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Price: $2.00 Inside this ISSUE Friday, March 26th 2021 PHONE: 9041 1041 Merredin Internaonal Food Fesval Page 7 COVID-19 WA Statistics As at 23rd March 2021 Tested 923,448 Confirmed Cases 931 Recovered 912 Deaths 9 Active cases in WA 10 COVID-19 in Australia WA—Cases 931—Deaths 9 ACT—Cases 123 —Deaths 3 NSW—Cases 5,270—Deaths 54 NT—Cases 106—Deaths 0 QLD—Cases 1,422—Deaths 6 SA—Cases 642—Deaths 4 TAS—Cases 234—Deaths 13 VIC—Cases 20,483—Deaths 820 Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia Shearing School Page 21 Phone 9020 5609 17 Bates Street Merredin ‘fun in the sun’ was the perfect theme for this year’s Merredin Show with the temperature a warm 34.5o. A record crowd attended the 2021 Show and enjoyed a mix of entertainment, some of which had been planned for the 2020 Show, had COVID not hit and locked us all down, and also some brand new and never seen before. The oval and Recreation Centre looked amazing with lots of stalls and displays, range of food choices, rides and show bags to suit everyone, as well as the traditional Exhibition section. The Show was officially opened by Hon Mia Davies MLA, Member for the Central Wheatbelt, who congratulated the Show Committee on all the hard work to put on the 2021 Show, hoped everyone had a great day and thanked the people of the Central Wheatbelt for their support in last weekend’s election. Chairperson Clayton Murray thanked the businesses and community for supporting this year’s Show and the support from the sponsors, some from the cancelled 2020 Show and those from this year who gave the committee the confidence to think big and we did. Clayton wished everyone an enjoyable day. MC and previous Show Committee Chairperson, Martin Morris spoke about Clayton’s dedication, commitment and passion to the Merredin Show and the enormous effort Clayton has contributed to coordinating the grounds and the sponsorship for the Show for many, many years. To acknowledge and recognise Clayton’s invaluable commitment, the Show Committee awarded Clayton Murray Life (Continued on page 3) Sideshow alley, full of fun ‘fun in the sun’ at the 2021 Merredin Show The jet pack rider from Jet Pack Entertainment poses for a photo with some fans Happy Easter! From The Phoenix

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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 Pizza and Potatoes: To pineapple or not to pineapple? 0-4 Amity Health Playgroup—call Claire Smith or email 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@ 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 Merredin Community Resource Centre—Wednesday 28th April 5.30pm. COMMUNITY CALENDAR Merredin Fine Arts Society—New members welcome. Enquiries to Margaret 0429 623 081. Merredin Museum & Historical Society—Next meeng Wednesday 7th April 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 Content—Debbie Morris Adversing— marke Upcoming Edions 9th April & 12th April 7th May & 21st May Available as an online subscripon Currently distribung @ 600 copies to Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin, Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin, Trayning & Westonia. Shara Cervantes-with Pineapple. Annette S Pope-pizza with, potatoes without. Skye-maree King-without pineapple on both. Meryl Harris-no pineapple please. I love pineapple...but on its own. Trudy Carson-pizza with pineapple, potatoes without pineapple. Elenore Ritchie-I'm with Trudy. Tommossy Moss-pineapple is a sin. Rick London-I've spent most of my life in Queensland, so I may be bias when I say, yes, pineapple on pizza please. Mel Claridge-yes please, I love pineapple. Emma Aitken-yes to both. Kasey Dc-without. Lesley Watson-yes to both. Melissa Bergeron-with. Tara Carrod-yes. Tim Inglis-no pineapple. Penny Ann Lee-pizza yes potatoes no. Kylie Garwood-pizza yes potatoes no. Shelley Jetta-pineapple on both. Tara Bailey-without on both. Marlene King-Thumbs down to cat owners who allow their cats to roam free at night and have loud fights. Shara Cervantes-Thumbs up to the Merredin Show Committee for all the hard work put into running a great day. Also to the community for supporting the show. Jill Tennant-Thank you to the lovely lady from AIM Dental for saving me getting out of the wheelie-walker once again and bringing my prescription to my car. Bless you. Rose Bowen-Thumbs down in general to fireworks that terrify horses and send dogs running for their lives, not to mention polluting the atmosphere...much nicer to have laser lights and music, Son et Lumiére style. Heather Giles-Thumbs up to everyone who respects our elderly drivers. They are a precious part of our community and they are entitled to drive slowly and carefully.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 3 Membership. The Life Membership badge was presented to Clayton by Hon Mia Davies MLA. The crowd then enjoyed the singing by Merredin College Choir who performed ‘Music Makes the World go Round’, ‘There will always be a reason to sing’ and ‘Get Up’. Kenny Pryer, our sound guy did an awesome job of keeping the show atmosphere energetic and fun! The entertainment continued all day with local live band The Rat Rods, the usual favourites being Birds of Prey with special guest Aussie the Eagle, Incredible Creatures with all the cute animals in the petting zoo and Snake exhibition with a chance to hold the slithery reptiles. Chloe Flockart had a children’s puppet workshop alongside Lewis Horne, who sponsored by Meridian Regional Arts Inc, was engaging with the community by building Lego and chatting about public art. A fire performance and some awesome mini circus workshops by Circus Challenge. Some more local talent with performances by the Rural Dance School and Merredin Bootscooters which were enjoyed by all. The action kept coming with some terrific and entertaining displays of skilled riding by the Hard Wired Entertainment freestyle motor bikes. At 4.30pm the crowd congregated around the veranda with excitement waiting for the raffle draw. 1st Prize $5,000 went to Ticket No 319 - Glenn and Kylie Crees, 2nd Prize $2,000 Ticket No 420 - Paul Dongary and 3rd Prize $1,000 Ticket No 485 – Julie Della Bosca. The highlight of the Show for most, was Jetpack Entertainment, all the way from the east coast of Australia. The boys performed 3 shows throughout the day and the show stopper being the night performance at 7.15pm which went hand in hand (Continued from page 1) ‘fun in the sun’ at the 2021 Merredin Show cont. with the fantastic fireworks display. With COVID restrictions still in place this year, there was a huge increase in the workload and the Show Committee take this opportunity to firstly, acknowledge and thank Kirsty Rochford and the Merredin CRC staff for all the extra work they undertook ensuring the Show could go ahead by complying with all the COVID plans, permits and obligations, which meant devoting many, many voluntary hours. One of the obligations was to have COVID marshals at float parade, gates, building entrances and throughout the grounds and the Show Committee are extremely thankful to all the wonderful community minded volunteers who put their hands up to take on these roles. The Show Committee are also very appreciative of the many other volunteers who took on an array of jobs that without their support, the Show could not go ahead, including manning of the gates from 7am to 4pm. This was the first year the tickets were scanned and an eftpos machine was available at the gates, so it was a very steep learning curve for the 20 wonderful volunteers, but to their credit, they all rose to the challenge brilliantly. Overall the Show was a great success and the Committee have had some very positive feedback. The Show Committee aim to make the next Show bigger and better and therefore welcome any further feedback or participation from the community. If you are not interested in being on the Committee, you may like to consider taking on a Coordinator role or an assistant to a Coordinator. Coordinators are assigned to Float Parade, Gates, Indoor Stalls, Oval Stalls, Raffle, Exhibition, Catering, Entertainment, Promotion and Marketing, Sponsorship, Grants/Funding and Grounds (of which Clayton Murray is looking for a trainee). If you would like to submit feedback, become involved in the Show Committee, a Coordinator or assist a Coordinator please email or call into the Merredin CRC, we would love to hear from you. Images courtesy of Grant Stainer. The Rat Rods Hardwired Entertainment Merredin Show grounds Merredin Police get in on the bumper-car acon The Merredin Show’s biggest Eagles fans get a photo with Aussie Merredin Show Chairperson is presented his Life Membership badge by Hon Mia Davies

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4 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 Court Report 8th March 2021 Kalgoorlie Courthouse Beau Champney appeared on a charge of possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply (Cannabis). He received a 9 month suspended imprisonment order, suspended for 12 months. 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 6th April 2021. 9th March 2021 Armadale Courthouse Andrew Sayas appeared on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant, and possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply (Methylamphetamine). He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 14th May 2021. 11th March 2021 Perth Courthouse Patrick Pickett appeared on charges of obscence acts in public, and 2 counts of unlawful wounding. He was remanded in custody to appear in Perth on the 22nd April 2021. Darren Fitzpatrick appeared on a charge of exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood. He was fined $1050, ordered to pay costs of $248.70, and had his licence suspended for a further 9 months. 12th March 2021 Midland Courthouse Joshua Macri appeared on charges of breach of bail (fail to appear soon after), and 2 counts of assaulting a public officer. He received an intensive supervision order for 9 months, and was ordered to pay costs of $130.50. Perth Courthouse Lindsay George appeared on charges of breach of bail undertaking, breach of conditional suspended imprisonment order, attempt to pervert justice, breach of bail (fail to appear soon after), and 8 counts of breach of family violence restraining order or violence restraining order. