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$2 Thursday 27th January 2022 Issue 2 CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA DAY IN MERREDIN By MERREDIN CRC Aer some very hot days recently, the weather turned out perfect for the Australia Day Breakfast at the Merredin CRC, which aracted a good crowd. The morning started very early for the volunteers from the Merredin Men’s Shed who were seng up the marquees, tables and chairs from 5.30am. It was pleasing to have a new Australia Day branded marquee, funded through Naonal Australia Day Council. By 7.30am everything was ready, volunteers at the BBQs cooking the sausages, bacon and tomatoes, while other volunteers inside cooking eggs, hash browns and toast and breakfast served just aer 8am. Romolo Patroni, CRC Chairperson introduced Ambrose McGrath to perform the Welcome to Country, who received great support from the crowd. Romolo spoke about Australia Day and coming together to Reect – on our history, Respect – the stories of others and Celebrate – our naon, its achievements and most of all, its people and thanked the sponsors Collgar Wind Farm, Shire of Merredin and Naonal Australia Day Council and the support from the Men’s Shed, the volunteers and the sta of the CRC who help put on this event. As a way of people reecng, respecng and celebrang, through funding from the Naonal Australia Day Council, two tours were oered, at no cost, for people to experience Mick Hayden’s Njaki Njaki tour and Marn Morris’ Merredin tour, along with the opportunity for people to visit the Railway Museum and Military Museum, with no entry fee, from 11am – 4pm and it was pleasing to see people take these opportunies. A big thank you to Go West for providing their bus for the Merredin tour. At 9am Chris Thompson from Merredin Police raised the Australian Flag and A Choired Taste lead everyone in singing the Naonal Anthem and followed on with a fantasc rendion of True Blue. The Shire of Merredin Cizenship Awards was followed by seven new Australian Cizenship ceremonies. All aendees at the Australia Day Breakfast received a ‘Gi Bag’ with Australia Day goodies and products from two local home businesses – Merre Granola and Mizzi’s Salt. Overall, the morning went extremely well which was expressed in the many feedback forms received. This event could not happen without the fantasc support of Men’s Shed, Landmark, Elders and the wonderful volunteers, thank you.

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2 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 3 Produced and printed fortnightly by Merredin Community Resource Centre 110 Barrack Street, Merredin Ph: 9041 1041 Fax: 9041 1042 Deadlines Arcles, Adversements (including Classieds) 5pm Monday before publicaon date Content/producon Kirsty Rochford administraon@merredincrc.com Content/producon Debbie Morris merredin@crc.net.au Adversing administraon4@merredincrc.com Upcoming Edions 10th February 2022 24th February 2022 www.phoenixnews.com.au The Phoenix Prices Prime Adversing Front $150 Back Full page $200 Ears $30 Front inside full $180 Back inside full $180 Colour Quarter $40 Half $80 Full $160 Black & White Quarter $30 Half $60 Full $120 Classies (b/w) Non business for sale free General lineage 50c per word Display per cm Public Noce $10 Employment $5 Trades 12 edions (each) $15 6 edions (each) $20 3 edions (each) $25 Artwork Fee $30 Book 12 consecuve edions or more to receive 5% o CONTENTS COVID 19 Stascs ................... 6 Court Report ......................7 & 8 My Thoughts ............................ 8 Tales from the Rails .................. 9 Tales from the Train ................. 9 Library Musings ...................... 10 Collgar Community Calendar... 11 Trades .................................... 13 From the History Room ........... 15 Astronomy ............................. 16 Horoscopes ............................ 21 Classieds ...................... 21 & 22 The Phoenix Available at the following outlets: BP Travel Stop Café 56 Cung Room Dimensions Go MAD IGA Inspire Merredin Bakery Merredin CRC Merredin Flowers Merredin Harvest Merredin Swimming Pool Nextra Puma Roadhouse Two Dogs Home Hardware Wild Poppy Café Thankyou to these businesses for their support for The Phoenix and Merredin Community Resource Centre ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Email administraon4@merredincrc.com 12 or 24 edions

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4 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA DAY IN MERREDIN 9am—2pm 24 January— 18 February Monday—Friday

