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COVID-19 WA
Statistics
As at 28th July 2020
Tested 243,279
Confirmed Cases 659
Recovered 647
Deaths 9
Active cases in WA 3
COVID-19 in Australia
New cases since 13 July
WA23 (total 658)—Deaths 9
ACT—0 (total 113)—Deaths 3
NSW— 193 (total 3685)
Deaths 49
NT0 (total 31)—Deaths 0
QLD—5 (total 1076)—Deaths 6
SA4 (total 447)—Deaths 4
TAS—1 (total 229)—Deaths 13
VIC—4,729 (total 8696)
Deaths 83
Bencubbin - Bruce Rock - Corrigin - Doodlakine - Kellerberrin - Merredin - Moorine Rock - Mukinbudin - Narembeen - Nungarin - Southern Cross - Tammin - Trayning - Westonia
Recovery @
Westonia
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Merredin DPIRD upgrade heralds
next generation of dryland
agricultural research
Upgraded agricultural research,
development and innovation
facilities in Merredin are set to boost
the long-term profitability and
sustainability of dryland farming in
the Wheatbelt.
DPIRD Director General Ralph Addis, Agriculture and Food Minister
Alannah MacTiernan, DPIRD Farming Systems Innovation Manager
Intelligence and Adoption Renee Manning, and DPIRD Research and
Industry Innovation Managing Director Mark Sweetingham
The McGowan Government has
invested $1.8 million to upgrade the
Department of Primary Industries
and Regional Development's
Merredin site, after it was damaged
by a severe storm two years ago, to
ensure it has the scientific capacity to
remain at the forefront of agricultural
research.
Agriculture and Food Minister
Alannah MacTiernan officially
opened the renovated facility today,
which has also had its roof and
ceilings replaced, offices refurbished
and landscaping refreshed.
"We have taken the time and
opportunity to not only repair but
substantially improve the scientific
resources at the Merredin facility so
it is equipped with the tools and
infrastructure required to support
advances in dryland research.
"The rebuild includes purpose-built
laboratories that feature a new soil
preparation and processing area, with
additional room for pathology work
and a new near infrared machine to
enable our grains scientists to
improve efficiencies and expand the
breadth of their work.
Four laboratories on the site have
been rebuilt to modern standards and
another two added to accommodate
research involving pathology, a
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2 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
REGULAR EVENTS
0-4 Amity Health Playgroup—call
Claire Smith or email
csmith@amityhealth.com.au
A Choired Taste Mondays 7pm—
9pm at 47 Coronation Street. Call
Emma Aitken 0487 351 167 or
Chloe Willcocks 0438 891 761.
All Saints Anglican Church
Contact Pauline 9044 1076 or Su
0427 412 709.
Bootscooting—Monday nights 7pm
at the Cummins Theatre. First night
free. Beginners to advanced. Call
Anjoeen on 9041 3005 or see Sue at
the Chemist or Lyn at the Post
Office.
Mens Shed—Thursdays 2pm—
5pm. Please call Peter McCrae on
0427 625 027 for more info.
Merredin Army Cadet Unit 510
Postponed until further notice. For
further information please contact
Officer in Charge 2
nd
Lieutenant
Karinda Smith Mob 0427 080 913
Merredin Camera Club—Email
Daina for more info at
dainasutherland@bigpond.com.
Merredin Church of Christ
Sundays 10am on Throssell Road.
Kids Club—K—Year 6 Fridays
during school term 3.15pm
5.00pm. Guys Only Youth Group
Year 6—Year 12. Every second
Friday during school term 3.30pm—
5.00pm. Ross 0439 964 466. Ross
can also be contacted for weekly
bible studies.
Merredin Community Garden
Group Incfor information please
contact the Chairperson, Gillian
Ovans 0427 701 655 or by email
merredincg@gmail.com.
Merredin Community Resource
Centre—Meeting 26th August at
5.30pm. 110 Barrack Street.
Merredin Fine Arts Society—New
members welcome. Enquiries to
Margaret 0429 623 081.
Merredin Museum & Historical
Society—Next meeting 5th August
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
What would the world be like without colour?
at 5pm.
Merredin Rifle Club—Call Steve
for more info on 0467 173 753.
Merredin United in Prayer—27th
August—Thursday 27th August
7pm. Seventh-day Adventist
Church, Kitchener Road.
Moorditj Mia Services—Cancelled
until further notice. Call 0427 412
709.
Peoples Baptist Church—
Kellerberrin 11am Sunday
Workshop. Ph 0435 284 796.
Playgroup—Contact Carissa Amm
on 0433 340 441.
Red Hat Lunch—Contact Julie
Townrow 0429 411 377 or email
julietownrow@westnet.com.au
Seniors Centrecall Jeannette
Fegan 0429 471 425 for information.
Seniors Centre Morning Tea
Suspended until further notice.
Seniors Craft Groupresuming
Wednesday 5th August at 10am.
Seniors Gentle Gym—Resumes 4th
August at 2pm at the Senior Centre.
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Has re-opened for worshipping.
Everyone welcome. Call 0429 770
331.
St Marys Catholic Church,
Merredin—Father Andrew Bowron,
Ph 9041 1118.
Story-time—Cancelled until further
notice.
Tales of the PastCancelled until
further notice.
Tribal Bellydance Beginners
classes Mondays 5pm. Call Kirsty
on 9041 1041. For all ages and
levels of physical fitness.
Uniting Church—Fifth Street, 9am
Sunday service. Call 0428 125 613.
Westonia Croquet Club—Call John
Corsini on 0429 467 170 or Keith
Heather’s Hearsay
with St Mary’s School
THE PHOENIX
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Bencubbin, Bruce Rock, Corrigin,
Doodlakine, Kellerberrin, Merredin,
Moorine Rock, Mukinbudin, Narembeen,
Nungarin, Southern Cross, Tammin,
Trayning & Westonia.
Jacob: It would be
dull and boring and
nobody would
have hair with any
colour.
Kirsty Rochford—Thumbs up
to good friends. How would
we survive without them?
Darrius: The
world would be
lifeless like a
black and white
photo. There
would be no
colour, no life,
no light and no
fun.
Marlene King—Thumbs down
to the dog owners who let their
dogs off their leash and allow
them to chase the ducks at Roy
Little Park.
Susan Clark—Thumbs up to
the Shire of Merredin for
being pro-active, down the
main street, asking the
community their thoughts on
how to improve our town.
Well done.
Jade Gardiner—Thumbs up to
the ducks that chase me for a
bit on the way too and from
work at Roy Little Park.
Thank you to the Shire of
Merredin for doing an
awesome job.
Jessica: It would
be dark and
boring and
people wouldnt
get to see any
beautiful colours.
Alexis: It
would be dull,
just how a dog
sees everything.
THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020 3
Meet Your Phoenix Distributor
What town are you from?
Merredin
What is your name?
Shaun & Jude Morton
What business are you from?
Nextra Merredin
How long have you been selling
The Phoenix?
Since day one (February 2016)
Tell us about your business
We own the local Nextra store.
What is Nextra? Your world in a
Alyssa Ghirardi, Shaun & Jude Morton & Jayde Irving
By JAMIE CRIDDLE
The recent COVID-19 pandemic
has placed an enormous strain on
the Local, State and National
economies and the Shire of
Westonia sees local businesses as
an important part of the COVID
recovery process.
As a result, the Council has
reprioritised some spending within
its current budget to assist in
stimulating our local economy in
order to protect our highly valued
local businesses in these unusual
and difficult times. Council are
providing all residents, who are
over the age of 18 and who are
already on the Electoral Roll for
Westonia, with five (5) $10
vouchers, redeemable at any of the
businesses within Westonia.
This program runs for a limited
time which started Monday 28 June
and finishing on Monday 14
September 2020.
In addition, the Shire of Westonia
has agreed with the Wheatbelt
Business Network (WBN) to fully
subsidise the next full year of WBN
membership for all existing
Westonia businesses who will
obtain all the benefits that the WBN
has to offer.
Shire President Karin Day recently
stated I am pleased to report that
the current Westonia Dollars
programme is tracking well. If you
are a Westonia resident or ratepayer
on the Electoral Roll, and have yet
to collect and spend your $50 of
vouchers - please do so soon - as
the last day you can spend the
money is strictly 14 September. I
wish to stress that this project is
primarily about putting the monies
into the affected businesses - and
the multiplier effectthat, in doing
so, it creates.
The Council has worked hard to
bring this project to fruition because
of their strong belief that assisting
in stimulating the local economy
will do a lot towards saving small
businesses in Westonia. The
initiative is funded by looking at the
Shires operations and using the
savings in expenditure, and
increasing revenue generated
throughout the year. This has given
Shire of Westonia—COVID-19
Recovery @ Westonia
Campaign
Council the opportunity to assist our
Westonia-based businesses at a time
of great need.