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 14th May 2021. 15th March 2021 Kalgoorlie Courthouse Jerrard Johnson appeared on charges of having no authority to drive - suspended (other than fines suspension), and exceeding the speed limit between 10 and 19 km/h. The matters were adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 29th March 2021. Thomas Oliver appeared on a charge of having no authority to drive - suspended (other than fines suspension). He was disqualifed from driving for 9 months, fined $400 and ordered to pay costs of $248.70. Karl Williams appeared on a charge of failing to accompany police to a police station or some other place and to wait at that place. He was fined $1600, ordered to pay costs of $225.90 and had his licence suspended for 18 months. He also appeared on charges of obstructing public officers and possessing a prohibited drug (Cannabis). These charges were dismissed. Christopher Bennett appeared on a charge of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. He was fined $300, ordered to pay costs of $248.70 and an analyst fee of $185. Northam Courthouse Christopher Milosz appeared on a charge of possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property. The matter was adjourned to appear in Northam on the 14th September 2021. Perth Courthouse Jayden Fanning appeared on charges of stealing, and without lawful excuse trespassed on a place. The matters were adjourned to appear in Midland on the 30th March 2021. 19th March 2021 Perth Courthouse Ralph Palmer appeared on previous charges. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 9th April 2021. Letter to the Editor To the Merredin Shire Councillors After a lot of talking and also receiving written forms of the Piazza Survey, I have collected the following information. First of all thank you for trying something new BUT next time before making drastic changes, a consultation process should have been done especially with the effected businesses. Why was it decided to close the main street? 1. The idea of closing part of Barrack Street – it’s great for a few hours only for Special occasions, but on the West side, to create foot movement in front of a variety of shops that are often overlooked because they are not essential. 2. A more suitable position for the Piazza will be on the green lawn in front of the Tourist Bureau, with umbrellas, lovely seatings made out of the tree logs, a lovely feature to look at and contemplate could be the horse and plough. The position is also near three food outlets and the public toilets. 3. Also another place to create a pleasant area to sit is adjacent the train station where visitors and locals alike, can relax and mingle. It is close to two food outlets and few shops. It would provide an attraction for train travellers who might think that Merredin is a lovely place to return to. 4. Revitalise all the rose gardens, they are neglected and unattractive. 5. Revitalise the lawns between Presentation of personal Survey on the Piazza the trees, dead or inexistent grass is not a good look for the CBD. 6. The present Piazza is an obstruction for the essential shopping for everybody, but especially for the Seniors. It has been described to me as a trauma to come down the street and do the weekly shopping. Another problem is that by not being able to have easy access to the shops, some Seniors don’t come down the street as per their usual 3 or 4 times a week, this in the long run will have an effect on their mental health. 7. To close the main street of a small town like Merredin, means cutting off the passing traffic. The lack of parking bays has turned a normal trip down town into a nightmare. 8. This is what has been happening – the caravans are bypassing Merredin, the people out of town are bypassing Merredin. 9. The carpark has turned into a highway without rules. The near misses of accidents has been horrendous. 10. More seatings with benches between the trees all along Barrack Street. 11. Create a nature park in the park, revitalise the Children’s park, it’s boring for teenagers. 12. Merredin has already plenty of public spaces, we don’t need to block the main street. Great concept, but wrong location. Giuliana Nicoletti Merredin Library Musings By WENDY PORTER, MERREDIN LIBRARIAN Haven’t been into the Merredin Library for a while? Remember we add new stock every month, so there is always something new. Here are some of the new items. ‘The Comeback Summer: when Smith and Stokes got the magic back’ by Geoff Lemon is an insightful, lively and sharp observation of cricket and the sporting myth. The book looks at the scandals and the comeback through the World Cup and the Ashes. Do you need new ideas for quilting? How about ‘Adorable animal quilting’ by Ingrid Alteneder. This book shows how easy and fun quilting can be with simple paper-piecing patterns including cats, turtles, elephants, crocodiles, dolphins and zebras. The book also includes information on tools and supplies, as well as some instructions on paper-piecing with lots of pictures. ‘Sketching women’ from the master artists at Atelier 21 teaches beginners how to draw lifelike female figures. The book includes 55 step-by-step lessons with over 600 illustrations, expert advice, dozens of poses and easy to understand notes and tips including how the skeleton, muscles and posture come together to express the female form. Remember, all Merredin Library members have access to free eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, Video streaming, online Literacy programs and an online Book Club. Ask library staff for more information. You can access our catalogue at . See you soon. Letter to the Editor Thank you to Merredin CRC (Show) Committee Thank you to all the people for coming to our 2021 Show and all the sponsors of the Show. Due to COVID-19 we couldn’t have a show in 2020 but this year’s was the best show we have ever had. Thanks again and good luck for 2022. Laurel Cookson Merredin Note: Laur el’s sister Dorothy Howard from Perth, had a stall at this year’s show raising money for Muscular Dystrophy WA. Dorothy has supported the charity since it started in the late 1960s, having personal experience with the genetic disease. Dorothy is an author and has written books, the third a poetry book Celestial V erses through Heaven’s Gate. Dorothy was awarded City of Nedlands Community Citizen of the Year 2020.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 5 Friendships My Thoughts “Friendship. Noun. The state of mutual respect, trust and support between friends.” The idea of what friendship is has always been quite puzzling to me. I have never been able to describe why it is that some people I just click with, and others I don’t. It’s almost like a vibe, maybe a personality match, but still I think it’s a little strange to just find another human and go “yep, that’s the one. They will be the person whom I have the most mutual respect, support and trust with.” Ok maybe that’s not exactly how friendships happen, but you understand where I’m going with this. Take me and my best friend for instance - I met her when I was 15 years old. We found each other on twitter through mutual interests, and even though she was 7 years older and lived on the other side of the country - we bonded instantly and became inseparable despite the fact that she was from Melbourne and I from Perth. After we met in person for the first time in person, we talked every single day. It was unbelievable just how much we had in common despite being from two completely different generations. She had an old soul but a big heart, and I just knew that she was going to be in my life forever. Despite this, it was hard to ignore the voices over my shoulder who told me a long-distance friendship created online would never be as valid as a friendship with a person you’ve known since you were 2, or grew up with, or lived next door to. Looking back now, I can’t help but realise how silly that was! But the reality of a long-distance friendship is that it’s very hard! You have to work twice as much to make sure you keep in touch and know what’s going on in each other’s lives because you don’t get to see each other every day. You don’t get to go on fun nights out or just go over to each other’s houses because you can. And the hardest part is when you go through the worst heartbreak and you Kohdee Hall just want your best friend, they are 3,500km away. You can’t just get on a plane, and you certainly can’t just drive to their front doorstep. The harsh truth is that as you get older, life gets in the way, and friendship can fade. But it’s your choice whether or not you do something about it. My best friend and I still talk often, but not as often as we should. Our lives took different turns, and though it’s not easy to accept, I still think about her often. In 2.5 months she’ll be flying to Perth and standing next to me on my wedding day as I marry the love of my life, and for that I am so grateful. Who would have thought that a friendship built from Twitter would end up here?! I really do believe that we are destined to find our friend, soul mates just as we are to find our life partners, even though I still can’t quite find the right words to describe what friendship is. For many they could search for years and never find the person that makes them laugh so hard they can’t breathe, or who they can tell every secret to and know that they are safe. But when you do find that person, make sure you hold them dear. Even if you can’t explain exactly why you chose them, the happiness they bring you is what really counts. Whether you met you friends when you were young, lived on the same street, went to school or worked together, or whether you met online in a chat or on a social media platform, your friendship is just as important as the next. And even though you may not talk as often or share as many secrets, remember this saying - true friends never part. Maybe in distance, but never at heart. Many people believe electric vehicles (EVs) are alright for rich city dwellers but impractical out in the wheatbelt. It’s thought they don’t have sufficient range and there are practically no EV chargers outside cities. This short