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 5 By KOHDEE SWINWOOD, Shire of Merredin On the morning of Wednesday, 26 January 2022, the community gathered at the Merredin Community Resource Centre (CRC) for the Australia Day Breakfast, where the Shire awarded the 2022 Auspire Community Cizen of the Year awards and celebrated Merredin's new Australian cizens. Shire President Mark McKenzie was called to the stage at 9.30am for the Auspire Awards presentaon. He begun by thanking the Merredin CRC sta and volunteers for organising the event, and then spoke about the importance of Australia Day. “It is an opportunity for all Australians to come together as a naon to reect, respect and celebrate. Reect on our history and its highs and lows, respect the stories of others, and celebrate our naon, its achievements and most of all, its people,” he said. Councillor McKenzie then read out the nominaons for the following categories; Cizen of the Year; Chesney Maloney, Kristy Sharp, and Tyler Winter Senior Cizen of the Year; Jane Patroni and Margaret Dalton Young Cizen of the Year; Alan Price and Maddie Earle-Sadler Acve Cizenship; Merredin Youth Commiee and Pecoat Lane Op Shop. The Shire of Merredin would like to congratulate the following award winners; Tyler Winter - Tyler is an exemplary member of the Merredin community who is consistently giving his me to many iniaves since arriving in Merredin. He has been heavily involved in the recommencement of the Merredin Blue Light Unit and in addion to the hours he commits through his work, he has also commied a large CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA DAY IN MERREDIN number of volunteer hours. Tyler has been imperave in the formulaon of the Merredin Youth Commiee and is involved in both the St John volunteer ambulance and Merredin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service. Through his involvement in these services, Tyler is constantly involved in the wider community, and it is fantasc that we are able to recognise him today. Jane Patroni - Jane is a commied St John Ambulance volunteer and Chairperson of the Merredin Railway Museum. She is proacve in hosng events to encourage volunteers and involve ex railway workers. Jane promotes the museum through various outlets, has a stand at RailFest in Bassendean and has assisted with a number of Shire iniaves including organising Canapes with the Conductor for the inaugural Gateway Merredin fesval. Her community involvement also extends to the Catholic Church Parish and the Merredin CRC Commiee. Jane demonstrates acve Cizenship by not only being involved in the community herself, but also by being inclusive and encouraging others to be engaged in community projects. Maddie Earle-Sadler - Maddie is Merredin’s local youth worker, and she has a posive impact on Merredin's youth daily. Since starng in the role in April last year, Maddie has already achieved an incredible amount and has built the Youth Centre up to be an inving and posive place for our youth to aend. She has organised many acvies and programs, giving young people opportunies to build skills, self-worth and develop friendships. Maddie is also a member of the Community Suicide Prevenon Group, is a part of the Merredin Blue Light Ball commiee and connually volunteers her me for Eastern Districts Hockey Associaon with umpiring and event coordinaon. Maddie is an asset to have in our town and her community mindedness is having a visible impact on the life of Merredin cizens. Pecoat Lane Op Shop - Pecoat Lane is a not-for-prot community kitchen and op-shop run by a small group of volunteers. Pecoat Lane volunteers provide emergency packs for the homeless, knit beanies for premature babies and on Wednesday nights run a community kitchen to cook and give out free meals to the vulnerable. At mes they have provided over 80 hot and nutrious meals to people in need in the Merredin area. There are many people in Merredin in need of a decent meal, connecon with others and care. The volunteers of the Pecoat Lane Community Kitchen provide this on a weekly basis through their free meals program. A cizenship ceremony then followed on from the awards presentaon, with Merredin welcoming seven new cizens who made the pledge in front of their closest friends and family. Later in the day at 12.00pm, the Merredin District Pool opened its doors to the public for the annual Australia Day Pool Party. Shire sta Lindon and Daniel were on BBQ duty, with more than 200 people coming along throughout the day for the free sausage sizzle and fun acvies. Both kids and adults tested out the inatable obstacle course provided by the VFRS, and many enjoyed a dip in the cool water under the hot sun. Shire President Mark McKenzie, Maddie Earle-Sadler, Jane Patroni, Lee Wall, Sybil Miles, Tyler Winter and CEO Lisa Clack

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6 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 COVID-19 WA Stascs As at 26 January 2022 Tested 2,222,201 Confirmed Cases 1,418 Recovered 1,294 Deaths 9 Active cases in WA 115 COVID-19 in Australia Vaccinations: 1 Dose 21,414,046 (83.4%) Fully Vaccinated 20,123,268 (78.3%) Booster 6,793,237 (26.4%) WA—Cases 1,418—Deaths 9 ACT—Cases 31,941 —Deaths 25 NSW—Cases 994K—Deaths 1,139 NT—Cases 9,702—Deaths 2 QLD—Cases 345K—Deaths 129 SA—Cases 103K—Deaths 74 TAS—Cases 25,884—Deaths 16 VIC—Cases 776K—Deaths 1,836 COVID-19 coronavirus Need Help setting up Service WA app? Contact Merredin CRC on 90411041 or email administration4@merredincrc.com and make an appointment