Our hope is that you will use local
businesses that you believe have
been most impacted by the current
COVID Pandemic. We want you to
spend your vouchers at the business
of your choice but spend it soon and
spend it now. Local businesses are
waiting, and they need your help
NOW!
Other measures as part of the
Shires COVID-19 Response and
Strategy include:
Zero percent (0%) rate increase,
essentially a freeze on the rate in
the dollar;
Zero percent (0%) increase in
Councils fees and charges,
(remain as per 2019/20);
2020/2021 Non-payment of rates
penalty interest not apply until
March 2021;
No Instalment administration fees
on all instalment options for
2020/2021;
Instalment interest be reduced to
5% on all instalment options for
2020/2021;
Upon request, a waiver of interest
on outstanding rates for those
businesses/individuals directly
affected by the Commonwealth/
State Governments decision to
close various businesses between
23 March and 31 July 2020;
Upon request, a waiver of interest
on outstanding rates for those
businesses/individuals directly
affected by the State Governments
decision to close Western
Australias borders, between 23
March and 31 July 2020;
Shopping local, not just during this
pandemic but consistently will
ensure the ongoing strength of our
local economy and will enable our
local businesses to grow.
If you have any questions about this
program, please call the Shire
Administration on 9046 7063 or
email your question to
shire@westonia.wa.gov.au.
controlled environment, soils
processing, and plant and grain
quality analysis.
The new additions complement
the department's existing
infrastructure at Merredin,
including 600 hectares for field
trials, two glasshouses, a sample
processing facility, as well as the
Managed Environment Facility
and the New Genes for New
Environments research assets.
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Merredin DPIRD
upgrade cont.
"Merredin has a proud history of
more than a century of agricultural
research. This investment heralds the
next generation of research on
climate adapted farming systems,
which includes the first substantive
field trials to evaluate the benefits of
regenerative agriculture.
"The renovation of the site has been
worth the wait and these new, high-
quality facilities will support the
continued growth and prosperity of
the region."
DPIRD research scienst Dr Rushna Munir, Darren West MLC, DPIRD Manager Crop
Science and Grain Producon Bob French and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah
MacTiernan
shop! Selling gifts, homewares,
Lotto, magazines, cards, stationery
and so much more, take a little
extra time to see whats new at
Nextra.
What do you like about your
town?
The sense of community
everyone looking out for others and
helping.
What do you like about The
Phoenix?
Lots of local content.
4 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
Court Report
14th July 2020
Perth Courthouse
Dion Jaxon appeared on charges of
unlawfully did grievous bodily harm
with a circumstance of aggravation.
He was remanded to appear in Perth
on the 25th August 2020.
17th July 2020
Joondalup Courthouse
Lewis Finnie was convicted of
reckless driving and damaging
property. He was fined $1200,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90, had
his licence suspended for 6 months
and ordered to pay compensation of
$511.28.
21st July 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Barbara Allen appeared on charges
of 3 counts of failing to comply with
requirements made by a member of
the police force and driving with a
prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or
blood. The matters were adjourned
to appear in Merredin on the 9th
September 2020.
Cassandra Boes appeared on charges
of possessing a controlled weapon
and possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis). The matters were
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 8th September 2020.
Amanda Bower appeared on charges
of 2 counts of assaulting a person
working in a hospital, she was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 8th September. She was also
found guilty of a breach of bail
undertaking and possessing a
prohibited drug (Cannabis), she was
fined $300 and ordered to pay costs
of $118.50.
Craig Brown was convicted of
failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police
force. He was fined $600, ordered to
pay costs of $225.90 and had his
licence suspended for 6 months.
Wayne Chatfield appeared on a
charge of failing to comply with
requirements made by a member of
the police force. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Kalgoorlie on
the 21st September 2020.
Eric Cosh appeared on a charge of
threatening to distribute an intimate
image. He was remanded to appear
in Merredin on the 22nd September
2020.
Lee Cowen plead guilty to driving
with a prescribed illicit drug in oral
fluid or blood. He was fined $650,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90, to
pay an analyst fee of $177 and had
his licence suspended for 6 months.
John Daddow appeared on charges of
damaging property, without lawful
excuse trespassing on a place and
unlawful assault and thereby did
bodily harm with circumstances of
aggravation. He was remanded to
appear in Merredin on the 8th
September 2020.
David Dhu appeared on a charge of
failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police
force. The matter was adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 4th
August 2020. He was found guilty of
possessing a prohibited drug
(Cannabis), was fined $300 and
ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Cameron Dickhart appeared on
charges of reckless driving-speeding
by 45 km/h or more on a length of
road to escape pursuit, having no
authority to drive—suspended (other
than fines suspension), being the
driver of a vehicle which failed to
comply with a direction to stop
(circumstance of aggravation) and
failing to give information
identifying the driver or person in
charge of a vehicle. The matters
were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 8th September 2020.
Sharni Doutch plead guilty to
possessing drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant and possessing a prohibited
drug (Cannabis). She was fined $600
and ordered to pay costs of $225.90.
Kim Friis appeared on charges of
inadequate storage facility for
firearms, failed to ensure safe-
keeping of firearm/ammunition and
possess or copy an indecent or
obscene article. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Perth on the
15th September 2020.
Christopher Gallagher appeared on a
charge of driving a vehicle contrary
to defect. The matter was adjourned
to appear in Merredin on the 4th
August 2020.
Travis Goodall was found guilty of
driving with a prescribed illicit drug
in oral fluid or blood. He was fined
$300, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90 and to pay an analyst fee of
$177.
Brett Griffiths was convicted of
exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml
of blood. He was fined $550,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90 and
had his licence suspended for 7
months.
Michael Hallett appeared on charges
of 21 counts of being a person who
was cruel to an animal. The matter
was adjourned to appear in Merredin
on the 22nd September 2020.
Nigel Hallett appeared on charges of
13 counts of being a person who was
cruel to an animal. The matters were
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 22nd September 2020.
Hallett Farm Group Pty Ltd appeared
on charges of 9 counts of being a
person who was cruel to an animal.
The matters were adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 22nd
September 2020.
Joshua Hayden was found guilty of
exceeding the speed limit in a speed
zone and having no authority to drive
(disqualified from holding or
obtaining). He was fined $400,
ordered to pay costs of $225.90 and
had his licence suspended for a
further 9 months.
Yasmin Hayden was listed to appear
on charges of possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property and 2
counts gains benefit by fraud. She
failed to appear. A warrant has been
issued for her arrest.
Matthew Hill appeared on charges of
exceeding the speed limit between
20 and 29km/h and having no
authority to drive—suspended (other
than fines suspension). The matters
were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 8th September 2020.
Hillview Farm Pty Ltd appeared on
charges of 4 counts of being a
person who was cruel to an animal.
The matters were adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 22nd
September 2020.
Nicole Howard appeared on a charge
of failing to comply with
requirements made by a member of
the police force. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Midland on
the 14th August 2020.
Justin Jetta was listed to appear on a
charge of unlawful assault and
thereby did bodily harm with
circumstances of aggravation. He
failed to appear. A warrant has been
issued for his arrest.
Zac Leaman appeared on a charge of
reckless driving exceeding the speed
limit by 45 km/h or more on a length
of road. The matter was adjourned
to appear in Bunbury on the 10th
August 2020.
Audrey Leaver appeared on a charge
of driving a motor vehicle under the
influence of alcohol. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Perth on the
30th July 2020.
Nicole Little appeared on charges of
3 counts gains benefit by fraud,
possession of stolen or unlawfully
obtained property, 2 counts of
assaulting a public officer, being
armed or pretending to be armed in a
way that may cause fear, disorderly
behaviour in public and common
assault. The matters were adjourned
to appear in Merredin on the 8th
September 2020.
Trevor Major appeared on a charge
of allowing the clearing of native
vegetation to occur without
authorisation. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 4th August 2020.
Luke Morgan appeared on a charge
of failing to accompany police to a
police station or some other place
and to wait at that place. The matter
was adjourned to appear in Merredin
on the 22nd September 2020.
Tamar Palta appeared on a charge of
failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police
force and having no authority to
drive (fines suspended). The matters
were adjourned to appear in
Kalgoorlie on the 10th August 2020.
Luke Petch appeared on a charge of
reckless driving speed of 155km/h or
more. The matter was adjourned to
appear in Kalgoorlie on the 17th
August 2020.
Pinehill Farm Pty Ltd appeared on
charges of 5 counts of being a person
who was cruel to an animal. The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 22nd September
2020.