story presents another view. I have a Hyundai Kona EV. It runs solely on batteries (it’s not a hybrid). I usually charge it at home, on my charger, on solar power if charging in daylight. Fully charged, the car has a range of about 440km, travelling at 100km/hour, on cruise control, with aircon or heater possibly running for driver only. EVs vary in their range, following a full charge. A few models match or exceed my Kona’s range, but most have a shorter range (say 200 – 300 km). Recently I travelled to speak at a Perenjori workshop about native grasses. Perenjori is about 380km from Merredin, depending on route taken, so do-able for my car on one charge. However, the meeting started at 9 am so I decided to stop overnight at Dalwallinu, top up the batteries at the motel, then go on to Perenjori in the morning. There are no fast EV chargers en route to Perenjori and not even any slower chargers. This scarcity of fast chargers outside Perth or away from the SW coast is an annoyance for EV drivers who want to go touring. This deficiency should soon be rectified, as the WA Government’s State EV Strategy (Dec 2020) comes into effect. The only charging option for me on this trip was to plug into normal power points. These are plentiful, although not always easily accessible (I take an extension cord). They charge very slowly. It would take about 27 hours to fully charge from flat, but I never allow the batteries to get that low. The motel power point was a good overnight option, topping up my batteries from about half full while I dined, then slept. At Perenjori, while I was attending the workshop, my car was refuelling again courtesy of a Perenjori Shire power point. It was late in the day when the Touring the wheatbelt in an EV. Letter to the Editor workshop finished. I’m wary of running into kangaroos so decided to stay again at Dalwallinu, again top up the batteries, then have a leisurely drive back to Merredin via Wongan Hills and Dowerin. I travelled a total of 786 km, Merredin to Perenjori and return. I left home with the car batteries fully charged, which costs me $10-$15 (for around 430 km travel!). Charging at the Motel (twice) and at Perenjori cost me nothing. I arrived home with the batteries about 2/3 depleted and a remaining range of ~130km. So, are EVs suitable for wheatbelt drivers? Yes, of course. You can travel around the wheatbelt and country WA in an electric vehicle without “range anxiety”. Unlike my route north, there are more chargers in country towns south of the Great Eastern Highway, including a few fast chargers (at Lake Grace, Katanning and Kojonup). See PlugShare for locations of EV chargers throughout Australia and overseas. Depending on your route, you may not be able to travel long distances in one day. This is not necessarily a problem, and may even prove beneficial (i.e. safer). Plan your route and your stops, and take time to explore our wonderful state. What I saw on my travels: I hadn’t been up that way for at least a few years so was keen to see the changes. I stopped and wandered around Koorda, Dalwallinu, and Perenjori and, on my return, stopped at Wongan Hills, Dowerin and Nungarin. Thanks to the plentiful recent rain, all those towns and the countryside looked great – green and lush, with lots of water in the salt lakes. It’s clear the residents and their Councils are taking pride in their towns – with great artwork, signage, landscaping, Community Gardens, museums and good toilets! These towns are very attractive, and provide a good range of services. The friendly proud residents I spoke to told me the only thing their towns lack is people! Roy Butler Merredin

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6 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 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 Our visitor numbers swelled at the Museum last week with the arrival of the medical students and their mentors from the Universities of Curtin and Notre Dame. As part of their country experience program, students were invited to explore the Museum and partake in a great opportunity to learn about the importance of the railway in the establishment and mainstay of Merredin. For some students it was the first time they had ventured to the Wheatbelt, many being more familiar with the cooler and verdant environments of the coastal towns. For others who were raised in the country, the opportunity to share information and familiar experiences of rural life with their contemporaries was an added bonus to the visit. Of interest, one student commented that in previous studies she had completed a PhD researching the safe working structures within the railway system and had worked for the Public Transport Authority (PTA) in Perth. She was particularly interested in the safe working exhibits of the electronic and manual Staff and Ticketing systems on display. Staff and Ticket working was introduced by the WAGR in 1886 and remained in daily use for almost 100 years. It was a form of regulating the movement of trains to avoid a “head on” collision. When viewing the exhibits in the signal box, of particular interest to the students was the cane hoop and leather pouch used to exchange the staff “on the go.” The writer recalled being told of an incident that apparently happened at Burracoppin (circa 1950s) whereby an unsuspecting Station Master was handed a racehorse goanna in place of the Staff as the driver moved the train through the station. Not sure which party had the last laugh! Our visitors left with an appreciation of the traditional pathways taken by the Aboriginal people over the land and a respect for the labours of the early pioneers in transforming Merredin into what is today a modern town for transport and commerce. Tales from the Train A modern take on travelling by train Police Report By Acting Senior Sergeant CHRIS THOMPSON, Merredin Police Hi Readers, Merredin Police were kept very busy last weekend due to a number of alcohol fuelled family violence incidents. Some of the victims from these incidents required hospitalisation for the injuries they sustained. The offenders for these violent offences were arrested by police and all are currently remanded in custody awaiting future court appearances. Unfortunately, these types of violent alcohol related incidents are becoming too common. The courts and police have a no tolerance stance to this type of behaviour in our community. It was great to see the Merredin Show up and running again for 2021. Constable Care was amongst the crowd for a short time but found the weather a bit on the warm side. Police were very pleased with the crowd behaviour throughout the day and into the evening. There was very little trouble reported from the event. On Sunday 22nd March a very intoxicated driver thought it was a good idea to drive his vehicle around Carrabin and then the townsite of Westonia. The driver did several burnouts in the middle of town before colliding with a limestone wall near the front of the Westonia Tavern. The force of the collision with wall caused a large limestone block to be hurled into the beer garden narrowly missing patrons that were seated there. A 27 year old male from Moora was apprehended and found to more than three time over the legal alcohol limit with a reading of 0.188 %. The driver was charged with number of offences including; DUI, dangerous driving, and no authority to drive, he will also have to foot the bill for the damaged wall. Fortunately, none of the tavern patrons were harmed by the flying limestone block and rumour has it (with credit to the punters) that not one drop of beer was spilt! As we move into Autumn, it is a good time to make sure your vehicles are ready for the wet weather. Make sure you have plenty of tread on your tyres and your windscreen wipers are working effectively. If you are heading down the city, the roads will be very greasy with the early rains so remember to increase you braking distance to keep you safe. Don’t forget to set the date on 1st May 2021 for the Merredin Blue Light Quiz Night at the Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre. The theme is the 80’s and no doubt the fashion will be cringeworthy. Until next time, take care. By LADY RANTHAM Squeaker Edition. This morning we bagged a seat next to Earnest Japanese Student who had LadyBeard blasting from her earbuds and her rubber soled sneakers resting against the seat in front. We had the misfortune to jag the driver who thinks he's a Formula 1 driver and speeds up to the extent that the train rocks quite violently from side to side on the longer stretches. This caused EJS's sneakers to make a squeaking sound as we wobbled along the Cockburn track. Squeak. .... squeaksqueaksqueak ...... SQUEAKSQUEAKSQUEAK ...... squeak. .. HBIIS (Handsome Businessman In Impractical Shoes) got a fit of the giggles. And I mean girly giggles! They would have better suited EJS! She left us at Murdoch and HBIIS shared my seat and left me with a private and slightly shame-faced smile at Betty's Jetty.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 7 By KOHDEE HALL More than one hundred community members treated their senses to an array of exquisite dishes at the Merredin Twilight International Food Festival on Friday, 19 March 2021. The Festival kicked off at Cummins Theatre at 6pm, with representatives from eight different countries offering a taste of their delicious authentic recipes. Within 20 minutes of the doors opening, the Theatre was packed with people of all ages, who gathered around each of the tasting stations ready to experience a rich culinary experience. Volunteers in the community offered a number of dishes including Scottish tablet, Chinese sweets, Aussie BBQ, Japanese sushi, Italian profiteroles, Sfinci di san Giuseppe, and gnocchi two ways, Mexican Another Successful International Food Festival Event tacos, and Indian lamb curry. Concetta Sulton also returned for the second year running with a live middle eastern cooking demonstration, which the crowd was able to try afterwards. The Shire would like to thank the sponsors of this event, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Collgar Wind Farm, as well as the cooking and serving volunteers on the night. Without our wonderful sponsors and volunteers, this event would not be possible.