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 7 22nd December 2022 Merredin Courthouse Marc McDermo was convicted on a charge of reckless driving in a conscaon zone. He also appeared on charges of unlawful assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravaon, impeded another person’s normal breathing or blood circulaon by applying pressure to neck, and carried a prohibited weapon. He was remanded to appear on the 24th January 2022. Debra Cook was convicted on a charge of common assault. She was ned $800 and ordered to pay cost of $130.50. Patrick Shields appeared on charges of refusing a preliminary breath test, and possessed a controlled weapon. The maer was adjourned to appear in Perth on the 27th January 2022. 7th January 2022 Northam Courthouse Wayne Green appeared on a charge of breach of protecve bail condions and three charges of common assault in circumstances of aggravaon or racial aggravaon. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 4th April 2022. 10th January 2022 Kalgoorlie Courthouse Logan Olney-Kemp appeared on a charge of no authority to drive (disqualied from holding or obtaining). He was remanded to appear in Kalgoorlie on the 7th February 2022. 11th January 2022 Perth Central Law Courts Court Report Melville Verhoeven appeared on charges of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood, with intent to do grievous bodily harm unlawfully wounds another, two charges of disorderly behaviour in public and two charges of being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear and possession of a prohibited plant. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 25th January 2022. 13th January 2022 Kalgoorlie Courthouse Rommel McGrath – An outstanding arrest warrant exists. 17th January 2022 Bunbury Courthouse Sean Munns appeared on charges of burglary and commit, and stealing. He was remanded to appear in Bunbury on the 7th February 2022. Northam Courthouse Kerry Kordell Smith appeared on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm. He was remanded to appear in Northam on the 28th March 2022. Perth Central Law Courts Kyle Brown appeared on charges of no authority to drive (disqualied from holding or obtaining), and reckless driving. He was remanded to appear in Perth on the 31st January 2022. 18th January 2022 Merredin Courthouse Marcus Beddow was convicted on a charge of disorderly behaviour in public. He was ned $700 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Sco Blake was convicted on a charge of no authority to drive – suspended (other than nes suspension). The maer was adjourned to appear in Midland on the 8th February 2022. Peter Brown appeared on a charge of stealing as a servant and three charges of gains benet by fraud. He was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 9th February 2022. Owen Butler was convicted on a charge of exceed 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, was ned $750 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Shane Cahir was convicted on charges of possessing a prohibited drug (cannabis) and possession of drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant. He was ned $400 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Troy Fitzgerald appeared on charges of without lawful excuse trespassed on a place, possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant, and made a statement/gave informaon which was known to be false which indicated a threat. He was convicted on charges of damaging property by gra, unlawfully possessing a controlled or prescripon drug, and stealing. The maers were adjourned to appear in Merredin on the 9th February 2022. Bre Griths was convicted on a charge of Bac equal/exceeding .06 less than .07. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, was ned $1250 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. Shauna Hansen appeared on two charges of breached a family violence restraining order. She was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 9th February 2022. Josephine Hayden appeared on charges of disorderly behaviour in public, assaulng a public ocer, criminal damage or destrucon of property. She was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 10th March 2022. Rhylee Holmes was convicted on three charges of gains benet by fraud. The maer was adjourned to appear in Merredin on the 10th March 2022. Hunter-Marley Hume was convicted on a charge of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, was ned $1250, ordered to pay costs of $259.30 and to pay an analyst fee of $200. Sheaylee Jeanes appeared on charges of breach of bail undertaking, reckless driving, assault occasioning bodily harm and two charges of no authority to drive (never held). She was remanded to appear in Collie on the 19th January 2022. Melissa Lawrence appeared on charges of obstrucng public ocers, being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear and two charges of assault public ocer. She was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 9th February 2022. Rommel McGrath was convicted on a charge of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood. He was ned $600, ordered to pay costs of $259.30 and to pay an analyst fee of $200.