Nikeeta Robinson appeared on
charges of disorderly behaviour in
public, assaulting a public officer,
reckless driving, endangering life,
health or safety of a person and
behaving in a disorderly manner in a
police station or lock-up. He was
remanded to appear in Merredin on
the 4th August 2020.
Brodie Scorer appeared on a charge
of stealing. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 8th September 2020.
Yande Simumba appeared on a
charge of exceeding 0.08g alcohol
per 100ml of blood. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 4th August 2020.
Sunpride Sheep Pty Ltd appeared on
charges of 14 counts of being a
person who was cruel to an animal.
The matters were adjourned to
appear in Merredin on the 22nd
September 2020.
Robert Tetlow appeared on a charge
of exceeding the speed limit between
10 and 19km/h. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
the 9th September 2020.
Kaylee Websdale appeared on
charges of possessing a prohibited
drug (Cannabis), cultivating a
prohibited plant, possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant,
possessing a prohibited plant and
failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police
force. The matters were adjourned
to appear in Merredin on the 4th
August 2020.
Paul Wiggan appeared on charges of
unlawful and indecent assault and
without lawful excuse trespassing on
a place. He was remanded to appear
in Perth on the 4th August 2020.
Karl Williams appeared on charges
of failing to accompany police to a
police station or some other place
and to wait at that place, obstructing
public officers and possessing a
prohibited drug (Cannabis). The
matters were adjourned to appear in
Merredin on the 23rd September
2020.
Perth Courthouse
Ralph Palmer appeared on charges of
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THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020 5
7 counts of driving with a prescribed
illicit drug in oral fluid or blood,
being a person having been served
with a data access order and without
reasonable excuse, failing to obey
that data access order, cultivating a
prohibited plant, offering to sell or
supply a prohibited drug to another,
4 counts of possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant,
failing to comply with requirements
made by a member of the police
force, possession of a prohibited
drug with intent to sell or supply
(Methylamphetamine), failing to
comply with requirements of Police
Officer, possessing a prohibited drug
(Methylamphetamine), being an
unlicensed person who possesses
firearm/ammunition and reckless
driving exceeding the speed limit by
45 km/h or more on a length of road.
He was remanded to appear in Perth
on the 28th July 2020.
22nd July 2020
Merredin Courthouse
Stephen Hesse plead guilty to having
no authority to drive—suspended
(other than fines suspension), he was
fined $1,000, ordered to pay costs of
$225.90 and had his licence
suspended for a further 9 months.
Tanya Newman appeared on a
charge of having no authority to
drive—cancelled. The matter was
adjourned to appear in Merredin on
Court Report
Library Musings
By WENDY PORTER—Merredin
Library
Whilst the Merredin Library was
closed, many people discovered
e-books for the first time. Library
members have free access to
e-books, e-magazines, e-audiobooks,
The Computer School, video
streaming and Ziptales. The e-books
and e-audiobooks include Fiction,
Junior and Non-fiction titles.
Many of you already know this, but
did you know that the e-books and
e-audiobooks are available in many
languages? Some of the languages
available are German, French,
Italian, Japanese, Afrikaans,
Portuguese, Dutch, Croatian and
Indonesian. As with the English
titles more are being added all the
time.
If you are already a member of the
Merredin Library, you have access
to these platforms now. All you
need is your library card and your
PIN number. If you dont know
your PIN, please contact the library
on 90411222 and ask staff.
If you are not a member yet, you
have two options. You can become
an e-member, only able to access the
e-resources, by completing the
e-membership form available on the
Shire of Merredin website under
Community/Community Services/
Library. Once the form is submitted
you will receive your barcode, PIN
number and details on how to access
the e-resources. E-membership is
FREE.
To borrow items from the Merredin
Library you will need to complete a
full membership form in the library.
You will need to provide library
staff with proof of your current
address. This can be a drivers
licence, health care card, current
utility bill or rent receipt. This
membership is also FREE.
If you are a backpacker, or only in
town for under three months, you
will have to pay a $25 deposit which
will be returned to you when you
hand back your library card, as long
as all items are returned, or fill out
an e-membership form to have
access to the e-resources.
Ask library staff for more details by
either calling us on 9041 1222 or
email library@merredin.wa.gov.au.
Library staff are always happy to
help. The Merredin Library will
return to normal hours in August but
look out for our new We are Open
sign if you are not sure of the hours.
See you soon.
the 4th August 2020.
23rd July 2020
Perth Courthouse
Corey Holdem appeared on a charge
of possession of stolen or unlawfully
obtained property. The matter was
dismissed.
27th July 2020
Geraldton Courthouse
Dione Oliffe was convicted of 10
counts of stealing, 2 counts of having
no authority to drive—suspended
(other than fines suspension), having
no authority to drive—suspended
(other than fines suspension),
without lawful excuse trespassed on
a place and possessing drug
paraphernalia in or on which there
was a prohibited drug or plant. She
received a 12 month community
based order, had her licence
suspended for 9 months was ordered
to pay $225.90 costs and to pay a
total of $382.84 of compensation.
Northam Courthouse
Brayden Redmond appeared on
charges of possession of prohibited
drugs with intent to sell or supply
(Cannabis), possession of stolen or
unlawfully obtained property and
possessed drug paraphernalia in or
on which there was a prohibited drug
or plant. The matters were remanded
to appear in Northam on the 24th
August 2020.
My Thoughts
When I told my friends that I had
applied for a job in the Wheatbelt I
was confronted with a lot of hurtful
questions. Why would you want to
live in the Wheatbelt? Surely
there's nothing out there for you?
Wouldnt that be a bad move for
your career if you get it? I must
admit, hearing things like these made
me doubt my decision to apply.
When I told my friends that I had
received an interview for the job in
the Wheatbelt, I was met with more
hurtful statements. Why would you
drive 3 hours just to do an
interview? Why are you even
considering moving?” “You have a
good job here in Perth. I must say,
hearing things like these made me
doubt my decision to attend the
interview.
When I told my friends I had been
offered the job in the Wheatbelt, I
was greeted with coldness. But
youre not going to take it, right?
Why would you even consider that,
how selfish. I can confirm, hearing
things like these made me doubt my
decision to accept the job.
When I accepted the job in the
country, I decided not to tell my
friends. Knowing what their
comments would be, I left the city
unnoticed and started a new life in
Why wouldnt I want to live
in the Wheatbelt?
the country. To my surprise, the
locals made me feel welcome and
were happy to lend a helping hand.
Though I was nervous to be the
newbie in town, I quickly settled in
and made it my home.
So now I ask, why is it that my
friends back home questioned my
decision to move to the Wheatbelt
when every day I get to wake up to
fresh air, friendly faces and beautiful
scenery? It seems the perception of
country living to city folk is that its
hot, muddy, and there's nothing to
see and do unless youre a farmer
if only they knew just how wrong
they are.
I only wish more people were as
open as I was to trying something
new, because I know that once they
experience living in the Wheatbelt,
they will never want to leave.
Kohdee
Hall
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CEACA Units opened in
Official Ceremony
By KOHDEE HALL
The 27 independent living units
Central East Aged Care Alliance
(CEACA) development in Merredin
was officially opened in a ribbon
cutting ceremony at 2pm on Friday,
24 July 2020, at Unit 2 located on
Margaret Lane. The ceremony was
attended by state politicians,
representatives from the Shire of
Merredin, Local Governments from
around the Wheatbelt, as well as
CEACA residents and Merredin
community members.
The ceremony was opened by Shire
President Julie Flockart who
welcomed those in attendance before
calling upon Marika Hayden to
perform the Welcome to Country.
Councillor Flockart thanked Marika
for her touching Welcome to
Country, and introduced the Chair of
CEACA, Tuck Waldron, to the
podium.
Mr Waldron spoke on behalf of
CEACA CEO Nicholas Hopkin, who
was unable to attend the ceremony
and acknowledged the success of the
project and the quality of the unit
development. He then welcomed the
Minister for Regional Development,
Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC who
gave a speech and performed the
cutting of the ribbon. Honoured
guests, residents, and elected
members gathered in front of the
CEACA unit for a group photo
before being invited inside for
afternoon tea.
The Merredin CEACA units were
completed in 2019 as part of the
CEACA Senior Housing Project
which has seen the construction of
71 independent living units over 11
Wheatbelt Shires. The Merredin
units are located at the old North
Merredin Primary School precinct
adjacent to the Merredin Regional
Library.
The completion of this high-quality
housing project will assist in
enabling many of our towns ageing
community members to remain in
close proximity to local connections,
services and support.
Gary Shadbolt, Shire President-
Mukinbudin, Terry Waldron, Chair
CEACA, Hon Mia Davies MLA, Hon
Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Hon Darren
West MLC & Shire President Julie
Flockart cut the ribbon
Honoured guests, residents and elected members in front of a CEACA unit
Terry Waldron, Chair CEACA & Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC
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Cancer Council WA is urging the
Wheatbelt community to support
the Daffodil Day Appeal this
August by making an online
donation to help fund life-saving
cancer research.