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8 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 By ROMOLO PATRONI On Thursday afternoon 18 members of the Merredin Mens Shed hosted 26 Medical students and their academic leaders to a barbeque lunch. The Students from Notre Dame and Curtin Universities were on a sabbatical visit to Merredin to familiarize themselves with country living. Phil Sachse, Chair of the Men’s Shed, welcomed the students and explained the functions of Men’s Shed and how it provided both for the physical and mental wellbeing of its members. He said it gave an interest for those who wanted to engage in woodwork, metal fabrication, restoration of old farm machinery or even in projects of their own personal choosing. Some, he said, were just there for the social interaction. Phil explained the Shed was open most days of the week and how members had a sense of family. Louise Austen responded on behalf of the students, pointing out the visitation was a compulsory part of the curriculum and all students were Medical Students visit Merredin Men’s Shed expected to participate. She expressed how appreciative they all were of the interest shown in the program and the friendly nature and support given by the local community. The Men’s Shed members played excellent host over lunch and enthusiastically engaged with the students to give them their views of living in a country town. After lunch, a group tour of the Shed which included showing many restoration projects of vintage machinery. In all there were 180 students involved over eleven different Wheatbelt communities from Southern Cross in the East to Wongan Hills in the North and Narrogin in the South. The Student visitation was the initiative of Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils (Local Government) and has expanded from the original small group of 8 students from Notre Dame to now over 180 students from the two Universities. Students were billeted out some sharing with Merredin Men’s Shed members. This is now the third year Shed Members have played host to the Students and they have already marked next year visit on their calendar.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 9 By SALLY PUTT The Mt Marshall & Districts Show was the place to be on Saturday 13th March, with approximately 650 people travelling from around the Wheatbelt to enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment at the Bencubbin Recreation Grounds. This year marked the 90th celebration of the Show and we certainly celebrated it in style! There was plenty of action across the day with free amusements and fantastic entertainment on offer. The rock climbing wall and bungy trampolines were busy from opening time til close while the younger kids loved the range of bouncy castles and activities on offer. The Treasure Pit was an absolute hit, with kids counting up the coins they’d found and running up to the Bencubbin P&C Show Bag truck to spend their treasure. The Equestrian event was the biggest we’ve seen, with participants travelling from far and wide to attend. Spectators were in for a great treat watching these talented riders throughout the day, with many thoroughly enjoying the showjumping section. A big thank you to Megan Brooks and her crew for organising the successful event. The Motor Show also had many people wandering through and casting their votes, a big thank you to all vehicle owners who made the trip out and to Karen Peters for Mt Marshall Show 90 Years and going strong organising this.. The Nutrien Ag Dash for Cash had the crowd cheering as participants sprinted through the middle of the Showgrounds for a chance to win some spending money. The Exhibition Hall was full of displays and exhibits, many enjoyed strolling through to view the handiwork and talents of our wider community. The main attraction this year travelled all the way from Queensland, putting on 3 spectacular Jetpack Shows for the crowd to enjoy. While a few peoples lunches got a bit soggy as they learnt they were sitting a bit too close to the pool, all was forgiven as they had the crowd up dancing and laughing. Later in the afternoon the crowd slowly made their way to the outdoor bar area to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Amber, Sue & Matt Munns. The Nutrien Ag Challenge provided a laugh for the crowd while food vendors were kept busy with dinner orders. Once dark, the Jetpack evening Show had the crowd amazed with a breathtaking display of stunts, lighting effects and fire which then led into the Fireworks display. If you ask anyone who attended, I’m sure they’ll tell you it was spectacular. The Eastern Line followed this display, playing into the evening for the crowd - the perfect wrap up to a great day out! The Mt Marshall & Districts Agricultural Society really thought of something for everyone this year, it was a great event and we are looking forward to what 2022 has in store! Images courtesy of Carrie Woodfield

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10 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 By PAM FORBES Back again - with lots of activity to report. I remember back in the days when I wrote essays, that we were instructed to DEFINE YOUR TERMS!. So I thought that I had better do that. I checked out the Macquarie Dictionary (it was around before Mr Google) and it tells me that senior means “of higher rank or standing, esp. by virtue of longer service.” So there! Some of us have sad and some happy memories of the last year. It will be wonderful when we can see our families again. On Tuesday, 16th, there were 17 or 18 people at Gentle Gym. Think of all that fitness! Wednesday Craft is really bubbling. You should hear the volume of chatter. Some great work still gets done. We were busy getting our display ready for the Show on March 20th. There are so many clever ladies here - the crafty men go to the Men’s Shed! We decided to show off rather than compete, so had a stall. Lillian is the guiding light. There is some great work to see and we have made some more Survival Kits. If you are interested in any kind of craft we would love you to join us on Merredin Senior News Wednesdays from 9.30. There were 10 of us here this week, and we got to share some of Lillian’s delicious birthday cake. Thursdays are really jumping now. For the last two weeks, 19 people have enjoyed a roast dinner and about the same number have enjoyed morning tea and a chat. There is some discussion about whether some activity (eg, bingo, carpet bowls) should be included or whether you just want to talk. Please let Jean, Jeanette or Heather know what you would like to do. It’s great that so many are taking advantage of the opportunity to have at least one good meal a week! We are still waiting for a fabulous suggestion for a Friday activity. If you have any queries or suggestions, please let one of us know. Contact Jeanette Fegan on 0460 002 543 for regular visiting specialists.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 11 On Sunday 7 March our Year 7-10 Volleyball teams had the opportunity to compete at a Beach Volleyball competition held at City Beach. Beach Volleyball Cup By JULIE FLOCKART Meridian Regional Arts is a not for profit, incorporated body recently set up by enthusiastic community minded Merredin residents who got together to assist in connecting community through arts opportunities. The inaugural committee comprise of Lisa Fischer, President; Julie Flockart, Secretary; Jessie Johnson, Treasurer; and committee members Chloe Flockart, Marika Hayden, Tom James, Sheree Lowe, Jess Spring and Lisa Thompson. Through the Department of Local Government, Sport, Cultural Industries (WA) and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID -19 Recovery 2020-2021 funding program, Meridian Regional Arts successfully received a grant to auspice an Artist in Resident community collaborative project involving Mural, Sculpture and Emphemeral Arts. The committee introduced themselves to the community at the recent Merredin CRC Twilight Introducing Meridian Regional Arts Markets and were able to collect invaluable information from community members around their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions about Public Art in Merredin. As a result of the terrific feedback Meridian Regional Arts has set up a Survey Monkey to capture further feedback. Go to if you would like to be involved. Meridian Regional Arts will have a stall at the upcoming 20th March Merredin Show and will be introducing the first Artist in Resident Lewis Horne, a passionate and creative sculptural artist to the community. Lewis will be hosting an interactive and engaging workshop for all ages, using Lego. Throughout 2021 Meridian Regional Arts will be delivering workshops and opportunities for locals to have a go at designing, creating, and appraising public art, with the goal of creating murals and sculptures to be temporarily showcased around Merredin.