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8 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 My Thoughts 2022 AND WHAT IT BRINGS Richard Miller appeared on charges of unlicensed person possess rearm/ammunion, inadequate storage facility for rearms, possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant, and possessed a prohibited drug. The maer was adjourned to appear in Merredin on the 10th March 2022. Jake More was convicted on a charge of driving with prescribed illicit drug in oral uid or blood. He had his licence suspended for 6 months, ned $1250, ordered to pay costs of $259.30 and to pay an analyst fee of $200. Sco Paton appeared on a charge of no authority to drive – suspended (other than nes suspension). He was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 9th February 2022. Brodie Pope was convicted on a charge of being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear. He received a 6 month community based order. Withoon Seerathong was convicted on a charge of unlawfully possessing a controlled or prescripon drug. He was ned $800 and ordered to pay costs of $259.30. He failed to appear on a charge of possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property and an arrest warrant was issued. Leslie Whi appeared on a charge of did drive (or aempt to drive) a motor vehicle on a public road with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.05g. The maer was adjourned to appear in Esperance on the 15th February 2022. Paul Wiggan appeared on a charge of obstrucng public ocers and two charges of assault public ocer. He was remanded to appear in Merredin on the 9th February 2022. Tyler Worsfold was convicted on charges of no authority to drive – suspended (other that nes suspension), and used an unlicensed vehicle on a road. He had his licence suspended for 9 months, ned $420, ordered to pay costs of $259.30 and was ordered to pay a half annual licence fee of $212.05. 19th January 2022 Collie Courthouse Leigh Ferris appeared on a charge of breached family violence restraining order. He was remanded to appear in Collie on the 16th February 2022. 20th January 2022 Bunbury Courthouse Jimayne Williams appeared on a charge of unlawful assault and thereby did bodily harm with circumstances of aggravaon. He was remanded to appear in Bunbury on the 8th July 2022. Kevin Tengvall Don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide! Download the free SunSmart App Download the SunSmart app to check the UV where you are right now. Court Report Well what a start to the New Year, I tore a calf muscle New Year’s Eve which caused all sorts of problems and I was damned if I was going to the ED on New year’s day, so for the next few days the wife and I were at logger heads about going to hospital to get it checked out. I thought I was winning as I struggled around trying to get jobs done. Lile did I realise the cleverness (sneakiness) of the wife, as daughter suddenly appears and started demanding what the hell I thought I was doing, moaning and groaning around the property like some demented Martyr. So I ended up in hospital for a couple of days, then two weeks bed rest, drove me sr crazy. But what was worse was being subjected on all social media including TV, the never ending saga of Novac Djerkovic, my goodness what a mess. I was pleased he ended up being deported, if for no other reason that he lied on his visa applicaon. If that had been anyone else they would be on the rst plane outer here without anyone knowing or caring. What I found really oensive was the comments made by his parents accusing Australia of torture, crucixion, and comparing their son to Jesus as he (Nova) is the saviour of all tennis players. Seriously, Dad Djerkovic needs to grow up and get a life preferably without social media, so we don’t have to listen/read his posturing and mindless ranngs. So the tennis goes on with some great players, Ash Barty for one, now there’s a player who connuously shows so much class, not just how well she is playing, but how she conducts herself on and o the courts. I take my hat o to you Ash Barty, you really are a great ambassador for your country, a pity others don’t follow your example. And then through all of this we have COVID-19 and not just COVID but the Omicron variety which is causing huge problems over East, and now it seems to be ramping up here in the West, and Mark McGowan is once again vilied for his stance on keeping the borders closed a bit longer. Right or wrong I have to say I am glad I live in Australia, even happier to live in WA, and very grateful to live in Merredin where we have hardly been aected by COVID. It is coming, so let us take all precauons and keep each other safe. I have a friend who’s an an vaxer and he daily sends me stu telling me why I am so wrong in my stand. He says he cares, that’s nice, just stop beang me over the head with your beliefs because they’re not the same as mine. All of these issues I have spoken about could be so much less stressful, if we as human beings were just a lile kinder in word, thought and deed. Now there’s a thought eh? Unl next me.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 9 TALES FROM THE RAILS RAIL WA 150 – 2021 Celebrang 150th Anniversary of Railways in Western Australia A modern take on travelling by train Tales from the Train By LADY RANTHAM Hungover and Might Possibly Vomit (HAMPV) Today we are enjoying the tangy taste of trepidaon with the "Hungover and Might Possibly Vomit". Blonde lady in her late 30s who has forgoen what a bad idea it is to open that third bole on a school night. She is leaning forward on the seat in front of her with her forehead on her arms, like she's in a 747 praccing the brace posion. Bright young thing has just sat next to her, oblivious to the danger that HAMPV may well ll her own handbag with last night's bolognaise. Ah. Life on the edge! Three seconds away. It is an accepted sociological observaon that society is only three meals away from anarchy. Trac is only three seconds away from toong and commuters are only three minutes away from panic. The train preceding mine was dealing with a medical emergency and so we stopped mid-track to wait. We had a glorious view overlooking the Swan River on a ne spring day and the air con was blasng, but the twitching started as the brakes engaged. When we came to a full stop, the mum in front of me started gyrang around like an owl on a turntable and the ush of menopausers got out fans and started to look panicked. Every mobile phone that wasn't already out suddenly sprouted from pockets and overly capacious bags and the local mobile tower experienced a spike in demand. At each announcement from the driver, eyes were rolled, the tchtch Brigade started praccing for the All-Australian Passive Aggressive Finals. The young owner of a Thomas the Tank Engine backpack decided it was a super me to redistribute both his wealth of chewed toys and bodily uids among the populace and from her wearied and well pracced distribuon of wet wipes, I'm assuming his mum was used to the phenomenon. We were only stopped for a few minutes, but the GroupThink demonstraon was textbook! By JANE PATRONI, Chairperson Happy New Year from all of us at the Merredin Railway Museum! We hope this nds our friends and supporters t, well and ready to launch in 2022. Backing on from the success of 2021 and the celebraons we enjoyed in Merredin, we expect this year to be busy as we prepare to celebrate 130 years of rail next year in 2023… stay tuned!! As we are sll in the midst of COVID 19 restricons, there will be some Government mandated entry requirements and Codes of Conduct that will aect everyone vising the Museum. Visitors (and volunteers) will be required to: 1. Scan their ServiceWA phone app on entry or manually Sign In; 2. Provide proof of vaccinaon when asked; and 3. Use the hand saniser provided. As stated, these rules are Government mandated, and if we are not compliant, our Merredin Rail Museum will be forced to close the doors. During this me we will be working closely with the Shire and taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors alike. I urge our visitors to please obey these mandates and connue to be respecul to our hard working volunteers who do a great job in keeping the doors open. We want everyone to enjoy their Museum experience and do not need the stress of being confronted by angry patrons. I thank everybody in advance for their support and understanding in these mes of uncertainty. On a brighter note, this year we aim to connue to prole the Museum for our visitors as detailed in the Interpretaon and Design Concept Plan by erecng our new signage on both the north and south sides of the perimeter fences. With the proposed CBD improvement plans to commence this year, the area on the north side of the Museum will enjoy a faceli. We welcome your stories and anecdotes. Keep them coming – feedback suggests they are an interesng read. New to Merredin? Interested in doing some volunteering work? We would love to welcome you to our Team. It’s not very dicult and a great way to meet new friends and learn about Merredin’s unique rail history. Feel free to call in, say “Hello” and have a cuppa.