Cancer Council WA Wheatbelt
Regional Education Officer ,
Melissa Pickering said that while
many of us have had our lives put
on hold due to COVID-19, cancer
doesnt rest, so Cancer Council
WAs vital work in cancer research
must continue.
Daffodil Day has traditionally been
Cancer Councils biggest
fundraising event, however this year
we are asking the Wheatbelt
community to please consider
jumping online and making a
donation to the Daffodil Day
Appeal,Ms Pickering said.
Money raised by West Aussies
will provide more than hope to
people affected by cancer; it will
fund vital cancer research that is
saving lives every day.
Ms Pickering said that despite
advances made in research and
improving survival rates for many
cancers, every four minutes another
Australian is diagnosed with cancer.
Every day 33 Western Australians
Daffodil Day goes virtual due
to COVID-19
hear the words you have cancer’,”
she said.
Unfortunately less funding will be
available for research due to the
current climate, so its more
important than ever to ensure we
support the work of our
researchers.
Daffodil Day celebrates 34 years of
turning Australia yellow in 2020,
with Cancer Council aiming to raise
$2 million for cancer research
through online donations.
Cancer Council and its research
partners direct almost $60 million
annually to research grants for vital
research projects across Australia,
making the organisation the largest
not-for-profit funder of cancer
research in Australia.
Thanks to investment in research
over many years, significant
advancements have been made in
cancer prevention, screening and
treatment - helping to increase
survival rates from 49 per cent in
the 1980s to 69 per cent today.
You can support the Daffodil Day
Appeal by donating online before or
on Friday 28 August.
For more information or to donate,
visit www.daffodilday.com.au or
call 1300 65 65 85.
Police Report
By Acting Sergeant TYLER
WINTER
Police have recently attended a
number of motor vehicle crashes,
most have resulted in injuries
requiring hospitalisation. A family
travelling near Mukinbudin towing a
caravan rolled over, a motorcyclist
crashed near Westonia and a vehicle
crashed at the Narembeen turn off in
Merredin. It is a timely reminder that
all road users take extra care at this
time of the year and drive to the
conditions. Numerous roads have
been affected by the rain and we
have had heavy fog that reduces
visibility.
Our St John Ambulance and Fire &
Rescue Volunteers continue to assist
Police in dealing with these
emergencies and we strongly urge
motorists to take extra care. If you
are approaching any scene where
Police, Ambulance, Fire or Recovery
vehicles have their beacons activated,
drivers must Slow Down to 40km/hr
and obey all directions given by
Emergency Services.
If you are travelling, please take
regular breaks and do not drive tired.
A variaon on murals on silos – this car on a silo at Goornong Victoria. What else is
there to do when you cant go anywhere? Image courtesy of Roy Butler
Wheatbelt in a Snap
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Congratulations to the Year 11
winners of the Collgar Wind Farm
Vocational Education and Training
scholarship Ellie Downsborough and
Ben Geier.
In 2014 the Collgar Community
Fund set up by Collgar Wind Farm
agreed to support two $500 VET
scholarships each year.
The scholarships are for students
enrolled in any VET program offered
at Merredin College. The
scholarships are for students who, in
Semester 1, demonstrated not only
the ability to do well but also a
passion for and dedication to their
chosen VET program.
Merredin College values its
community partnerships and we
would like to acknowledge the
continuing support from the Collgar
Community Fund in providing
Merredin College Students with this
opportunity.
We look forward to seeing the results
of Ellies and Bens hard work and
wish them every success for the
coming year.
Year 12
School
Councillors
for 2020/21
Congratulations to the new Year 12
Student Leaders who were elected by
staff and students to represent
Merredin College.
Head Boy
Arlo Adams
Head Girl
Ellie Downsborough
Student Councillors
Georgina Squire
Jordi Smith
Jasmin Griffiths
Gaby Paterson.
Merredin
College
Collgar Wind
Farm VET
Scholarships
Awards presented to students at Merredin College are based on the values of
our Positive Behaviour Support guidelines 'G R O W'.
Primary Assembly—Term 2
Class Value Demon-
strated
Student
Kindy/Pre-primary Responsible
Strive to Succeed
Respectful
Strive to Succeed
Charlotte Last
Tora Hooper
Hannah Myers
Aliyah Willis
Pre-primary/Year1 Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Caring
Strive to Succeed
Benjamen Salter
Eli Herbert
Ava Anderson
Hayley Ashwin
Year 1/2 Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Responsible
Caring
Jax Wall
Luke Shelton
Jobe Walker
Jake McKinnon
Year 2 Strive to Succeed
Respectful
Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Jordan Edwards
Sheradin Wild
Lester Brockman
Jed Van Der Merwe
Year 3 Strive to Succeed
Caring
Strive to Succeed
Respectful
Riley Conduit
Nate Joy
Emily Kittyea
Mary-Rose Foster
Year 3/4 Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Caring
Amelia-June Parkin
Natarrly Sutherland-Scott
Ned Truglio
Joshua van Der Merwe
Year 4/5 Respectful
Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Responsible
Gabrielle Campbell
Matthew Edwards
Kate Cash
Logan Nicholson
Year 5/6 Responsible
Strive to Succeed
Respectful
Caring
Logan Cervantes
Mitchell Junk
Jamie Hardy
Tamia Cole
Year 6 Strive to Succeed
Respectful
Caring
Responsible
Emma Nicholson
Gracie-Lee Wall
Matthew Pitout
Charlotte Rajagopalan
JP Music Responsible
Strive to Succeed
Charlotte Last
Zoe Purssell
UP Music Strive to Succeed
Responsible
Tate Pearce
Kim Nunesca
Junior Primary Art Strive to Succeed
Respectful
Jake McKinnon
Keegan Flanagan
Upper Primary Art Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Declan Natt
Amalia Tollarzo
Health Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Nathaniel Shelton
Zoe Purrsell
Indonesian Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Aria Boehme
Riley Van Der Merwe
Upper Primary
Sport
Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Tamia Cole
Beau Manning
Junior Primary
Sport
Strive to Succeed
Strive to Succeed
Riley Bush
Ashton Glass
10 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
By NEVILLE MIDDLETON
I joined the Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Service in January 1985. I remember
my first meeting in the old Fire
Station. One big table and benches
around the edge of the room and
being asked to be at the Running
Track for training. I thought what is
the running track”?
My intro to firefighter training was a
week long course at the Belmont
Training Wing.
When I joined we had the Bedford
1960s model fire truck, then the
Mazda to the HSR. Our first Light
Tanker and taking on the Road Crash
Rescue role was during the 80’s. The
new communication system which
meant we could talk to comms from
out at the incident especially when
dangerous goods were involved.
I held the positions of Brigade
Secretary, Senior Coach and Junior
Coach for many years and was made
a life member in July 1999.
I remember a couple of funny
incidents. First, being called to a
Dry Cyanide tablet spill out at
Carrabin, heading out in the Bedford
on a cold evening with everyone
concerned for our safety. We fought
hard to get gas suits on at the station
due to lots of dangerous stuff being
transported through town. It turned
out to be onions all over the
highway. Secondly, a fire one
evening at an old railway house on
Allbeury Street. Leading up to this
incident, the Shire had contracted a
company to put down sealed paths
around town, which included paths
in Allbeury Street, where they had
sealed over the hydrants. So while a
crew were digging up the path, a
long line of hoses were laid out from
a hydrant in the next block and
around the corner, which enabled us
to save the house, only to find out it
was scheduled for demolition by
Westrail.
One of the most memorable and
talked about incidents was the Hines
Hill Rail disaster in 1996. From
memory, we spent about 18 hours
out at the incident.
By SHEREE LOWE
Seven members of the Merredin
Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service
were recognised with awards
presented by DFES Assistant
Commissioner Paul Ryan and Area
Officer Jeremy Willis at their
109
th
AGM last weekend.
Neville Middleton was presented
with his 35-year service award. In
addition to his 35 years of active
firefighter service and participation
in the sporting side (known as
running”), he has served as both
brigade Secretary and Junior running
coach for over 20 years each.
Skye King was presented with her 15
-year service award. Skye is a
committed firefighter, attending
nearly every fire call, and has also
served as Apparatus Officer, Senior
running coach and Social Secretary.
Judy Briggs, Mark Briggs, Sheree
Lowe and Tarlisha ODonnell-
Thomas also received their 5 year
service awards.
Phil Van Der Merwe, brigade
Captain and owner of Merredin
Glazing Service, was also presented
with a DFES Volunteer Employer
Recognition Gold Award. Nominated
by DFES Station Officer Aaron
Cuthbert, these awards recognise
employers of emergency services
volunteers to acknowledge the vital
role these employers play in
protecting the community.
