• Is this the end of (country) life as we know it?

    Residents in the picturesquely undulating hills of Chittering are reeling at the prospect of losing their homes, business, heritage sites ...

US rancher shares his story of a fracking nightmare

Jane Hammond More than 100 people attended public meetings in Moora and Dandaragan on April 22 to hear the first-hand account of US rancher John Fenton’s life in a fracked gasfield. Mr Fenton told the meetings how his hair and eyebrows had fallen out after exposure to air pollutants from a blowout on one of […]

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Moora Horse Trials 2016

Over the weekend of 30 April and 1 May Moora hosted the Moora Toyota Horse Trials, drawing 292 horses and over 500 riders and spectators to town. The Moora region was represented by 12 junior and senior riders; some riders attending their first ever One Day Event and others achieving personal best results. With a […]

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Country Mauy Thai beating the best

Bullsbrook-based Muay Thai trainer Brian Kingwell is proud as punch to be recently named Trainer of the Year in WA, but he’s even prouder of the fantastic results of his students in recent months. After moving to Bullsbrook 17 years ago, Brian, who lived and trained in Thailand before competing on the Australian circuit, gave […]

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Raspberry fields forever

As dawn breaks over the sea of polytunnels at Costa Group’s newest berry farm west of Gingin, a tide of workers arrive on site to gather the daily bounty from row upon row of heavilyladen vines. They will carefully hand-pick approximately 100 tonne of ruby red raspberries and 300 tonne of brilliantly blue blueberries during […]

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Crossing the finishing line

A fabulous day on March 13 at Moora when 75 racers participated at the 2016 Triathlon. Competitors travelled from across the Northern Valleys from the Shire of Chittering, Gingin, Dandaragan, Victoria Plains to join Moora for their 11th triathlon. Once again a well run family friendly event which offered competitors a chance to progress their personal […]

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Moora Chamber of Commerce Sundowner at Hendo’s Plumbing and Gas.

The Moora Chamber of Commerce held a sundowner at Hendo’s Plumbing & Gas on 11/03/16. Glenn showcased his workshop and the improvements made and Amy explained how the business started and highlighted how far they have come in the last 10 years. One of the significant features of the business is that Amy and Glenn […]

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Gingin Bull Sale

Buyers reached deep into their pockets at the 28th Annual Midland Cattle Breeders’ Association Gingin Bull Sale held on Thursday 3 March. 78 bulls were offered and 60 sold in the multi-breed sale which offered Black Angus, Limousin, Gelbvieh, Murray Grey and Speckle Park stock. Black Angus were strongly represented with the top price of […]

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Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan sparks controversy

A public information session outlining the state government’s draft ‘Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 Million (PPGP).’ was held on Wednesday 23 March at the Bendigo Complex Club Room in Gingin. A representative from the Department of Premier and Cabinet presented the plan which has been in development for nearly four years to […]

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Full Mobile Black Spot Program schedule announced

Details of the locations and time-frames of the 128 new and upgraded mobile phone towers to be delivered across regional WA though the Mobile Black Spot Program have been announced. The $385 million program is a joint initiative involving the Royalties for Regions funded Regional Telecommunications Project and the Commonwealth Government. Member for Moore Shane […]

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Walk for Waist

The charismatic Tony Bader walked through the Northern Valleys region this month, just a small segment of the epic trek around Australia he has pledged to achieve in a quest to both get fit and do his bit to keep Australia beautiful along the way. This is how Tony himself tells the story, “Over the […]

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A genuinely good egg

Collecting freshly-laid eggs is one of the great joys of country life, and whilst this daily ritual has become somewhat larger-scale for Robyn and Lindsay Cousins lately it’s clearly no less satisfying. In the last two years their backyard chook-run has hatched into a fully-fledged egg production business diversifying income from their broad-acre farm in […]

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MMPIG enjoys AGM dinner beneath at full moon at Berkshire

Everyone brought an extra woolly for the Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group’s AGM dinner held in the scenic courtyard of the historic Berkshire Valley homestead on Feb 23rd. The evening chill didn’t deter nearly 60 MMPIG members from attending and all tables were filled to capacity. Tony White, MMPIG Chairman said “Once again I feel very […]

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Leading the way at Bindoon Primary School

Congratulations to all these students who have accepted leadership positions for the 2016 school year! Each year students at Bindoon Primary School are given the opportunity to undertake leadership roles by nominating for Student Council, becoming Faction Captains and Vice Captains and leading our choir as Choir Captains.  Our school believes every child has the […]

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Beermullah Stable Fly Meeting

The stable fly pest continues to cause agitated concern amongst local landholders, most recently in the Beermullah region of the Gingin Shire.  It seems that this summer has been a particularly bad one for stock owners, with cattle, horses and dogs being badly affected by the biting pests. There have been 45 complaints to the […]

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Scholarship helps make Haylee Slater’s university dreams a reality

Gingin resident, Haylee’s academic dreams will become a reality, thanks to one of Australia’s leading scholarship programs. The Gingin Community Bank® Branch and Lancelin branch Scholarship is awarded to first-time tertiary students whose financial circumstances might mean that a university degree is out of their reach. Ms Slater said she was thrilled to be able […]

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Two outstanding Chittering residents recognised at WAFarmers awards night

Eight individuals, including two Chittering residents were recognised for their dedication and service towards the Federation and the Western Australian agricultural sector at the annual WAFarmers Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony held on 19 February. WAFarmers President Tony York said the award recipients had demonstrated outstanding commitment towards the farming advocacy group and towards furthering […]

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New Norcia in world news

On 11 February a diverse group of over 80 people gathered to inaugurate a new dish antenna located at the European Space Agency’s tracking station at New Norcia. Members of the Benedictine Community New Norcia, neighboring farmers and local, regional and national representatives, including Mr Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, joined […]

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Farmers helping farmers

Farmers and residents in the Wannamal and Mogumber districts have rallied around to assist those farmers who are fire affected in Waroona and Yarloop. Local residents Max Smith and Rob Anspach, co-ordinated a fund raising appeal to purchase hay and fodder to send to the farmers in need. “We know that keeping feed up to […]

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Grow and build your own house

“We simply love our straw bale home that did not cost the earth, literally, we used recycled materials from the foundations up,” says John Glassford, of Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions. “We can say that we have used 80-85% recycled materials – mainly from left-over materials from old homesteads that we pulled down for our clients, […]

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Gingin celebrates World Wetlands Day

Wetlands are wonderful and not just because they play important roles in providing ecosystem services that keep our landscapes healthy and productive. Wetlands support industries such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism – by supplying water for crops, stock and people; helping maintain water quality, providing habitat for commercial as well as native species, and […]

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