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10 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 Library Musings By WENDY PORTER, Merredin Librarian Well, it’s almost me for school again. Doesn’t me y? 2022 seems to be gearing up to a year of changes, and it has only just begun. The Merredin Library has received some new stock since December. Here is a taste. ‘Sorry and beyond: Healing the stolen generaon’ by Brian Butler and John Bond tells the story of Brian Butler’s grandmother who was part of the Stolen Generaon. This book describes the growth of the movement that exposed the truth about Australia’s removal policies and worked for healing and jusce. The book speaks of what has been done and what needs to be done to connue the work of healing. The library has a new Peter Fitzsimmons book. ’The incredible life of Hubert Wilkins’ tells the story of Australia’s greatest explorer. Born in outback South Australia, George Wilkins sailed to England and a job in the new medium of moon pictures. He was a World War I photographer, a spy in the Soviet Union and an Jusce of the Peace (JP) available at Merredin CRC A JP is a volunteer who is appointed by the Governor who authorises them to carry out a wide range of ocial administrave tasks in the community including witnessing adavits, statutory declaraons and cerfying documents. Merredin CRC is fortunate to have local JP, Diane O’Dowd, available to carry out JP dues whilst volunteering in the Centrelink Agency between 9.00am – 1pm most days. Call 90411 041 to check availability. explorer and chronicler of the planet and its life forms. He explored both poles and accompanied Ernest Shackleton on his nal expedion. Have you ever wanted to try painng? ‘Wilderness watercolor landscapes’ by Kolbie Blume is a beginner’s guide to painng picturesque mountains, lakes, sunrises and more. Each project has step-by-step instrucons, featuring all the key elements of wilderness painng. Each project leads up to a nal project that combines all the elements learned. Learn how to paint a glassy milky way, or an aurora glacier lagoon. Remember all members of the Merredin Library have 24/7 access to a range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eGraphic Novels and more. Just ask sta for details. Check out our catalogue at library.merredin.wa.gov.au to see what’s on oer. You can even renew your items there. If you don’t have me to come in and select books, give us a call and we will select them for you – we are calling this ‘Call and Collect.’ See you soon. AUSTRALIA DAY CANCELLED IN CUNDERDIN By SHIRE OF CUNDERDIN The Shire of Cunderdin was made aware that a community member from Cunderdin had tested posive for COVID 19 very closely to the event being held. The close contacts of that person were idened and were noed by WA Health to isolate and get tested. In the best interest of the health and safety of the community the Shire made the very dicult decision to cancel the Australia Day Breakfast and the Australia Day Pool party which was planned at the Cunderdin Memorial Pool. The pool was open on Australia Day however all food vans, BBQ and acvies didn’t occur. The decision was not made lightly and had been reached aer consultaon with Health and Emergency Services. It is believed the risk was minimal however, the Shire felt an increased responsibility to the community and didn’t wish to put anyone at risk. The ming of this was extremely unfortunate but not unexpected given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant throughout the Eastern States. These events will not be forgoen and an occasion to recognise the Australia Day Award winners and an event at the pool will be held at a later date. In accordance with WA Health’s COVID precauons we will connue to promote the following safety measures: • Wear a mask • Use hand saniser • Use the safeWA app • Check the list of exposure sites If you have any symptoms, please call your local public hospital or health service and get a test or if you have been contacted by WA health please aend for a tesng. The Shire wishes anyone who is involved in this the best health outcomes.

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14 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 WA’s SUCCESSFUL ECONOMY CONTINUES TO DRIVE DOWN UNEMPLOYMENT Western Australia's strong economy connues to see the unemployment rate decline, with new data from the Australian Bureau of Stascs today showing the unemployment rate is at its lowest in WA in 13 years. The ABS Labour Force report for December showed WA's unemployment rate fell to 3.4 per cent down from 3.8 per cent in November. This is the lowest unemployment rate of the States, well below the naonal rate of 4.2 per cent and the lowest in WA since December 2008. In 2021, an addional 67,314 Western Australians gained employment, the largest calendar year gain on record. This included an addional 55,328 full-me jobs. Full me employment reached a record 977,197 people by the end of 2021, with a further 6,499 people gaining full-me employment in December. Full-me employment for women grew by 32,728 in 2021, while the female unemployment rate fell to 3.2 percent.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 15 From the History Room By ANITA METCALF RECIPES OF YESTERYEAR From the history room at the Merredin Library, this recipe is from the C.W.A. Sponge Sandwich Compeon which was open to all girls and was printed in the Merredin Mercury and Central Districts Index 1933. SPONGE SANDWICH 1 cup our, 1 cup sugar, 3 or 4 eggs (it will depend on size of egg), 1 tablespoon buer, 2 tablespoons boiling water, 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder, pinch salt, no lling. Beat sugar and eggs ll thick and creamy, about 20 minutes, then add our, baking powder and lastly the buer melted in the boiling water. Put in sandwich n and back about 20 minutes. MIZZI’S DESERT SALT Mizzi’s Desert Salt is made in the ‘mini desert’ area of Doodlakine. Mizzi’s was founded in 2019 by John Michael Mizzi with his dream to create gourmet salt. Some of his ancestors from the island of Gozo in Malta have been arsanal salt makers for generaons, so he believes salt is in his blood. The salt farm is in a paleochannel which is around 18 million years old and sits on one of the oldest pieces of land in the world, called the Yilgarn Craton which is amazingly over 2.7 billion years old. The dierent clays and salt minerals from which they make their natural skincare products had eons of me to mature and purify, which is what they believe contributes to beauful skincare products. It’s important to Mizzi’s to remain fully organic. They use only solar pumps to pump the brine and they don’t use industrial machines which trample on the salt during the harvest and transport of salt, releasing diesel, oils, tyre contaminants and poisonous fumes. The salt akes are made from oang at salt crystals which are created from the mineral-rich brine and the harsh sun and dry climate. The amber salt is formed on red clay pans which allows some of the red clay to leach into the salt, giving it a mild earthy taste.