Merredin Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Service attend bushfires within the
Merredin townsite, as well as
structure fires, motor vehicle
Merredin VFRS Members receive awards
accidents and HAZMAT incidents as
far away Kellerberrin, Bruce Rock,
Southern Cross and Nungarin - all on
a volunteer basis, and around their
paid employment. On one occasion
earlier this year, members attended a
grass fire in the morning, an accident
where an LPG tanker had collided
with a fence, and the Mason's
Shopping Centre fire in Bruce Rock,
all in the same day - while also
working a full day for their
employers.
Members were also deployed to
One of the highlights for me in my
35 years has always been the
running, great for team building and
a good social outlet away from the
seriousness of duties, and for me, it
has always been a great way to meet
members from around the state when
we all come together for the State
Open and State Championships at
Fremantle every year.
Leading up to the State
Championships, Merredin also held a
dry work competition with Southern
Cross every year, which was
sponsored by life member Herb
Smith.
The Junior Competition was the
pinnacle of my enjoyment, seeing
young kids developing their skills
and teamwork which they have taken
into their adult life. All three of my
sons and my two step daughters
competed in this competition.
One of the biggest fears for any
volunteer or career emergency
person is to attend a fatality
involving one of their own family.
The night of my son Waynes
accident is etched in my memory
forever. I relive this memory often, it
was a turning point for me as I have
found it hard to attend incidents
since that night.
Being involved in the Fire and
Rescue as a volunteer has given me a
lifetime of memories and stories.
Reflections of past 35 Years
Neville Middleton and Tarlisha
ODonnell-Thomas
assist at fires in New South Wales,
Norseman, Kambalda, Balladonia,
Coolgardie and Broome.
They also fundraised to purchase the
large inflatable obstacle course, and
participated in a number of
community events including the
Merredin Police Open Day, the CRC
Volunteer night markets, Gala Night,
and the Two Dogs Family Fun Days,
as well as hosting the Christmas
sausage sizzle in Apex Park.
Merredin Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Service would like to congratulate
the members who were presented
with awards, and to thank all the
local businesses who support the
brigade and its volunteers throughout
the year. The brigade would also like
to acknowledge their appreciation for
the agencies they work alongside to
serve the community, including
Merredin Police, St Johns
Ambulance Merredin sub-centre, the
Shire of Merredin and Merredin
Bushfire Brigades, and the SES.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Ryan and
Area Ocer Jeremy Willis present Skye
King with her 15-year service award
Assistant Commissioner Paul Ryan and
Area Ocer Jeremy Willis present Mark
Briggs with his 5-year service award
Assistant Commissioner Paul Ryan and
Area Ocer Jeremy Willis present Judy
Briggs with her 5-year service award
Area Ocer Jeremy Willis and Assistant
Commissioner Paul Ryan present Phil
Van Der Merwe with a DFES Volunteer
Employer Recognion Gold Award
Assistant Commissioner Paul Ryan and
Area Ocer Jeremy Willis present Sheree
Lowe with her 5-year service award
Captain Merredin VFRS Phil Van Der
Merwe, Assistant Commissioner Paul
Ryan and Area Ocer Jeremy Willis
present Tarlisha ODonnell-Thomas with
her 5-year service award
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12 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
The DollsHouse
By SANDRA ROBARTSON
The dollshouse was rescued from
destruction by Malcolm Robartson at
South Merredin Primary School.
Before the buildings were
demolished, teachers had been
instructed to bring the essentials only
to the new school because two into
three quarters was an
impossibility!!
The bulldozers had been busily
knocking down sheds/storage rooms
when Malcolm, school gardener at
that time, noticed the dolls house
through a gap in the shed wall, which
had been partially flattened by the
bobcat. Knowing how much the
children enjoyed playing with it, he
retrieved it and took it to the Mens
Shed for restoration. That was
nearly ten years ago!
One of our members, a modelling
enthusiast, Campbell Lawson, asked
if he could use his skills to assist
Malcolm in the restoration project.
It was reinstalled in the Pre-primary
classroom at Merredin College at the
beginning of June 2020.
Malcolm and Campbell presented the
expertly restored mansion to the
Principal, pre-primary staff and
students.
They were delighted to have it
returned.
Completed project Students enjoying the dollshouse
Local Member Mia Davies MLA is
encouraging young people aged
between 16 and 22 years living in
the Wheatbelt to enter the latest
round of the ABCs Heywire
competition.
She said the competition was an
important platform for young
people giving them an opportunity
to share the challenges and
opportunities they experience
living and working in a regional or
remote part of the State.
Heywire is an opportunity for
regional youth to express their
thoughts and opinions about issues
that matter to them,she said.
It puts a spotlight on the thoughts
and opinions of our young people
by bringing them to a national
forum.
If you are selected to tell your
story you then get to work with the
ABC to professionally produce
your story.
Its a fantastic learning experience
and if you have an issue youd like
to raise, highlight or build
momentum for then this is one
Davies encourages local entries
into ABCs Heywire
avenue to explore.
The Heywire competition has been
running since 1998 and aims to give
a voice to young people and the
issues that impact them.
Each year, every ABC regional
station selects a winning Heywire
Competition entry to represent their
part of Australia.
The winner gets to work with ABC
staff to professionally produce their
story either through audio, text,
photo or video. The story is then
featured on ABC Radio or the ABC
website.
Our youth are our future and its
important to make space for their
opinions and concerns, Ms Davies
said.
Previous winners from the region
include Kassidy Fuller (Bullfinch)
Ebony Thompson (Karlgarin),
Tiffany Davey (Konnongorring)
and Kurt Richards (Dowerin).
For entry forms and more
information visit https://
www.abc.net.au/heywire/.
Alexander Rajagopalan, from Bruce Rock is a 2019 Heywire winner
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By KATH BROWN
Leader of The Nationals WA and
Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia
Davies says a new Department of
Fire and Emergency Services
(DFES) code of conduct gagging
volunteers from communicating with
State and Federal Members of
Parliament must be ditched.
The mandatory code of conduct was
announced earlier this month by the
Emergency Services Commissioner
and requires all the States 26,000
emergency services volunteers to
sign up to it within four weeks.
Ms Davies said preventing
volunteers from communicating with
Members of Parliament was
undemocratic and may stop them
seeking support for equipment,
infrastructure or any other challenges
they may face.
Preventing volunteers, who play a
vital role in Wheatbelt communities,
from engaging with Parliamentarians
will be detrimental for their
organisations and individuals, she
said.
Volunteer gag order on
Central Wheatbelt volunteers
unacceptable
Blocking their communication
channel to raising issues impacting
them or their brigade, group or unit
essentially renders them voiceless in
State and Federal Parliament.
That could have negative
consequences in the communities
they serve, because one of their key
pathways for raising concerns has
been blocked.
There are dozens of emergency
service groups, brigades and units in
Central Wheatbelt whose members
regularly put their own safety on the
line to protect others in the
community.
Ms Davies said the code of conduct
was a severe overstep and needed to
be addressed.
Quite rightly many in the volunteer
community are boiling mad about
this and I dont blame them for
feeling the way they do,she said.
The Nationals WA have been vocal
on behalf of volunteers and the need
for the Premier to step in and
intervene with this draconian code.
Students at St Marys School are
excited to return to school for fun
and learning in Term Three. Staff
and students thoroughly enjoyed
their school holidays and are looking
forward to the new challenges and
tasks presented to them throughout
Term Three. Here are some photos
of our students settling into school
routines.
Excitement as
Term Three Starts
14 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
Sir John Teasdale
Remembering Sir John Teasdale
By SAM TEASDALE
Sir John Teasdale initially came to
Western Australia, from
Cumberland, with his brothers in
1911 where he and a number of his
brothers settled to farm in the Bruce
Rock area.
Among his first interests was the
Farmers and Settlers Association,
which was founded in 1911. It has
had many name changes over the
years, such as the FarmersUnion
and Primary Producers Association,
it is now known as the Western
Australian Farmers Federation. In
1916, Sir John was elected to the
executive committee and in 1922, he
became President.
He was a loyal member of the Belka
Co-op, and his personal attributes of
good judgement, willingness to take
responsibility and astuteness made
him a prominent person in the
movement.
He was involved in the formation of
the Wheat Pool in 1922 and became
Chairman in 1938. Sir John attended
the Wheat Pool at the first
International Pool Conference in St
Paul, USA.
