "Future Proofing relationships Clark Wight visits Merredin between parent and child: from 5-25" and enjoyed a humorous yet thought provoking 90 minute presentation. Clark discussed the "Paradise Lost" phenomenon in our 10 year olds who see their parents for the first time as no longer infallible and view the world with suspicion and fear often leading to noticeable behaviour changes. He talked about the importance of praising effort over intelligence, adopting a 'lifeguard parenting style' and sharing our own stories with our children of the times we failed or experienced heartbreak and got back up again. He emphasized the importance of touch, connection, dialling down the use of technology in our lives and the impact of making sure each child knows 'they matter to someone'. "If we future proof our kids before they are 18 years old, we set them up for a lifetime of skills to deal with hardship, love and all the amazing opportunities for them ahead in life", Clark said. Clark also urged parents to check out other world speakers on the topic such as Brene Brown, Wendy Mogel and Glennon Doyle who all talk about the power of vulnerability, the culture of shaming and raising resilient children. Clark also took time out of his already busy schedule to speak to the year 5/6 children at St Mary's PS on the concept of the "Hero's Journey" which is prevalent in most modern films and books. He asked the children to think of cinematic heroes such as Luke Skywalker and the journey they take that is full of transformation, heartache and redemption. He then reminded them that they are the heroes of their own stories and will also face challenges along the way but can always find their way back. Clark was incredibly generous with his time in Merredin and only asked for a donation to his favourite charity "Ride for Youth" in return.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 17 By KERRY BROWN It has been twelve months since our darling Mother passed away. Here we reflect on her life lived in Merredin. Many people know her as a mother, a homemaker, a tennis player and a bowler. To go into a guided reflection of her life, we begin with her bowling days. Civic Bowling Club was very welcoming to Mum as she moved from being an ace tennis player at the Merredin Railway Tennis Club, to allow her to fulfill her very competitive drive to win. We feel, over the years she achieved a reputation to be highly respected by all members. She accepted her many trophies very humbly and happy to know she didn't want to be anywhere else in her sporting life. When Civic moved to the recreation ground, Mum retired gracefully. During the latter part of her life, Mum became a very competitive card player with other members of Merrittville Seniors Village, in their hall in Bates Street. As we ponder over her life, quality of life was very evident in the way she lived. If it was worth doing, it was worth doing well. Geoff and Cathy said “There were Florence Mabel Poole (also known as Flo) many family trips from Perth. Arriving in her home was back to memory lane...... reminiscing about our childhood, grandchildren and family history. We all made sure we were present at Mum's house for Christmas and special occasions, not to mention the surprise visits when we dropped in unannounced. Geoff would quite often park up his road train out the front of Mum's house on his way back from his mining trip. Family gatherings were very important for us all to keep in contact and share our children and grandchildren with extended families. Feet up with nibbles, family and watching her favourite Dockers or the tennis was the ultimate pleasure for Mum. Her home was always full of happiness, lots of laughs, grandchildren, homely meals and the occasional drink, enjoyed by all. Mum's absence has left a large gap in all of our lives.” Christine, Peter and their family remembered her by saying “Our dear Mum, though you are gone from this earth, you will always be with us as you have been since our birth. In our hearts we still feel your love as strong as ever, and though we miss you dearly, our wonderful memories will be with us forever.”

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18 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 Colourful Camera Club meeting By GRANT STAINER “Origin of colour” was the theme for the February meeting of the Merredin Camera Club, and this subject proved to be somewhat tricky for everyone to come up with ideas for. Six photos filled the theme section this month, and another 11 photos filled the open section. The judge this month was Leonie Smith. In the theme section, Ms Smith awarded gold to Grant Stainer’s “Coffee colour”. Bronze was awarded to Pippa de Lacy’s “Tumeric”. No silver was awarded by the judge this month in the theme section. In the open section, Ms Smith awarded gold to Karen Slater’s “Twilight over Brisbane”. Silver was awarded to Karen Slater’s “Pier at Sunrise”, and equal bronze was awarded to Pippa de Lacy’s “Happy geese” and Glen Riethmuller’s “Flowering gum”. Ms Smith highlighted the importance of composition, as well as the benefits of cropping. Club members voted somewhat similarly to the judge in both the theme and open sections. In the theme section, first place went to Pippa de Lacy’s “Chilli reds”. Second place went to Pippa de Lacy’s “Tumeric”, and third place went to Grant Stainer’s “Coffee colour”. In the club member’s open section voting, first place went to Julie Alvaro’s “Barley on Sunset”. Second place went to Karen Slater’s “Twilight over Brisbane”, and third place went to Karen Slater’s “Pier at ‘Twilight over Brisbane’ by Karen Slater ‘Tumeric’ by Pippa de Lacy Sunrise”. The next meeting is scheduled for March, where we will not have a subject, but instead be judging our photo of the year for 2020. The Merredin Camera Club welcomes new members. For more information about the Merredin Camera Club, please email Kate Caughey at merredincameraclub @yahoo.com.au ‘Chilli reds’ by Pippa de Lacy ‘Barley on Sunset’ by Julie Alvaro