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16 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 Astronomy WTF 28th JANUARY—11th FEBRUARY 2022 there was growing concern from Westonia and Merredin residents about the future of the nurse praconer service and implored the State Government to work with the Commonwealth to retain this important role. “This role provided services to Westonia one-day per week and is the only weekly medical service for the community, with the Royal Flying Doctor Service vising every six weeks,” Mr Aldridge said. “Without access to a regular nurse praconer, Westonia residents will have to undertake a 100-kilometre round trip to Merredin for health services. “This risks placing increased pressure on the hospital’s emergency department and the local medical centre at what is already a dicult me for our health services. “Given there was already someone employed in this role, it’s a signicant missed opportunity that the State and Federal Government have allowed this contract to expire without a plan in place to ensure service connuity for Wheatbelt residents.” Mr Aldridge said he has not received a response from the Minister for Health. Opposion Leader and Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies said community concern was heightened in the wake of Omicron entering the regions. “With conrmaon of a COVID-19 exposure site in Merredin, and the rst community case recorded in regional WA this week, I am concerned about the increased pressure on local health services,” Ms Davies said. Merredin District Hospital will face increased pressure following the expiry of funding for a local nurse praconer, and more recently, conrmaon of a COVID-19 exposure site in the community. Shadow Minister for Regional Health Marn Aldridge MLC wrote to the Health Minister in December requesng urgent assistance to retain a nurse praconer in the eastern Wheatbelt aer learning funding for the role would expire on 31 December 2021. “With COVID-19 already in our community, low regional vaccinaon uptake, and the immense diculty of recruing healthcare workers to regional WA, now is not the me to reduce services in the Wheatbelt,” Mr Aldridge said. In his leer, Mr Aldridge said “This could have been migated if the Labor Government had acted swily to retain exisng supports, but instead they chose to turn a blind eye to regional WA as they have done in the past.” Ms Davies urged anyone who developed symptoms to follow the health guidance, get tested and isolate unl they receive a result. “An outbreak of COVID-19 in regional WA would be catastrophic given the lack of resources, equipment, and ICU beds outside of Perth,” Ms Davies said. “The State Government is sing on an almost $6 billion budget surplus and despite having had two years to prepare, they have taken no acon to ensure regional health services are up to the task.” PRESSURE ON WHEATBELT HEALTH AMID COVID EXPOSURE AND CONTRACT EXPIRY

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 17 By THE TEAM, Wheatbelt Men’s Health (Inc) We’re oen told, if unwell, get to the doctor and they will deal with our health and wellbeing issue. The doctor will oen give a diagnosis, treatment opons and other assistance through referrals and follow up. But it is us as individuals that must make decisions and take acon which ulmately drives the outcome. Based on some American research it is important to remember that one of the biggest determinants on our health (70%) are the decisions we make regarding wellbeing and lifestyle choices. It goes on to say that the remaining factors can vary between: Genecs: It’s important to know family history and our vulnerability to certain illness/disease. Environment: What we are exposed to (trauma, poverty, stressors). Living and working in regional WA can be tough dealing with such things as isolaon, extreme climates and working with machinery. The health system: Tyranny of distance and a lack of male friendly services exacerbates this. MY HEALTH AND WELLBEING—WHO’S RESPONSIBLE Undoubtedly the major impact is lifestyle choices! Reinforcing our takeaway message… my health and wellbeing is my responsibility… We say our overall health and wellbeing is made up of physical, mental and social/spiritual aspects and to maintain all three, we as individuals need to be the driver. Whether dealing with situaonal distress, physical health problems, a diagnosed mental illness or an issue impacng our social/spiritual wellbeing (challenges around identy, meaning and purpose or our sense of belonging), the doctor will provide the framework to follow but decisions and changes ulmately need to be made by us. Making informed decisions are a part of life, whether it’s to do with family, work and social acvies, why then should our health and wellbeing be any dierent? Blokes in general are acon orientated but making decisions and acng on things that can negavely impact our wellbeing can be put o. The warrior atude is an admirable aribute especially when dealing with sporng, business or seasonal adversity. However, this same atude can lead to negligence and not pung ourselves rst. We have all seen the numerous health campaigns “A simple test could save your life”, “don’t delay” or “know your score”, but we also constantly hear similar comments from blokes when discussing health and wellbeing issues: • It won’t happen to me / she’ll be right. • We know the issues, but we don’t want to show ourselves as the only one with a problem. • I will just see how it goes (the back pain I’ve had for 6 months). The buck stops with us blokes to be the decision maker on health and wellbeing issues, it’s not the doctor’s, wife’s or employers’ responsibility, but ours! Remember the three C’s of life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance, or your life will never change. Diet, exercise and sleep are three areas you can start making some simple changes to help improve your health and wellbeing outcomes and remember a roune service visit could reduce the risk of some expensive repairs down the track. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your individual risk factors, don’t wait ll it becomes a chronic health problem.