A serious problem in the 20’s was
the loss of wheat between the port of
loading and its destination. Sir John
travelled overseas in 1924, 1925 and
By GLEN AND THE TEAM,
Regional Mens Health Initiative
Nobody goes into a marriage
thinking that it will end in
separation or divorce, however
many blokes find that when their
marriages do end, that separation
and divorce are among the toughest
experiences they will ever have to
face. Blokes go through a range of
intense emotions during this time,
including loneliness and sadness;
shock, hurt and bewilderment;
anger and frustration and
sometimes relief that differences
are finally out in the open. These
responses to distress are all
perfectly normal. Thankfully, most
blokes can face these challenges
and go on living fulfilling and
happy lives, keeping in mind of
course that this does take time.
Separation is complex and can
involve feelings around the loss
of:
your partner
family structure and routines
involvement or reduced contact
with children
family home
friends and social life
meaning and identity
Separation, A Time Of Change
These losses are particularly
difficult to come to terms with if:
you didnt want the separation in
the first place
the separation is sudden or
unexpected
youre still hanging on to hope that
it will all go back to how it was
you feel betrayed by your former
partner
you lack a support network or are
ostracised by your friends or others
in the community
you have reduced or limited time
with your children.
The cumulative situational distress
that separation contributes to, may
test your strength and capacity to
look after yourself properly. It may
stir up memories and feelings you
thought youd put behind you. You
might grieve the life you previously
had. Therefore it is important to
acknowledge that grieving is
personal - we all do it differently.
Some blokes may find comfort in
focusing on activities like sport and
hobbies, work, or planning a path
forward. Its not a one size fits all
scenario so, its important to find out
what helps you.
There is a temptation at this time to
cut yourself off from others. Your
circle of friends and family
networks may change now that you
have separated. Even if youve
maintained contact, you may be
reluctant to lean on them for
support. However, withdrawing
socially will limit the number of
people you can talk to and wont
help you to overcome the grief and
loss of separation. Social isolation
may increase the risk of
depression, reliance on drugs and
alcohol, and even suicide.
If you have ongoing negative
thoughts or find it difficult to cope
with your circumstances, its
important to seek help as soon as
possible. Us blokes need to
remember that when feeling
overwhelmed or down, it is quite
often the result of unresolved
ongoing situational distress, and a
chat to someone is always helpful.
A GP or another health
professional will be able to help to
decide whether any treatment is
needed and what may be suitable.
There are many other men whove
had similar experiences and they
do get through it.
Reach out to those you trust, and
remember before it all gets too
muchTalk to a Mate!!®.
1928, in an effort to find a solution
to this. As a result, a separate
outturn superintending company was
formed, CBH. Sir John was then
chosen as one of the Directors and
ten years later was appointed
Chairmanship.
When the Australian Wheat Board
was formed in 1939, he became a
member and in 1950 became
Chairman, a position he held until
his death in 1962.
In 1948, Sir John travelled to
Washington as a representative of
Australia, to attend a conference,
which led to the first post-war
International Wheat Agreement.
Other items of note include in 1947
Sir John became Chairman of the
Royal Commission on Wheat
Marketing in Western Australia and
in 1948 he was on the New Years
Honours List and was appointed
Commander of the Order of the
British Empire. In 1951 he was
Knighted (Bachelor).
In July 1962, Sir John Teasdale, one
and among the greatest West
Australian pioneers of co-operation,
of farming and of farmer
organisation, died.
His passion for farming and years of
hard work will remain with the
Wheatbelt farming community.
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Sunday 23
rd
August from 9am
1pm
Book a stall or come and browse for
some bargains.
Remember Fathers Day will only
be two weeks after the markets, so
this will be a great opportunity to
find something special for Dad.
Local businesses are welcome to
Come along to the
Merredin Markets
book a stall, make some extra
income and help make grow the
Markets so that the event becomes
bigger and better and attracts more
stalls and visitors to our community.
A Stall Booking Fee is just $15.
Stalls will be spaced out to ensure
they abide by the COVID-19
restrictions.
Flu Cases drop in 2020
By WHEATBELT HEALTH NETWORK
The number of Flu Cases in 2020 is at an all time low.
Australians have been:
washing their hands more
staying at home when they are sick
accessing their GP via Telehealth
getting the flu shot
social distancing and
not travelling overseas
16 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
Astronomy
WTF 31
st
July-13th August 2020
By PETER BARRETT
Welcome once again winter welkin
watchers! A full moon this Monday
will make meteor watching less than
ideal, but the Perseid shower, which
will be peaking on the morning of
Thursday the 13
th
August rarely
disappoints. The moon on that
morning will be less than half. By
5am the sky should be alight with
streaks originating near the northern
horizon. If we are lucky the clouds
will hold off.
This fortnight the wonky orbit of
Venus takes it into the sword of
Orion on the 5
th
. I have no symbol
for Orion so I have marked it with an
O! on the char t. The moon is just
wonky enough that it crosses from
Pisces to Cetus and back twice, over
the four days from the 7
th
to the 11
th
.
How do astronomers locate things in
the sky? Just as it is done on earth,
so it is done in heaven, using a
system of latitude and longitude’.
The sky is considered to be a hollow
globe with earth at its centre and the
stars and planets are points on the
inside surface of it. This sky globe
will have two points that are always
overhead at the north and south
poles, called the celestial poles’, and
a circle that will always be overhead
at the equator, called the celestial
equator’. The equivalent of latitude
is called declination, and is measured
in degrees North or South of the
celestial equator. Thus the sun will
have a declination of plus 23.5
degrees on the June solstice and
minus 23.5 degrees on the December
solstice. But how can we measure
celestial longitude, since the line in
the sky above the meridion of
Greenwich will rotate away from it
at the rate of fifteen degrees per hour
and be on the opposite side of the
world 12 hours later? Astronomers
have chosen a line that passes from
the North celestial pole to the South
celestial pole passing through the
Vernal equinox (the point at which
the sun passes from the southern
hemisphere to the northern
hemisphere in March) to be the
celestial baseline, the equivalent of
zero degrees celestial longitude’.
This point is currently in the
constellation of Pisces but 2000
years ago when this system was
invented it was in Aries. This is why
it is still called the First point of
Aries and also explains why the
horoscope list usually begins with
the ram.
We have discussed before how the
precession of the equinoxes will
cause this point too slowly but
steadily move backwards over the
decades. Astronomers must
therefore specify which date they are
using to specify this equinox point if
their measurements are to be
accurate. They call this the epoch’.
The epoch currently used is the 1st
of January 2000 on the Julian
calendar, usually abbreviated to
J2000. This system of celestial
longitude is called Right
Ascension’. It is called right
because each line is at right angles to
the celestial equator and not to the
earths equator, in which case it
would be obliquefrom our point of
view. Ascensionrefers to the point
on the equator that rises at the same
moment as a star.
Unlike geographical longitude which
is measured in degrees East or West
of Greenwich Right Ascension is
always measured in hours minutes
and seconds after the First point of
Aries’.
These two celestial co-ordinates
declination and Right Ascension are
usually abbreviated to dec. and R.A.
They seem complicated but they are
worth learning because they are
designed to make the calculations
necessary to point a telescope at any
celestial object as simply as possible.
Remember one hour equals fifteen
degrees. Thus in order to specify
exactly any point in the sky, one
needs only mention its declination,
its R.A., and the current Greenwich
mean time. Next fortnight we will
consider how to use these tools to
significantly enhance your stargazing
experience and perhaps even join the
many amateur astronomers who have
comets and supernovae named after
them. Until then keep looking up!
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At first glance, you might wonder how a viral
disease can change seismic activity worldwide, but
a new study in the Science journal has shown how
the lockdowns across the world have caused a
major reduction in seismic activity that is
generated by human activity.
Seismic activity is caused by a range of sources,
not just earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.
Human sources such as explosions and mining
generate impulsive seismic activity, but also
everyday human activities such as road traffic,
trains, industrial activity, and even large sport
events cause a near continuous signal that is
detected by seismometers.
The study found that the seismic noise generated
by everyday human activity dropped by an average
of 50% in 77 countries between March and May
2020, and this was observed not just in urban areas,
but also in remote areas and very deep boreholes.
By using datasets from across the world, the
researchers were able to visualise the seismic
lockdown wavemoving through China at the end
of January, to Italy in March, and then to the rest of
the world.
The reduction in seismic activity was
cross-checked against publically available mobile
phone data from Apple and Google, and this strong
Science Section
COVID-19 results in reduced seismic
activity across the world
match clearly showed the change in the amount of
human activity and movement.
Although the number of naturally occurring
earthquakes has not decreased in 2020, this
seismic quiet period is the longest and most
prominent world reduction in anthropogenic
seismic noise on record.
The lockdowns caused by coronavirus is giving
the researchers the opportunity to gather data to
help differentiate between human and natural
causes of seismic noise, and to monitor the effect
of different human activities. It also allows the
researchers to listen to the Earths natural
vibrations without the concealing noise of human
activities.