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 21 Early Voting Centres Merredin Community Resource Centre 110 Barrack Street MERREDIN WA 6415 Availability: During Normal Business Hours Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 Feb 9am - 5pm (Closed - Monday 1 March - Public Holiday) Tuesday 2 – Friday 12 March 2021 9am – 5pm Closed Saturdays Northam Town Hall Corner Wellington & Gordon Streets NORTHAM WA 6401 Wheelchair Access Accessibility Equipment Available Availability: Early Voting Opening Hours Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 February 2021 8am – 6pm (Closed - Monday 1 March – Public Holiday) Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 March 2021 8am – 6pm Saturday 6 March 2021 8am – 6pm 2021 State General Election Postal voting Early voting (by post) is made available at all State elections but is important in 2021 for those who may be uncertain about casting their ballot in person. An application for a postal vote can be completed electronically https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/vote/election-day#earlyvoteWA or a printed form can be requested by contacting the Commission on 13 63 06 and selecting option. Ballot papers will be posted to electors from Monday 22 February 2021. If posted by the elector on or before polling day, completed postal packages can be accepted via mail until 9:00am on the Thursday following polling day.

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22 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 BEAUTICIAN CARPENTER PEST CONTROL LAWYER for all domestic and commercial cleaning in the Wheatbelt Call Graeme on 0458 391 232 CLEANER PHOTOCOPIERS COMMERCIAL CARPENTER HANDYMAN EARTH MOVING FRESH PRODUCE AWD ENTERPRISES Painng Contractor Rego No 2916 Domesc, Commercial, Industrial Protecve Coangs, Insurance Contact Walter 0411 494 340 walterstrother@hotmail.com PAINTER EARTH MOVING

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 23 PHOTOCOPIERS COMMER-ROOF MAINTENANCE SARAH SOMERS LAWYER Family Law – Divorce – Separation - Property Settlement – Defacto Relationships Children’s Issues – Contact/Residence Competitive hourly rates – Reduced fee for Initial Consultation Serving the Wheatbelt Community 85 Fitzgerald St, Northam 9622 9687 / 0427 725 501 sarahsomers@iinet.net.au LAWYER now does steam carpet cleaning/shampooing and upholstery cleaning Call Graeme on 0458 391 232 CARPET CLEANING TECH SUPPLIES PLACE YOUR TRADES ADVERT Fantastic, affordable exposure for your business Email marketing@merredincrc.com YOUR TRADE EMPLOYMENT TRAINING MERREDIN TRAINING Heavy Vehicle Pilots license $1000 Forklift Ticket $500 Tele handler ticket $450 Truck licenses HR- B $1200 HR $1500 HC / MC $2000 Please register any interest in these courses by emailing ETS info@etswa.com.au 0414703205 By Department of Consumer Protection, Regional Officer Mark Ing While there are many success stories of people falling in love after meeting online, there are also some very sad tales involving victims of romance scams. Australians reported losing more than $38 million to romance scammers in 2020, the majority of which was lost through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. In WA last year, 72 victims reported losing $2.17 million – an average loss of $30,000 each. These figures have prompted consumer protection agencies across Australia to remind people to be cautious and that victims aren’t just those who are actively seeking a partner – it could be you, a friend or family member. Romance scammers will often spend months building up trust before asking for money from their victim, who may agree to send funds because they feel the need is genuine or believe it will be used to buy an airfare so they love-interest can travel to meet them. But while the victim is feeling loved-up, the scammer becomes cashed-up. Often these people will use stock images, or images they’ve taken from someone else’s social media, so before engaging online it’s important to do a reverse-image search via Google or TinEye. Always be wary if the person you’ve met online quickly wants to move communications away from the dating website or app and onto another platform, such as email, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or Viber. If they ask for money, but won’t meet in person, that’s a big red flag – never give money to someone you haven’t met in person. It’s important be careful about the personal information you share, as many romance scam victims not only lose money, but they can also experience fraud, such as discovering new mobile phone accounts set up in their name, or that their superannuation account has been accessed. Victims of identity theft should contact IDCARE at www.idcare.org or by calling 1300 IDCARE (432273), while people can report scams to the ACCC by visiting www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam. If bank account details have already been sent to a scammer, contact your financial institution as soon as possible to stop any further losses. It may not be love, actually