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18 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 DON’T GET SCAMMED BUYING RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS By BOUYDEN McKENZIE, Senior Regional Ocer, CONSUMER PROTECTION Now that COVID-19 rapid angen tests (RAT) are cleared for sale in Western Australia, many consumers will be looking to get their hands on the popular product before we open our borders to the rest of the country. When demand for a product outstrips supply, this can create an opportunity for scammers and some individuals to take advantage, so we are urging shoppers to be wary and to familiarise themselves with new rules now in place for RAT kits. Price mark-up concerns have been addressed, with limits imposed by the Commonwealth Government that stop individuals from on-selling RATs at more than 120 per cent of the price they paid for them. Individuals must also not export a RAT from Australia, unless a valid excepon applies. Closer to home, we are urging shoppers to watch-out for dodgy sellers of RAT kits given we know opportunisc scammers have set up fake websites or are selling unapproved self-tesng kits that don’t work. Overseas experience suggests that desperate consumers experiencing supply shortages are buying home tesng kits from unknown websites and, if they do receive anything, it is oen a kit that does not provide accurate results. This may then increase the risk of people unknowingly spreading the virus or not geng the appropriate treatment. Aside from the risk of losing money, consumers purchasing these dodgy kits online may be the target of identy the by providing personal and nancial informaon to criminals. We urge consumers to only buy RAT kits that are approved by the Therapeuc Goods Administraon (TGA) – a list for which can be found on the TGA website – and purchase them from reliable suppliers. Checks can also be made on the supplier by doing an ABN Lookup and searching the internet for any negave reviews or comments about the business. To avoid being scammed, we recommend paying with a credit card or via PayPal, so there’s an opportunity for a charge back if the product doesn’t arrive. WA consumers with concerns about any seller of tesng kits can lodge a complaint on the Consumer Protecon website, email consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au or call 1300 30 40 54.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 19 GARDENING AS WE HEAD INTO FEBRUARY As we head into one of the hoest months of the year, gardening in WA can be a challenge if ill-prepared. Waterwise jobs like mulching and use of weng agents are a priority to make the most of every drop of water you apply and insulate vital topsoil from our scorching heat. PLANTING Flowers & Ornaments Use a top of the line pong mix on your owering rose. Roses that t the Valenne's descripon include: Mister Lincoln, Papa Meiland, Red Cross, Fragrant Cloud, Scenmental (white and red striped) Double Delight (cream and crimson) and David Ausn roses including William Shakespeare, Fisherman's Friend and Falsta. Spring owering bulbs arrive in garden centres this month. Buy early but plant late. Cold climate types can be stored in the vegetable crisper of the fridge. Tulips, hyacinth, crocus and frillaria all t this bill. Hold planng unl April or even May unl temperatures are mild. It is ok to plant out freesias, soldier boys and babiana or baboon ower into pots as these all come from South Africa where the heat is factored into their DNA. If growing in pots or tubs, choose a premium pong mix. If you are planng in the garden then amend the soil with generous quanes of Clay & Compost(for sandy soils) or Soil Improver Plus. This me of year reminds us how important good soil preparaon is for water holding capacity. Make sure new plants are well looked aer by rst amending sandy soils with Clay & Compost. Pot Plants Repot permanent poed plants such as citrus and olive trees. Remember that pong mixes no maer how good, run out of steam within two years. Replace some of the mix with fresh Premium Pong Mix or Veg & Herb Premium Planng Mix even if it means excavang a poron of the pot's contents. Plant some summer colour, if only in a few pots its gives you such a li. Petunias and vincas are two great summer performers. Vegetables & Herbs Buy seed potatoes cut these into chunks with at least one Western Australia's new Safe Return to School Plan will see almost 477,000 students safely welcomed back to classrooms at public and non-government schools next week, as planned, for the start of Term 1. As part of the Department of Educaon's robust planning for the commencement of Term 1 2022, all 900 public educaon facilies in WA have been inspected to check the venlaon of every classroom. This has informed the development of a venlaon strategy for classrooms in all public schools. WA's Safe Return to School Plan includes the following measures for public schools: • Venlaon strategy - 12,000 air puriers ed with high-eciency parculate air (HEPA) lters are being provided to schools State-wide, where required; • CO2 monitors - 1,500 monitors WA SCHOOLS TO SAFELY OPEN FOR TERM 1 'eye' per piece. Leave these to sprout in a cool dark dry place before planng. Now is the me to sow seeds of cabbage, leuce, silver beet, collards, celery, onion, leek, broccoli, cauliower and brussel sprouts. If growing in pots or tubs, choose a If you are planng in the garden then amend the soil with generous quanes of Clay & Compost (for sandy soils) or Soil Improver Plus. will be provided to schools state-wide to monitor classroom CO2 levels as required; • Enhanced cleaning services - increased frequency of cleaning of high-touch surfaces and equipment including doorhandles and desks in classrooms; • Mask wearing - in line with the mask mandate currently in place for Perth, Peel and the South-West, masks will be worn by school sta and secondary students; • Vaccinaons - sta and regular visitors must be double dose vaccinated, and receive a third dose within one month of becoming eligible, and students are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as possible; • Hand saniser and face masks have been made available to schools; • Physical distancing of sta and other adults, where possible; • Learning conngency plans are in place for remote learning, if required, including hardcopy learning packages, access to online learning resources; and • Arrangements to temporarily replace teachers and other school sta who are required to isolate due to COVID-19. Currently masks are required for students in Year 7 and above in Perth, Peel and the South-West, however based on advice from the Chief Health Ocer, once a high caseload environment is reached, masks will become mandatory for students in Year 3 and above. A key strategy to keeping our students and sta safe is the mandatory vaccinaon requirements. Educaon sta must be double dose vaccinated before the start of Term 1 (by January 31) and have had a third dose vaccinaon within a month of becoming eligible. Regular visitors to school sites are required to be vaccinated. Parents do not need to be vaccinated to drop o or pick up their children at school, aend assemblies and sports carnivals or have a parent-teacher interview. Schools and educaon systems have conngency plans in place to minimise disrupon to student learning, including hardcopy learning packages, access to online learning resources and arrangements to temporarily replace teachers and other school sta who are required to isolate due to COVID-19. Signicant work has been undertaken to deliver a teacher in front of every classroom as the school year progresses, including using a ying squad of teachers, having a signicant pool of more than 5,000 fully vaccinated casual teachers, outreach to rered teachers and having vaccinated support sta on standby.