This study shows that even everyday human
activities have a major impact on the natural
world, including the very Earth itself.
For more information, check out the article on the
Conversation website at https://
theconversation.com/coronavirus-lockdown-
reduced-seismic-activity-around-the-world-new-
study-143203 or read the full original paper,
Lecocq et al, 2020, Global quieting of high-
frequency seismic noise due to COVID-19
pandemic lockdown measures”, Science,
doi: 10.1126/science.abd2438.
Graph showing the average drop in seismic acvity (black line) with comparison to the categories of phone data.
(Source: Lecocq et al, Science)
22 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
ARIES 21st March—19 April
You are currently in a dynamic period which
is full of enthusiasm and a sense of
adventure. Some challenges lie ahead, but
you are ready and able to tackle them, freeing
you to pursue your own interests.
TAURUS 20th April20th May
Past disappointments in relationships and
also financial matters will soon be resolved.
Keep working towards your goal. There will
be an exciting feeling of new beginnings with
career and money-earning possibilities.
GEMINI 21st May—20th June
You will soon be emerging from the stormy
situations you have been dealing with. There
could be some intense interactions with
partners, who may be struggling and are
looking for your understanding.
CANCER 21st June—22nd July
There may be some feelings of stress in your
professional life which will bring closure to a
sharp disagreement with a pushy person.
Basically though, this is a period of growing,
enjoyment and pleasure. Enjoy!
LEO 23rd July22nd August
You are entering an expansive time, when
you can realise your agenda and expand your
horizons. It is a great time to travel with the
family or with an enterprising friend, life can
be full of adventure and learning.
VIRGO 23rd August22nd September
Issues that you have been dealing with come
full circle now, leading to a sharp resolution.
Dont be put off if other people adopt an
extreme viewpoint, just be understanding in
your shared communications.
LIBRA 23rd September22nd October
Choices may have been difficult lately, and it
could be that you need to accept that there are
some things you cannot control. Worrying
doesnt take away tomorrows troubles, it
takes away todays peace. When you
surrender, things go a lot more smoothly.
SCORPIO 23rd October21st November
When it comes to beliefs and principles,
some people cannot be argued with. For you
though, there are growing opportunities when
you pursue your own agenda and battle for
what needs to be done.
SAGITTARIUS 22nd Nov—21st December
There is quite a lot of pressure in your life,
but as things turn full circle issues are put to
bed. You can expect interaction with people
on an emotional level to be particularly
intense, it is a good idea to avoid conflicts.
CAPRICORN 22nd Dec19th January
Whilst you see conflicts around you, it is
important to provide a steady hand and settle
disagreements. A family feud can be
resolved, at least so people agree to disagree,
be as flexible as you can.
AQUARIUS 20th January—18th February
A stressful communication is resolved, be
open to suggestions and ideas at this time.
This is a good time to practice the science of
mindfulness, as there is an open window for a
deep transformation.
PISCES 19th February20th March
Family issues that have caused considerable
unrest may culminate. The wise Pisces
appreciates the fact that people think
differently, and that that is OK. Its time to
adopt a tolerant stance.
Trades & Services
CLASSIFIEDS
League
Round 8 Results
Bruce Rock 0.2, 5.3, 5.5, 8.10 (58) d. Southern
Cross 2.4, 4.5, 5.6, 7.7 (49)
Goals
Bruce Rock FC: L. Sedgwick 3, B. Stevenson 2, E.
Fitts 1, J. Lee 1, J. Ingham 1.
Southern Cross FC: D. Stevens 2, N. Reghenzani 1,
M. Goes 1, G. Ugle 1, A. Henry 1, D. Stephen 1.
Best
Bruce Rock FC: J. Lee, E. Fitts, A. Hardman, W.
Verhoogt.
Southern Cross FC: J. Harvey, N. Reghenzani, M.
Goes, D. Stephen, K. Pasini.
Burracoppin 3.3, 7.7, 8.10, 12.12 (84) d. Corrigin
1.3, 5.4, 6.5, 7.9 (51)
Goals
Burracoppin FC: J. Downsborough 4, S. Watson 3,
R. Ferguson 2, J. Kimpton 1, J. Clark 1, B. Swanson
1.
Corrigin FC: J. Cusworth 2, K. Wittwer 1, S.
Hathway 1, T. Smith 1, D. Gervas 1, I. Stokes 1.
Best
Burracoppin FC: N. Thomas, J. Lindroth, B.
Swanson, L. Smith, J. Downsborough.
Corrigin FC: D. Crossland, D. Rendell, S. Hathway,
D. Crossland, Z. Ludlow.
Hyden/Karlgarin 7.4, 9.8, 11.13, 19.15 (129) d.
Narembeen 0.0, 2.1, 3.3, 3.4 (22)
Goals
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: C. Hughes 4, C. James 4, A.
James 3, D. Gittos 2, D. Ehlers 2, M. Ehlers 2, T.
Edwards 1, C. Shadbolt 1.
Narembeen FC: C. Duncan 1, J. Garlick 1, R.
Cousins 1.
Best
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: C. Shadbolt, A. James, R.
Marsh, X. Peacock, L. Mouritz.
Narembeen FC: C. Duncan, M. Cole, D. Williams,
D. Malouf, B. Kennedy.
Kulin/Kondinin 3.1, 7.2, 12.2, 19.2 (116) d.
Nukarni 0.1, 2.7, 3.10, 7.15 (57)
Goals
Kulin/Kondinin FC: M. Crisp 4, A. Repacholi 3, S.
Duckworth 3, J. Shaddick 2, J. Grabski 2, T.
Browning 2, A. Strijk 1, T. Biglin 1, L. Hands 1
Nukarni FC: None supplied
Best
Kulin/Kondinin FC: J. Hunter, J. Shaddick, A.
Repacholi, M. Crisp, A. Strijk.
Nukarni FC: None supplied.
Reserves
Bruce Rock 2.3, 2.5, 5.7, 8.12 (60) d. Southern
Cross 0.0, 2.4, 3.4, 5.6 (36)
Goals
Bruce Rock FC: D. Bow 2, B. Waye 1, J. Steber 1,
M. Joshua 1, M. Heasman 1, S. Woods 1, S. Smith 1.
Southern Cross FC: M. Dellar 3, P. Casey 1, C.
Pearce 1.
Best
Bruce Rock FC: M. Joshua, J. Hubbard, B.
Bywaters, S. Smith, J. Steber.
Southern Cross FC: C. Pearce, R. Stevens, J.
Harvey, M. Dellar, P. Casey.
Corrigin 2.2, 4.3, 6.3, 10.6 (66) d. Burracoppin
2.2, 4.4, 6.8, 6.10 (46)
Goals
Corrigin FC: J. Charlton 3, L. Rendell 2, R. Hill 2,
Football
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Played Win Loss Draw F A % PTS
Bruck Rock 2 2 0 0 157 90 174.44 8
Hyden/Karlgarin 2 1 1 0 145 106 136.79 4
Corrigin 2 1 1 0 91 72 126.39 4
Kulin/Kondinin 2 1 1 0 108 117 92.31 4
Nukarni 2 1 1 0 114 136 83.82 4
Burracoppin 2 1 1 0 89 109 81.65 4
Narembeen 2 1 1 0 94 133 70.68 4
Southern Cross 2 0 2 0 103 138 74.64 0
Played Win Loss Draw F A % PTS
Hyden/Karlgarin 2 2 0 0 317 88 360.23 8
Bruce Rock 2 2 0 0 210 81 259.26 8
Kulin/Kondinin 2 2 0 0 258 139 185.61 8
Southern Cross 2 1 1 0 179 144 124.31 4
Burracoppin 2 1 1 0 170 181 93.92 4
Corrigin 2 0 2 0 133 226 58.85 0
Nukarni 2 0 2 0 123 304 40.46 0
Narembeen 2 0 2 0 54 281 19.22 0
Football
Eastern District Football League
C. Eva 1, C. Rendell 1, M. Hooper 1.
Burracoppin FC: C. Davey 2, C. Gardiner 1, K.
Hayden 1, K. Hayden 1, S. Watson 1.
Best
Corrigin FC: S. Wallwork, B. Hayes, L. Smith, J.
Charlton, R. Hill.
Burracoppin FC: S. Watson, J. Stevens, C. Daddow,
B. Neal, K. Hayden.
Hyden/Karlgarin 1.2, 6.3, 9.4, 12.6 (78) d.
Narembeen 4.1, 4.1, 6.4, 8.5 (53)
Goals
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: R. Sprigg 3, B. Smith 2, G.
Higgins 2, T. James 1, M. Rogers 1, C. Mudge 1, J.
Whitwell 1, C. Walton 1.