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12 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 By OWEN & THE TEAM, Regional Men’s Health Initiative Just like a lot of sports, if we view our life through the paradigm of life taking four quarters to play then we find there are many common themes. A blokes life expectancy is 80 to 82 years and I have had fruitful discussions with several blokes who have died around this age. Subsequently I feel it is apt to be able to breakdown our life’s journey into four quarters. First Quarter (0 to 20 years). This is where we are learning the rules and getting into the game (establishing who we are in our life). Sometimes it takes time to get warmed up, (educated and starting work). The conditions we play in also affects our influence on the game (just as the different situations in our life). First quarters are often tough, and the opposition is unknown, (life throws up many curve balls like it does in adolescence). The second quarter (21 to 40 years) is when we are getting used to our game plan and our teammates, there are many challenges such as injuries, opposition strengths and playing conditions (getting a head of steam up, forging our identity, sorting out our life plan and putting things into place to set us up for the future). We then look to see if we are in front or behind on the scoreboard (are we heading in the right direction?) Half time. We get to have a r est, (a time for self-reflection) make some changes, reset the game plan and off we go again. The third quarter (41 to 60 years) is often referred to as the premiership quarter. This is when we put in the tough yards, work hard, and put ourselves and the team in a winning position, giving up is Living our Life by Quarters not an option (this is part of mid-life, sometimes we must earn respect, and make tough decisions which will ultimately set us up for the last quarter and transition us easier into retirement). The four quarter (61 to 80 years) is the time we get to enjoy the spoils of the game. We hope we have some distance between us and the opposition and are kicking with the wind, consolidating our position and winning the game (we can smell the roses and reflect on the hard yards we have put into life and hopefully enjoyed the journey). Unlike sport, in life there are often no rules:  We can get injured and/or taken out at any point throughout any quarter of the game.  We need to participate in all quarters of the game and it is often said “you get out what you put in”. Like with everything in life, we must make an effort.  A couple of my friends passed away in the third quarter of life and when reflecting they have said to me, “they wished they had enjoyed their life a bit more”.  Recently I had a special mate who died after his 80th birthday. Before he passed away, he told me how he had a great game, and was in time-on and still enjoying himself. I am a firm believer that “the world is run by people that turn up” and this is true both for sport and the game of life. Turn up; put in an effort, train and work hard, take calculated risks, have repeated efforts, stick to the game plan, hold out for the whole four quarters and ultimately celebrate success. Ultimately, we must enjoy ourselves along the way, it is not about the final siren but the way we played the game.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 13 By BLAIR and SAM The Year Six students left for camp early on Tuesday morning to go to Prendiville Catholic College to make a giant cross to go on display in tour front office. We arrived at Point Peron at 4:00pm and then did crate climbing. On the Wednesday we did archery, orienteering and the Point Peron Challenge. Then we did kayaking, it was fun as many people were falling off their kayaks. Camp 2021 The next day we did acrophobia, which was rock climbing and abseiling. Rock climbing was fun, three people got to the top, we then did abseiling, it was scary because we had to walk backwards off a wall. We then did stand up paddle boarding, it was extra fun. Our final activity was prussiking which was basically pulling ourselves up using two ropes. Camp was loads of fun. By HEATHER GILES Students from the graduating Class of 1976 and other students who spent time with them during their High School years, met up on Saturday to reminisce and catchup on their lives since leaving school. We met at the College to wander the school grounds and remember the wonderful times and people we spent time with, way back then. MSHS Class of ’76 Reunion Everyone was very impressed with the way the College looks today and particularly the Primary School Campus – it is a credit to everyone concerned. Lunch, laughter and good yarns were shared at the Northside Tavern for the afternoon and plans for further catch-us with hopefully more of the cohort have been planned for next year, if not before. Back Row: Rod Alderton, Je Sparrowhawk, Murray Cockram, Julie Henderson, Jenny Wahlsten, Tony Crook, Raelene Gale, Alan Reynolds, Steve O’Dea, Gary Adlam, Gary Clark, George Hayden, Russell Hooper, Kelvin Mondy, Ken Liebeck. Front Row: Greg Price, Ann Armanasco, Karen Symes, Debbie Crees, Heather Lane, Pam West, Leonie Chester, Lyn Cahill, Maria Menschelyi, Kevin Barkla.

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14 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 By PETER BARRETT With so many clear warm nights at this time of year it’s a great time to get out and sleep under the stars. This is one of the reasons I love star-watching. It can be done efficiently while laying down in bed, if your bed is in the right place. Such a night commences with Mars and Taurus in the northwest setting before 10pm. Higher and to the west is Orion with Sirius the dog star above it outshining everything except the moon. Directly South is Canopus the second brightest, forming a pointer to the South Pole when aligned with Sirius. Achernar is also very prominent low in the SW. As the night progresses Orion sets just after midnight and Achernar appears WTF 26 March-8th April 2021 to graze the horizon due south. Directly above it the Southern Cross is now standing up high in the sky, and the Milky Way now forms a horizontal band across the middle of the sky from east to west. After midnight meteors increase in number as our side of the earth begins to plough into them. By 2 oclock the centre of the Galaxy has risen in the southeast, and the entire indigenous constellation of the emu is now visible. By this time of night blazing red Arcturus is dominating the Northern Sky and Saturn has just come up. Jupiter soon follows for an early morning gas giant show. By dawn they are dominant in the eastern sky with Mercury also now visible near the horizon. Venus is nowhere to be seen throughout the night, still wandering around the far side of the sun. Regular Watchers of The Firmament will know that one of my favorite branches of astronomy is gnomonics, the art of sundial construction. In its purest form it is an exercise in draftsmanship and applied geometry. For me it is a fascination with the diversity of different concepts, such as the Mojoptix digital sundial, invented by Frenchman Julien Coyne. This piece of 3d-printing, about the size of a pencil case, is only accurate to the nearest 20 minutes but displays the time purely in numerals which change with the motion of the sun shining through a very intricate graticule. An impressive conversation piece on any sunny garden table. For accuracy the ultimate sundial was invented by American Richard Schmoyer in the 1950‘s. This one looks simple but the gnomon (the part that casts the shadow) is shaped like a piece of buckled angle iron. In fact it has been very carefully constructed to follow the “equation of time”, whereby the sun speeds up and slows down from our perspective due to the obliqueness of our rotation and the elliptical nature of our orbit. Perhaps the simplest sundial is the “analemmatic” type which can use a gnomon of any size, including humans standing on a line. Why not try one? See you next fortnight. Keep looking up. By SHEREE LOWE It's so easy to believe that firefighting, one of the most heavily male-dominated industries in the world, is still very much not for women. Most of Merredin VFRS's female firefighters also believed that at one stage, but have been happy to be proven wrong - and now they're encouraging more women to stretch themselves and have a go. In recognition of International Women's Day, Merredin VFRS held Ladies Day at the fire station. "Ladies Day" was designed to showcase the skills, experience and leadership of the current female firefighters in the brigade, as well as to create an accessible, non-threatening atmosphere in which women in the community could familiarise themselves with the Merredin brigade, station and trucks, and in which they could try their hands at basic firefighting skills. 