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24 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 Horoscopes ARIES 21 March—19 April There is a major transition ahead for you and the beginning of a much lighter and positive period. This is an excellent time for learning commitments and social or political engagement. You organise your thoughts and build a very strong network. TAURUS 20 April—20 May Your main priority at the moment is navigating friendships and group alliances which hold promise. Perhaps you want to be a part of a group of people who have a social vision or dream. You may be motivated to join forces with an idealistic leader, who believes that the world can be better. GEMINI 21 May—20 June This is a time when you can set yourself a goal and achieve it. There are signals that the final key is falling into place in an important relationship, which expands your horizons intellectually and socially. You could reconnect with someone or perhaps a group, which can mean a lot for you. CANCER 21 June—22 July This is quite a dreamy time, when you are inspired by the highest ideals. Your sensitivity to spiritual input is enhanced, and if meditation is your thing, then you can expect divine inspiration. It is also a time of connection with groups of people with idealistic values. LEO 23 July—22 August This is a great time for friendships and group events, in fact a lot of new initiatives are on the way socially, but part of you longs for a deeper and more meaningful emotional connection. Perhaps you are feeling out of your depth on an emotional level but it is an excellent time to learn. VIRGO 23 August—22 September All your efforts at work are coming to fruition. This is great as your role in helping the people you work with navigate changing circumstances, is deeply appreciated. It is also a good time for working partnerships, especially if there is a social agenda aimed at benefiting groups. LIBRA 23 September—22 October There is a strong need to create a working environment which brings both fulfilment and satisfaction. There is also a need to enhance the work-life balance, with a focus on cultivating healthy habits through ecological consciousness and greater environmental sensitivity. SCORPIO 23 October—21 November You are gradually moving away from a situation where you had to make a lot of compromises and into a more forceful period, when you are inclined to speak your mind. You focus on strengthening family bonds through discussion and analysis. A good time for economic diversification. SAGITTARIUS 22 November—21 December Relationships are made firm now, and friends or partners show complete solidarity with your ideas and thinking. This is a period characterised by several new people entering your life, eager to take initiatives. This will enable you to spread your ideas and reach a lot of people. CAPRICORN 22 December—19 January This is a time when an expansion of your social reach, as well as economic innovation bring about fantastic developments that you have been working on for a couple of months. There are also favourable trends at work, as dynamic new colleagues work with you to plan new strategies. AQUARIUS 20 January—18 February This is an excellent time for success in social or educational projects that you have been working on for some months. Friends are supportive and upbeat and major creative events have success. On the financial front you may be unsure where the next money is coming from, don’t worry. PISCES 19 February—20 March Although you may be feeling isolated or sidelined at present, this is an extremely enriching period spiritually. You need time alone to let ideas gestate, and to tune in to the mysteries of life. There are also other people who are very involved with you, who need some of your wisdom. CLASSIFIEDS Positions Vacant Positions Vacant Find the right person for the job. Advertise here 9041 1041

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 25 Public Notices ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Email marketing@merredincrc.com 12 or 24 editions COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM 2021/22 FINANCIAL YEAR Council invites requests for financial support through the Shire of Merredin’s Community Funding Program. The application form is available on the Shire’s website. Applications must be received by 4.00pm on 5 April 2021. For further information please contact Andrina Prnich, Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 9041 1611 or email dceo@merredin.wa.gov.au. Mark Dacombe Temporary Chief Executive Officer NOTICE OF MEETING – BUSH FIRE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Bush Fire Advisory Committee Annual General Meeting of the Shire of Merredin will be held on Thursday, 18 March 2021 at the North Merredin Primary School (Old Library) Merredin commencing at 1600hrs. M Dacombe Temporary Chief Executive Officer Merredin Repertory Club AGM. Monday 8th March 7pm. All welcome. Enquiries to merredinrepclub@gmail.com. CLASSIFIEDS Public Notices