Narembeen FC: D. Hayter 2, B. Hunter 1, S.
Cummins 1, L. Brown 1, J. Keeble 1, L. Duffy 1, R.
Wandel 1.
Best
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: K. James, T. James, R. Sprigg,
C. Walton, J. Booker.
Narembeen FC: C. Sprigg, R. Wandel, L. McWha,
P. Cowan, L. Brown.
Kulin/Kondinin 4.0, 8.1, 9.2, 11.4 (70) d. Nukarni
0.0, 1.0, 5.1, 10.2 (62)
Goals
Kulin/Kondinin FC: K. Beagley 3, A. Scadding 3, H.
Bennier 2, R. Steers 1, J. Wilson 1, J. Green 1.
Nukarni FC: None supplied.
Best
Kulin/Kondinin FC: J. Green, R. Steers, K. Beagley,
B. Argent, M. Henry.
Nukarni FC: None supplied.
League
Round 9 Results
Southern Cross 3.2, 12.7, 13.9, 20.10 (130) d.
Burracoppin 4.2, 5.2, 11.7, 13.8 (86)
Goals
Southern Cross FC: N. Reghenzani 6, C. Nind 5, J.
Harvey 3, J. Della Bosca 2, D. Stephen 2, R.
Blackman 1, G. Ugle 1.
Burracoppin FC: J. Downsborough 5, J. Lindroth 2,
M. Baltovich 2, T. Rutherford 1, J. Kimpton 1, S.
Watson 1, B. Dixon 1.
Best
Southern Cross FC: A. Henry, R. Blackman, M.
Goes, N. Reghenzani, D. Lubcke
Burracoppin FC: D. Lowe, B. Dixon, J. Lindroth, B.
Swanson, M. Nind
Hyden/Karlgarin 7.2, 14.7, 21.14, 29.14 (188) d.
Nukarni 3.2, 4.3, 8.4, 10.6 (66)
Goals
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: L. Reilly 5, A. James 5, M.
Ehlers 4, T. James 4, D. Ehlers 4, C. Shadbolt 3, C.
Hughes 3, L. Mouritz 1
Nukarni FC: J. Lombardini 3, S. Hooper 2, B.
Wegner 2, A. Ayles 1, T. Rogers 1, H. Onn 1
Best
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: T. James, L. Reilly, D. Ehlers,
A. James, C. Hughes
Nukarni FC: F. James, J. Lombardini, H. Hooper, T.
Rogers, A. Ayles
Bruce Rock 6.4, 10.6, 15.11, 23.14 (152) d.
Narembeen 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 5.2 (32)
Goals
Bruce Rock FC: L. Sedgwick 10, M. Seeds 4, L.
Berendsen 4, M. Gilbert 2, J. Butler 1, J. Newnham
1, J. Lee 1
Narembeen FC: None supplied
EDFL Reserves Ladder
EDFL League Ladder
Best
Bruce Rock FC: J. Lee, L. Sedgwick, L. Berendsen,
M. Gilbert, C. Chapman
Narembeen FC: None supplied
Kulin/Kondinin 2.3, 13.8, 15.9, 21.16 (142) d.
Corrigin 3.4, 4.6, 8.9, 12.10 (82)
Goals
Kulin/Kondinin FC: S. Duckworth 7, J. Grabski 4,
A. Strijk 3, T. Browning 2, T. Biglin 2, S. Browning
1, A. Repacholi 1, J. Shaddick 1
Corrigin FC: T. Smith 3, C. Harding 3, K. Hewett 2,
D. Gervas 1, J. Charlton 1, B. Fetherstonhaugh 1, J.
Cusworth 1
Best
Kulin/Kondinin FC: T. Biglin, J. Shaddick, M.
Crisp, J. Grabski, S. Duckworth
Corrigin FC: J. Charlton, T. Guiness, M. Robinson,
S. Hathway, D. Gervas
Reserves
Southern Cross 2.2, 7.2, 8.2, 11.6 (72) d.
Burracoppin 4.1, 4.3, 8.7, 8.9 (57)
Goals
Southern Cross FC: B. Bennell 6, S. Hart 2, R.
Stevens 1, D. Trott 1, B. Brunalli 1
Burracoppin FC: K. Hayden 2, S. Watson 2, J.
Stevens 1, S. Hutchings 1, B. Jones 1, C. Davey 1
Best
Southern Cross FC: A. Steel, N. Park, D. Trott, B.
Bennell, J. Gouge
Burracoppin FC: B. Millington, J. Stevens, H.
Abdullah, C. Daddow, K. Hayden
Nukarni 0.2, 3.4, 6.8, 12.11 (83) d. Hyden/
Karlgarin 1.3, 3.4, 5.5, 5.6 (36)
Goals
Nukarni FC: M. Harrod 3, K. Swarts 2, A. Sharp 1,
K. de Lacy 1, C. Smith 1, K. Wilcox 1, B. Morris 1,
J. White 1
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: G. Higgins 2, B. Humphry 1, J.
Whitwell 1, T. James 1
Best
Nukarni FC: J. White, C. Wilkins, K. Wilcox, A.
Sharp, J. Fuller
Hyden/Karlgarin FC: T. James, J. Booker, B.
Humphry, J. Whitwell, G. Muir
Narembeen 2.0, 3.2, 5.3, 5.6 (36) d. Bruce Rock
3.2, 3.3, 3.3, 4.7 (31)
Goals
Narembeen FC: None supplied
Bruce Rock FC: D. Bow 2, R. Ugle 1, S. Wickham 1
Best
Narembeen FC: None supplied
Bruce Rock FC: R. Ugle, S. Woods, J. Price, M.
Joshua, L. Cotter
Kulin/Kondinin 2.9, 4.16, 10.21, 11.21 (87) d.
Corrigin 2.0, 2.2, 2.2, 4.4 (28)
Goals
Kulin/Kondinin FC: K. Spurgeon 4, T. Bennier 2, J.
Green 2, A. Scadding 1, B. Argent 1, B. Argent 1
Corrigin FC: T. Difulvio 1, K. Mellow 1, O.
McLeary 1, O. Stone 1
Best
Kulin/Kondinin FC: J. Green, K. Spurgeon, B.
Argent, A. Scadding, M. Henry
Corrigin FC: O. McLeary, J. Squiers, T. Di Fulvio, J.
Rogers, C. Szczecinski
24 THE PHOENIX Friday, July 31st, 2020
By TREVOR WATERHOUSE
On Saturday the 18
th
of July the
members played for the Hutton &
Northey trophy in a stableford
competition and the winner with 34
points was Duane Crabb and the
runner up with 33 points was Len
Merredin Golf Club
Golf
Jones. Other good scores were
recorded by Glen Crees and Alby
Koper with 32 points each.
Novelties on the day were on hole
number 8 nearest the pin Alby
Koper, the longest putt on hole
number 9 was Kerry (Kezza) Hunter,
best 2
nd
shot on hole number 14 was
Nino Caporaso, the longest putt on
hole number 18 Trevor Waterhouse
and the birdie hole was number 5
and as there was no winner the pool
has jackpotted for another week.
The Elders Insurance team of Matt
and James Morris sponsored the
stableford competition held on
Saturday the 25
th
of July and the
winner was Nino Caporaso with 37
points and the runner up was Glen
Crees with 36 points. Other good
scores were recorded by Adrian
Irving, Mathew Motzel and David
Thompson with 33 points each.
Novelties on the day were nearest the
pin on hole number 4 Glen Crees,
best 2
nd
shot on hole number 6 Gary
Anderson, nearest the pin on hole
number 8 Syd Crees, longest putt on
hole number 10 Kylie Crabb, best 3
rd
shot hole number 11 Rob Gearing,
best 2
nd
shot hole number 13 Glen
Crees and the birdie hole was
number 10 and as there was no
winner once again the pool has
jackpotted for another week.
Congratulations to Darren ONeill
who won the mens section of the
Nungarin Masters held on Sunday
the 26
th
of July and the runner up
was Trevor Waterhouse and Matt
Jacobson was third in the gross.
The fixture on Saturday the 1
st
of
August is the first round of the Club
Championships and Saturday the 8
th
of August is a Stableford competition
for the Olympic Motel Trophy.
A fixture to put on every golfers
calendar is a 4 person Ambrose
competition played under the
scramble rules to held on Saturday
the 15
th
August.
Handicap requirements (for mixed
Ambrose event)
The four team members
aggregate GA Handicap must
total at least 32.0.
A maximum of two single figure
handicap (9.9 or less) players are
allowed in each team.
The aggregate Handicap is
divided by 8 to determine the
team Handicap. The resulting
figure is then subtracted from the
teams score for the Ambrose 18
-hole event
Other terms and conditions for
this event will be announced on
the day.
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