17 local women attended the event, which began with a tour of the station and the fire truck. Attendees then watched as an all-female crew conducted a car cutting demonstration, while the tools and techniques were explained to them as they watched. Ladies Day at the Fire Station After that it was everyone else's turn! Under the watchful eyes of the brigade's experienced volunteers, all participants had the opportunity to try the hoses and the tools for themselves, before rounding out the morning with champagne, cupcakes and nibbles. If you are interested in joining the brigade, send a message to the Merredin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page, or phone Phil (Captain) on 0428 415 308 or Sheree (Lieutenant) on 0458 235 461. The bushfire which started on 1 February in Wooroloo and spread to Shires of Chittering and Northam, and the City of Swan, destroyed at least 86 houses and 2 fire trucks. On 3 February the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund was activated and the community were urged to donate to help those in the Wooroloo and Hills bushfires. Merredin CRC decided to donate the funds collected from the Containers for Change trailer, located at the front Merredin CRC Containers for Change donation to Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund Wooroloo and Hills Bushfire 2021 Appeal of the CRC, up to 19 March, would be donated to the Bushfire Appeal. Leon and Pauline Guest kindly picked up the trailer and transported it to their Refund Point and we were pleased that $99 was deposited to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund – Scheme ID C10414519. More than $15.8M as at 4pm, 19 March 2021 had been donated, including $2 million from Rio Tinto and $1.2 million from Chevron.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 15 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Check out the next edition of the Phoenix for more information To add or amend your community notice, please email it to Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 27 MARCH 28 29 30 31 1 APRIL 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Merredin A Choired Taste 7pm—9pm. 0487 351 167. Bootscooting, 7pm. 9041 3005. Narembeen Rhyme Time at the Library. 9064 7055. Nungarin Playgroup and Easter Egg Hunt Open Day. 9.30am—11.30am. Merredin Seniors Craft Group. Senior Centre. 10am. Narembeen Morning Coffee Club. 9064 7055. Merredin Arty Farty Party. Cummins Theatre. Youth Fest MRC&LC 12 noon—4pm Merredin Seniors Craft Group. Senior Centre. 10am. Narembeen Morning Coffee Club. 9064 7055. Narembeen Narembeen Seniors Movie. 9064 7055 Narembeen Narembeen Triathlon. 9064 7055. Nungarin An evening by the court. 7pm till late. Fundraiser for St John Ambulance. Trayning Churches Unite event. 0428 831 036. Merredin Early Years Network Easter in the park, Apex Park. 9.30am—11.30am, 0-5 years. Seniors Craft Group. Senior Centre. 10am. Narembeen Morning Coffee Club. 9064 7055. Merredin A Choired Taste 7pm—9pm. 0487 351 167. Bootscooting, 7pm. 9041 3005. Global Caravan Tribal Dance and Drumming 5pm. 9041 1041. Narembeen Rhyme Time at the Library. 9064 7055. Merredin A Choired Taste 7pm—9pm. 0487 351 167. Bootscooting, 7pm. 9041 3005. Global Caravan Tribal Dance and Drumming 5pm. 9041 1041. Narembeen Rhyme Time at the Library. 9064 7055. Merredin Seniors Craft Group. Senior Centre. 10am. Narembeen Morning Coffee Club. 9064 7055. Merredin Men’s Shed 2pm—5pm. Senior Centre morning tea. 10am. Maundy Thursday. 11am, Pioneer Park—Blessing of the Roads. Merredin Men’s Shed 2pm—5pm. Senior Centre morning tea. 10am. PH: Easter Monday Merredin Men’s Shed 2pm—5pm. Senior Centre morning tea. 10am. Kellerberrin People’s Baptist Church. 11am. 0435 284 796. Merredin Merredin Church of Christ. 10am. Uniting Church. 9am. 0428 125 613. Nungarin Palm Sunday Service at St Thomas 10am Kellerberrin People’s Baptist Church. 11am. 0435 284 796. Merredin Merredin Church of Christ. 10am. Uniting Church. 9am. 0428 125 613. Kellerberrin People’s Baptist Church. 11am. 0435 284 796. Merredin Easter Sunday 6am at Reflection Pond. SON-Rise Reflection/Resurrection Morning. Uniting Church. Nungarin Nungarin Markets Kellerberrin People’s Baptist Church. 11am. 0435 284 796. Merredin Merredin Church of Christ. 10am. Uniting Church. 9am. 0428 125 613. The Spiritual Fair, Cum-mins Theatre. 9am—3pm. Merredin Seniors Gentle Gym. 2pm. Senior Centre. Merredin Seniors Gentle Gym. 2pm. Senior Centre. Merredin Seniors Gentle Gym. 2pm. Senior Centre. Merredin Seniors Gentle Gym. 2pm. Senior Centre. Merredin Men’s Shed 2pm—5pm. Senior Centre morning tea. 10am. Easter Sunday PH: Good Friday Merredin Arty Farty Party. Cummins Theatre.

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 19 now does steam carpet cleaning/shampooing and upholstery cleaning Call Graeme on 0458 391 232 CARPET CLEANING HANDYMAN PLACE YOUR TRADES ADVERT Fantastic, affordable exposure for your business Email marketing@ YOUR TRADE By Senior Regional Officer for Goldfields/Esperance Region with Mark Ing, Department of Consumer Protection If you have a bad experience with a business, sharing your story on social media and elsewhere online might seem like a good way to warn others to steer clear, but it may not be the most effective way to have your voice heard. Consumer laws in WA give us the authority to receive and investigate complaints against traders, before taking the appropriate action – such as an attempt at conciliation, a public naming or even potentially a prosecution in court. It’s important to remember that defamation laws extend online, meaning that anyone using social media should be careful about what they post. A split-second decision to write or share information online could become a costly move if legal action is pursued by the aggrieved party. Our work relies on the WA community communicating with us so we can ensure traders are doing the right thing. During a recent investigation of one business, it was discovered more than 100 consumers had complained on a social media group, however only a relatively Don’t complain, lodge a complaint small number of complaints had been lodged with Consumer Protection. By lodging a complaint you can help us to better target non-compliant traders through trader engagement and proactive campaigns to prevent ongoing non-compliance. If you have been unable to resolve an issue with a trader, lodging a formal complaint will allow us to attempt to conciliate the matter for you. This means we will talk to the trader on your behalf to find an outcome that is acceptable to all parties. This is a free service and conciliation is often the most efficient and effective way to handle complaints. Should a mutual agreement not be possible, then other options may be presented, such as recommending an application be made to the Magistrate’s Court, the State Administrative Tribunal, or seeking independent legal advice. Enforcement action may be considered by Consumer Protection where non-compliance is identified. More information about your rights and how to make a complaint, including an online complaint form, is available on our website at You can also email your query to

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20 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 Horoscopes ARIES 21 March—19 April This is an excellent time for relationships as there is an intense focus on the balance in your life between your own agenda and personal relationships. Partners and/or children are highly motivated to help you get things moving. Now is the time to attend courses and make travel plans. TAURUS 20 April—20 May You are highly motivated by your work and interaction with colleagues at the moment, but at the same time you function best left to your own devices and with a high degree of autonomy. You find you are able to work extremely well with the professional groups you are affiliated with. GEMINI 21 May—20 June Whilst this can be an excellent time for some ventures, especially in fields like video, marketing and selling, there tends to be an element of illusion or delusion involved. In other words, it can be easy to get led astray by your imagination. The smart Gemini sorts through ideas first. CANCER 21 June—22 July There is a focus on the balance between family and career. It is an extremely good time for cooperative partnership. You will probably have an enthusiastic associate at your side. Remember, it's ok to delegate, but watch things closely. Over enthusiastic people may be heading for a fall. LEO 23 July—22 August It is an excellent time for both professional and personal relationships, and especially good for reaching out to groups and committing to further education. Once you have established a strong framework, then you will be able to expand on it. Success is coming your way. VIRGO 23 August—22 September Don't expect clarity and light in your relationships at the moment. What works best at present is working relationships. Focus on professional interests and the enthusiastic support you can get when you are clear about your goals, helps bring direction. Let others build the framework. LIBRA 23 September—22 October Generally at this time, risks are going to be rewarded