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26 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 Basketball 11th February 2021 U12 Blue 32 d. Black 13 White 28 d. Gold 14 Blue/Gold 18 d. Maroon 6 Green 16 d. Red 14 U16 Girls White 41 d. Red 16 Light Blue 39 d. Green 22 U16 Boys Maroon 51 d. Green 30 Grey 33 d. Blue 17 Red 48 d. Yellow 33 16th February 2021 U12 Red 16 d. Blue/Gold 4 White 26 d. Maroon 6 Black 20 d. Gold 15 Blue 18 d. Green 14 U16 Boys Merredin Basketball Assoc. 18 Feb Played Win Loss Draw F A % PTS Blue 9 9 0 0 252 84 300 18 Black 9 7 2 0 173 131 132 14 Red 9 6 3 0 145 111 131 12 Gold 9 5 4 0 180 136 132 10 White 9 4 5 0 147 138 107 8 Blue/Gold 9 2 6 1 80 167 48 5 Green 9 1 7 1 96 140 69 3 Maroon 9 1 8 0 69 235 29 2 18 Feb Played Win Loss Draw F A % PTS Maroon 9 5 3 1 390 330 180 11 Grey 9 6 3 0 288 234 123 10 Yellow 9 4 4 1 303 270 112 9 Red 9 3 6 0 322 286 83 6 Blue 9 5 3 1 298 267 112 5 Green 9 2 6 1 246 360 86 5 18 Feb Played Win Loss Draw F A % PTS Light Blue 9 7 2 0 363 193 188 13 White 9 6 3 0 262 226 116 12 Green 9 4 4 1 235 195 123 8 Red 9 0 8 1 139 389 36 1 Blue 32 d. Yellow 23 Grey 47 d. Maroon 42 Green 36 d. Red 33 U16 Girls Light Blue 58 d. Red 20 White 24 d. Green 23 18th February 2021 U12 Gold 32 d. Blue/Gold 6 White 14 d. Green 12 Black 22 d. Maroon 4 Blue 25 d. Red 15 U16 Boys Yellow 41 d. Blue 25 Grey 48 d. Maroon 28 Green 37 d. Red 33 U16 Girls Green 38 d. Red 3 Light Blue 32 d. White 20 Under 12’s Under 16 Boys Under 16 Girls

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THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 27 Tennis Eastern Districts Pennant Assoc. By MICHELLE GETHIN The 2020/21 Eastern Districts Pennant Association has concluded with a convincing 26-9 win by Merredin Districts Lawn Tennis Club over Nungarin Tennis Club. With the pennant final moved forward due to a Nungarin wedding, the teams had to scramble to find six men and six ladies available to play on a weekday afternoon in stifling heat (38deg). The pace was set early Mark Hooper, Mahew Smith, Luke Growden, Camray Gethin, Michelle Gethin, Kristy Sharp, Hayley Billing, Tenielle McGregor, Emma Growden, Michelle Hooper, Ken Hooper and Adam Ellio. Image courtesy of Glen Riethmuller when Districts bagged 4 out of the 6 mixed games and 7 of the 10 singles matches on offer. Nungarin put up a valiant fight but when a Districts team contains five members of the Hooper family, they always prove pretty hard to beat. Final EDPA ladder: Districts 14, Nungarin 7, Merredin Railways 5 and Burracoppin 4.

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28 THE PHOENIX Friday, February 26th 2021 By LANI MCGEADY We have had a wonderful start to 2021, welcoming back returning and new Merredin dancers. Our teachers and assistants were thrilled to see all the smiling faces and excited children who are looking forward to another fun year of dance. We feel so grateful that we are able to be back dancing this year, creating a safe and happy place for children to Rural Dance Schools WA Merredin return to dance! Dancing learn and love dance. Happy to help bring normality and routine back into their lives, after the disruption due to the Coronavirus. To celebrate our second week back we had a Disney Dance Day and encouraged the students to come dressed as their favourite characters. They had a wonderful time and we loved the effort and enthusiasm they all put into their costumes and their dancing to much loved Disney music. Another exciting moment this week was showing our students the new Air Track Mat we have purchased for Acro classes. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to practice and enhance their acrobatic skills in a safe environment. These Mats are great for learning how to do basic roly-polys right up to learning how to do more advanced aerial acrobatics tricks and the students were all so excited to have a go! We are so glad to have you all back dancing with us for 2021 and look forward to seeing what you all achieve. If you haven’t yet registered for Rural Dance Schools WA you’re not too late and are more than welcome to come and join in the fun every Wednesday at the