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20 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 CBH GROUP RECORDS STRONG RESULTS WITH $133.8 MILLION SURPLUS By CBH The CBH has released its 2021 Annual Report which outlines the Group’s nancial and operaonal performance for the year ending 30 September 2021. CBH has reported a strong surplus of $133.8 million driven by strong global demand for grain and an above average 2020/21 harvest. CBH Acng Chief Execuve Ocer Ben Macnamara said the year did not come without challenges, and the fantasc result was testament to the partnership and resilience of Western Australian grain growers and the team at CBH. “We have pulled together to overcome supply chain challenges, managed the uncertainty of COVID-19, delivered a large network investment program and contended with ongoing global market volality to nd new markets for Western Australian grain,” said Mr Macnamara. “We experienced some supply chain issues throughout the year which highlighted the need to connue to invest heavily in our network and our people so we can adapt to external shocks. This strong nancial result leaves us well posioned to connue our elevated rate of capital investment into our network over the coming years.” A key highlight of the year was excellent performance from Markeng and Trading who capitalised on strong global demand for WA grain to deliver a surplus of $76.6 million despite facing ongoing market volality and local supply chain issues. “I cannot understate the strong result delivered by Markeng and Trading who have worked hard to replace the loss of the China barley market last year,” said Mr Macnamara. “The team used their extensive network and long-term customer relaonships to open brand-new markets, and access re-emerging markets, delivering great value to Western Australian growers. “The Markeng and Trading result was oset to some extent by the supply chain issues we experienced during the peak shipping period which led to delayed vessel loading mes. “Markeng and Trading have worked hard to rebuild their equity posion following the loss in 2019. With this year’s prot, Markeng and Trading have now reached their targeted level of equity, leaving them in a strong posion to nance future accumulaons and balance the risk of future market volality.” Operaons recorded a surplus of $43.7 million driven by the larger than expected 2020/21 harvest of 15.1 million tonnes combined with strong shipping demand. “Growing an above average harvest from below average rainfall is a testament to the innovave farming pracces of WA growers and a good so nish,” said Mr Macnamara. “A series of compounding events including natural disasters and labour shortages due to COVID-19 impacted Operaon’s ability to move grain to port eciently, resulng in delayed vessel loading mes through the year. “We implemented a range of short-term measures to resolve the issues, with vessel turnaround mes back within the targeted range prior to harvest starng. “Despite these challenges, we were able to meet strong shipping demand, exporng 13.4 million tonnes via 333 vessels during the year.” It was another big year for CBH’s ferliser business with tonnes sold growing 47 per cent from last year. “Ferliser has gone from strength to strength growing on average 30 per cent year-on-year since it launched," said Mr Macnamara. “This connued growth has enabled us to announce plans to expand our business through the development of a dedicated ferliser storage facility in Kwinana, which is an excing next step. “This expansion opens the door for more Western Australian growers to benet from access to secure supply and compeve pricing as we connue to grow our ferliser business.” This year CBH invested $254.2 million on improving its network, including compleng three site expansion projects, more than 180 sustaining capital projects, a large maintenance program and dedicang a signicant poron of work to prepare for a potenally record-breaking 2021/22 harvest. CBH’s grain processing investments beneed from stronger demand this year with Interour Group delivering a year-end prot, with CBH’s share $7.8 million, and Blue Lake Milling ended the year with a net prot aer tax of $6.2 million.

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THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 21 CLASSIFIEDS Posions Vacant Horoscopes ARIES 21 March—19 April Time to focus on what goals and ambions are important to you. Leave out emoonal aachments. TAURUS 20 April-26 May You’ve been faced with challenges, but team up with someone new, inspiring possibilies will open up. GEMINI 21 May-20 June Issues that threaten a relaonship can be solved if you join forces and work through problems together. CANCER 21 June-22July It’s not all about you! You need to accommodate the needs of those around you. LEO 23 July-22 August There are changes afoot at your work environment which may become rather demanding. VIRGO 23 August-22 September You may be facing an emoonal issue that mentally exhausts you. Get rid of the cause. LIBRA 23 September-22 October Join with someone who’s strong and determined, there will be nothing that you cannot achieve. SCORPIO 23 October-21 November It’s a good me to achieve what you want if you work closely with someone who knows you well. SAGITTARIUS 22 November-21 December A phase of opportunity for you relang to travel, working from home and freedom. CAPRICORN 22 December-19 January Relaonships are a focus for you now and will take up a lot of your me energy and aenon. AQUARIUS 20 January-18 February You need to put yourself rst and spend me focusing on your own goals and responsibilies. PISCES 19 February-20 March Social life is important for you now, a good me for friendships and partnerships.

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22 THE PHOENIX Thursday 27th January 2022 CLASSIFIEDS Posions Vacant Posions Vacant Public Noces Noce of Annual General Meeng for Merredin Netball Associaon. Monday 7th February 2022 at the Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre, 6pm start.

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