and there are sure to be favourable developments with partners, kids, creative teams and any educational projects. You will need to curb your enthusiasm and resist the temptation to rashly take the lead, so listen carefully. SCORPIO 23 October—21 November Currently you are in a rather exposed position, but mental clarity and the willingness to say exactly what you think brings success. At work, people with strong leadership abilities have your back, and this is also an excellent time for working partnerships. Family affairs prosper. SAGITTARIUS 22 November—21 December The focus now is on educational work, social engagement and channeling your mental abilities through team work. It is the perfect time for cooperation and communication with ideas people who want to turbocharge your projects. Furthermore, this is a great time for having fun. CAPRICORN 22 December—19 January At present there are key events taking place both domestically and professionally as new initiatives kick in affecting children and family. It is a positive and enthusiastic time. You are supported by great colleagues who are full of ideas about how best to create a positive social environment. AQUARIUS 20 January—18 February There is an emphasis at the moment on education and communication, with a particular focus on sibling relationships, schooling and local initiatives. There are many creative challenges for you now, which you take on with determination and perseverance. PISCES 19 February—20 March There are very positive developments at home, where a communication or educational venture, or some other dynamic activity is sure to bring success. It is good to mobilise family members and perhaps invest in your home. Even if it seems risky to spend money. CLASSIFIEDS Positions Vacant WE ARE HIRING MC TRUCK DRIVER Bruce Rock Engineering are seeking an experienced MC Truck Driver to join our team in Bruce Rock. This role will be offered on a full-time basis with a minimum of 40hrs per week. To be eligible for this role, you must have the following:  MC Licence.  Forklift Licence (Licence to perform High Risk Work).  Good driving record.  Great work ethic & willingness to work to a high standard of safety.  Crane Ticket is highly desirable but not essential. Duties will include:  Road train truck driving.  Delivery of new vehicles.  Maintenance & cleaning of truck & trailing equipment.  General yard duties. We offer competitive rates, ongoing and long hours, as well as a great working environment. Please apply via SEEK or alternatively come into the site and drop off your resume. or more information, please call Tegan on 08 9454 7177. WE ARE HIRING – STORESPERSON Bruce Rock Engineering are seeking an enthusiastic person to join our Stores team in Bruce Rock. To be eligible for this role, you must have the following:  Strong attention to detail  Great organisational skills  Ability to follow instruction  Forklift licence (desirable but not essential) Duties will include:  Processing orders (picking small parts)  Record keeping  Assisting with inventory movement and stocktake We offer competitive rates, ongoing and long hours, as well as a great working environment. This is a local role offered on a fulltime or part-time basis – hours are negotiable. Please apply via SEEK or alternatively come into the site and drop off your resume. For more information, please call Tegan on 08 9454 7177. Thomas Connelly 4th August 1941 to 10th February 2020 a farewell gathering will be held on the foreshore opposite the Rockingham Beach Seafood Takeaway (Tom’s favourite shop) at 2pm 4th April. BYO chair and refreshments. Part Time Position Available The Nungarin Community Resource Centre Management Committee has an opportunity available for a friendly and organized person who has both good administration skills and excellent customer service. Duties will vary daily and will include office cleaning. So if you are flexible and able to undertake a variety of changing tasks then this is the role for you. We also operate the Australia Post outlet which requires an eye for detail and strict confidentiality. This position will commence in April 2021. Hours are to be negotiated, however will not exceed 20 per week.  Hourly rate between $20.58 - $25.00 available depending on age, experience & prior qualifications.  Develop a wide range of skills including providing Australia Post services, desktop publishing, event organisation and promotion. Experience in using Microsoft Office, including Publisher, will be an advantage.  Gain invaluable experience as part of a small team within a friendly rural community.  Nungarin is located only 40 km from Merredin and boasts a hotel, shop, monthly markets and fantastic sporting facilities including a swimming pool & recreation centre. If you have any general queries in relation to the position, prior to sending your application, please contact Emily on 9046 5400 or visit the CRC. To apply please email your CV including 2 recent referees and a cover letter stating why you feel you would be a good fit for this position. Email: or mail your application to: The Chairperson, Nungarin Community Resource Centre, P O Box 3, Nungarin WA 6490. Applications close 4.00 pm Monday 29th March 2021. Memorial Positions Vacant

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 21 Positions Vacant CLASSIFIEDS SHIRE OF WESTONIA POSITION VACANCY ROAD TRAIN OPERATOR An excellent opportunity exists for a person with road train side pper operaon experience to join Council’s outside work force. Requirements for the posion include: • Previous Plant Operaon Experience • Hold a current ‘MC’ Drivers License (minimum) • Police Clearance, and • Pass a pre-placement medical examinaon. Aracve condions of employment are oered including salary in the range of $62,000- $66,000, inclusive of guaranteed overme, service payments, matching superannuaon contribuons and other benets. Suitable housing can be arranged if required. Westonia is a dynamic rural community situated 316km east of the Perth in the Wheatbelt. The town is well serviced with shopping, medical, swimming pool, excellent sporng facilies and a primary school in nearby community of Merredin. The community is currently experiencing substanal development through mining and lifestyle growth. Interested persons should obtain an informaon package by contacng Jasmine Geier at the Shire Oce on 9046 7063 or emailing . Further details regarding the posion can be made by contacng Bill Price, Works Supervisor on 0427 467 082. Applicaons should be sent to the undersigned at Shire of Westonia, Wolfram St, Westonia 6423, by 5.00pm Friday 9th April 2021. Jamie Criddle CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Public Notices Merredin Show Raffle LS215659520. 1st Prize $5,000 Ticket No 319 - Glenn and Kylie Crees, 2nd Prize $2,000 Ticket No 420 - Paul Dongary and 3rd Prize $1,000 Ticket No 485 – Julie Della Bosca. By JANAE de LACY, Nungarin Community Resource Centre Local farmers, Kim and Shay Creagh had a different ending to their 2021 shearing program. Together with Australian Wool Innovation & Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, a shearing school was established and ran during March at their family farm in the Nungarin Shire. Due to a shortage of shearers in the Eastern Wheatbelt this was seen as a great opportunity to teach local youth the skills of shearing and wool handling. This two-week school allowed its participants to engage in the environment of a shearing shed and gain an insight on the demand of attention and agility needed whilst working. The participants were given hands-on experience, which aimed to increase their employment opportunities with farmers within the community. Eight hundred and fifty ewe hoggets were allocated to the school learners. Over the duration of the day the team were provided with catering from two local businesses, McCorrys B&B and Wegners Rural. After a day’s hard work, the boys were able to return home or to local accommodation by transport provided by DPIRD. This wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of Project Officer, Tony Gray assisted by Kevin May. Local Heinger Territory Sales Manager & AWI Trainer, Todd Wegner, together with AWI Trainers, Kevin Gelatly, Amanda Davis and Aboriginal Mentor, Ian Rivers of Mukinbudin were the drive behind this idea. Todd is involved in many schools across the state but hadn’t yet attended one in his region until now. By hosting a school in his home town, Todd mentioned “this particular school was extremely important and personal for him”. At the conclusion of a successful two weeks, special guest, Darren West, WA Labor Member Did Ewe Hear About the First Shearing School in the Eastern Wheatbelt? for the Agricultural Region, alongside Ashley Talbot DPIRD, presented the group with their certificates and congratulated them individually on their commitment and efforts. A great team of staff were acknowledged for their time, going above and beyond to teach this group everything required of them for a future in the wool industry. Due to the positive outcome of the 2021 Shearing and Wool Handling School, the training team are interested in allowing this school to continue annually. Anyone interested in being involved in upcoming schools, contact Ashley Talbot with your expressions of interest on 0468 715 981 or email

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22 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 11 March 2021 Under 12 White 54 d. Blue/Gold 15 Blue 28 d. Gold 24 Red 18 d. Black 14 Green 20 d. Maroon 12 Under 16 Boys Blue 48 d. Red 33 Grey 40 d. Green 25 Maroon 57 d. Yellow 32 Under 16 Girls Green 68 d. Red 9 Light Blue 35 d. White 20 17 March 2021 Semi-Finals Under 12 Blue 28 d. Red 24 White 15 d. Black 12 in overtime Basketball Merredin Basketball Assoc. Merredin CRC manages the Trevor Elliott Pet Cemetery and is reliant on assistance from volunteers to undertake the jobs associated with the Cemetery, which includes the internments, caretaking, watering of trees and improvements. The CRC was very fortunate to have had a devoted volunteer in Trevor Elliott for many years however, when Trevor’s health unfortunately deteriorated in 2020, Trevor Elliott Pet Cemetery’s new additions the CRC was very pleased to have another fantastic volunteer, Ross Duffield, who stepped up and took on the role. Ross has been very active at the Pet Cemetery planting trees, tidying up the whole area and coming up with some great ideas. Ross noticed the alphabetical labelling of the paths had almost reached the end of the alphabet and came up with the idea to rename the paths (like streets) and have the grave numbers (like houses) with the path names recognising local flora eg Acacia Avenue, Banksia Boulevard. The Pet Cemetery, which currently has over 200 pets interned there, is truly valued by the community and the CRC appreciate the work that Ross, as a volunteer, devotes to the Pet Cemetery and wanted to make things a bit easier for him, by having a shed to store equipment and a water tank to give access to water for the trees, rather than Ross having to take a trailer out every week. The CRC were successful in receiving funding from Volunteering WA through the 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants to have a garden shed and rainwater tank installed. Ross was very happy and enthusiastic about the project and recruited a couple of members of the Merredin Men’s Shed to carry out the project and rather than just purchasing the shed and rainwater tank, the men set about creating something unique that had the same outcomes. The Pet Cemetery now has an artistic/decorative pergola which has a ‘wheatbelt’ style rainwater tank as well as a garden shed for equipment storage. All in all the project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and supported by Volunteering WA, resulted in much more aesthetically pleasing structures, benefited a community group (Merredin Men’s Shed) and still provided the overall outcomes for the Pet Cemetery, less work for the volunteers as well as a sense of ownership by those involved. Under 16 Boys Grey 46 d. Maroon 41 Yellow 32 d. Blue 26 Under 16 Girls Light Blue 33 d. White 27 Green 40 d. Red 30 Men Lakers 4 d. Bucks 28 Thunder 51 d. Bulls 25 Women Mystics 28 d. Sharks 26 Black Pearls 37 d. Sonics 12 Good luck to all teams in their final games!

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THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 23 By VANESSA WITTSTOCK The Narembeen Ladies Long Lunch (LLL) was held on Saturday 20 March 2021, and WOW, what a day it was! The LLL provided a social outing for Ladies of the district to come together to broaden horizons, meet new people, engage socially, reconnect and share life experiences. Coordinated by the Narembeen Community Resource Centre (CRC) and a small Committee, the luncheon brought together farmers’ wives, partners, local businesswomen, mothers and young women to mark the significant role women play within the community and the regions. 187 women of diverse ages, demographics, locations, talents, passions and expertise attended the event. The theme and dress code for the day was black & white with a huge focus on empowering women while enhancing community identity and wellbeing as well as representing a friendly and inclusive community. Firstly I would like to thank all our incredible bronze, silver, gold and platinum sponsors, who made this event possible (these are all displayed on the next page). Your sponsorship contributed to a very successful day that attracted guest speakers sharing their business and mental well-being expertise as well as musicians and entertainers, which resulted in a day full of fun, inspiration, motivation and laughter and opened doors for interaction between towns. Without your invaluable sponsorship the Narembeen LLL would not have been possible. We are incredibly grateful for your involvement and hope we can look forward to your continued support in the future. Secondly I would like to thank my amazing Narembeen CRC Staff; Kristie Lee, Georgia Atkins, Savannah Garlick and wonderful LLL Committee members; Ebony Miller, Di Pollard, Ashleigh Hunter, Becci Wanless and Prue Maher who have all worked tirelessly to make Narembeen Ladies Long lunch this event happen. I cannot thank you enough! A special mention must also go to all the volunteers that helped with the set up and pack up: Jake Cole, James King, Andrew Hardham, Dave Pollard, Ben Hunter, Paul Wanless, Brendan Maher and Tamara Clarkson. An event of this size could not have been as successful without the dedication and hard work of people like you and I would like to sincerely thank you all for volunteering your valuable time. THANK YOU! A big thank you must also go to Lucy Lines and her waiting staff Alice Hardham, Sarah Lines, Makayla Cole, Keira Butler, Cameron Hills and Stephen Cummins. The kids did an absolute amazing job serving food, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen all with a smile on their face while raising money for the Narembeen P & C. Special thanks to Sharlene Miller and the Narembeen Recreation Centre Bar Staff who worked incredibly hard throughout the day AND night. You all did a fabulous job! Our MC Jessie Davis, who made this day even more special with her experience, insight and professionalism, and we couldn't be more grateful and appreciative that you agreed to MC the day. You made the day flow and we cannot thank you enough for the wonderful job you did. Thank you also to: Hayley Billing from the Wild Poppy Café in Merredin, Jade and Duane from ‘Brother & I’, Chris Bray and the Narembeen Men Shed, Elli from Flowers by Elli Paige, Em Louise Photography and to all our fantastic guest speakers and entertainers for the day: Sabine McKenzie from Core Confidence, Fleur Porter — Purpose Coach, Brianna and Daniela — Spirit Soul Sistas, Emma Krause - Comedian and PROOF |The Band, who ended a perfect day/evening on an absolute high. Overall an incredible event that involved many Wheatbelt women. The Narembeen Ladies Long Lunch was a fantastic event for rural women to do what they do best and that is network. Conversations were terrific and the opportunity to meet such beautiful and inspirational women was a joy. We hope that you were left with a full soul cup and ready for the 2023 Ladies Long Lunch. Once again, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 2021 Narembeen Ladies Long Lunch such a wonderful success.

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24 THE PHOENIX Friday, March 26th 2021 Junior Tennis Tennis By MICHELLE GETHIN Junior Merredin-based tennis players recently had the opportunity to test themselves against other keen tennis children at the 2021 Schools Classic Tennis Academy Plate competition in Perth. The Central District zone playoffs finally happened in Beverley on 11th March after being washed out the week before. Ten school teams battled it out to earn a spot in the Perth final. St Mary's PS and Merredin College combined forces to send three teams to the zone play offs. Teams #2 and #3 both finished third in their respective pools but Team #1 finished top of Pool A and faced York DHS in the final. York DHS defeated St Mary's/Merredin College #1 in a count back. Both York DHS and St Mary's/Merredin College #1 were then invited to play in the state final in Perth on Fri 19th March. With a forecast of 38deg, matches had to begin at 7.40am to make sure it all finished before midday and the St Mary's/Merredin College #1 team (Archie Gethin, Charlie Growden, Bonnie Wahlsten and Ellie The full St Marys/Merredin College teams in Beverley Atkinson) had to play their first four matches without a break! Dunsborough PS and Geographe PS were the eventual winners and runners up of the day. St Mary's/Merredin College had to battle York DHS for 9th/10th position and York DHS again proved to be the stronger team in another count back. The Schools Classic was an amazing experience for all the tennis players concerned and a great way to represent their school. Archie, Charlie, Bonnie and Ellie in Perth.