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Congratulations Raylene!

What started out as a love of netball at 16 turned into 30-plus years of dedication and devotion to the Bindoon Netball Club. Last week Raelene Kay was recognised for her dedication and devotion to the club and was awarded the prestigious Life Membership by the club’s two existing Life Members, Dawn Kay and Sallie […]

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Jack’s riding high at No.1

Thirteen-year-old Jack Collins of Muchea is enjoying a stint as Australia’s number one Junior All Round Cowboy on the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA)’s leaderboard this month. Points are accumulated by rodeo competitors throughout the season to qualify for the Australian Nationals – held in Tamworth each January – Jack is currently leading […]

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Designed to grow workshop

A passion for permaculture and the pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle has led Craig and Araluen Hagan to experiment with an aquaponics system which produces both fresh trout and leafy greens in their own backyard using a recycled intermediate bulk container (IBC). They recently held a workshop at their Chittering home showing people how they […]

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Navigating the Free Trade Agreements

Australia currently has in place 9 free trade agreements with more currently under negotiation. Free trade agreements help exporters to be more competitive in a global economy by allowing for a reduction in tariffs (import duties) on goods that we export to certain countries (amongst other benefits) – at its most basic, if a tariff […]

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Targa West Come Alive – Sat 15 August 2015

Over 65 competitors have entered this year’s Quit Targa West event, including seven-time Bathurst winner Jim Richards. The 34 stages will take competitors to Wanneroo, Malaga, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda, Toodyay, Lower Chittering, Bullsbrook and Perth City where they will complete almost 250 competitive kilometres in four days.      

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Launch of NV Agribusiness

Over 30 guests attended the launch of the Northern Valleys Agribusiness, a subcommittee of the Chittering Chamber of Commerce. Guests enjoyed a valuable chance to network with others interested in regional agribusiness over a complimentary glass of Bindoon Estate wine, while enjoying Gingin CU@Park’s hospitality. Hon Shane Love MLA, provided congratulations and encouraging words for […]

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Murray’s motorcycle dream

Bullsbrook resident Murray Manning is intent on completing the restoration of a 1945 BSA motorbike he inherited from his father. Since being diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, the completion of this life-long dream has become urgent and Murray has gratefully recieved over $10,000 in donations so far to help him realise the project. Murray’s father, […]

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Countdown has begun for the inaugural Gingin Science Festival launch!

After many months on the drawing board, the much-heralded Gingin Science Festival will be launched in August. The brainchild of Winthrop Professor David Blair of the University of WA, the Festival could well usher in a new age of scientific appreciation in the Shire of Gingin. The inaugural Festival will be opened officially by Her […]

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Celebrating the citrus season

As WA celebrates the launch of the citrus season I welcomed the opportunity to spend time with local producers, Clem and his wife Jan Densley of Glorivale Orchards. Together they live on a beautiful 40-acre property in Bindoon adjoining Lake Chittering. Their orchard is a wonderful example of the smallscale lifestyle farming that many still […]

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Rolls-Royce –Much more than a car!

Richard and Christina Joyce didn’t let the British weather deter them from attending the recent Gingin Car Day with their 1998 Rolls-Royce. Richard shared, “We always come and will never miss it. Regardless of whether it is a wet day or not you have to support these things otherwise there might be a day when […]

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Chittering Bindoon CWA 70th birthday celebrations

On Friday 22nd May 2015 members of the Chittering Bindoon CWA Branch held their 70th Birthday celebrations at the Bindoon Hall. The function was attended by the CWA State President Mrs Sara Kenny ; CWA International Co-ordinator, Mrs Carolyn Clairs; the Hon. Christian Porter, Federal Minister for Pearce; Cr Robert Hawes, Chittering Shire President; CWA […]

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New Norcia olive grove fruitful again

The Benedictine town of New Norcia is celebrating a bumper olive harvest this year largely thanks to the work of a group of former St Ildephonsus College students who volunteered to resurrect the ageing olive grove 12 years ago. In keeping with his Spanish heritage, Dom Rosendo Salvado planted around 3000 olive trees when he […]

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Local talent tops Mullewa Muster

Many of our talented local riders dominated the results board against some of Australia’s top cowboys and cowgirls at the Mullewa Muster and Rodeo held on 30 May. An estimated 3-4000 spectators flooded the tiny town of Mullewa east of Geraldton to watch the action. Now running for the fourth year, local organising committee member, […]

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Finessing the fleece

Chris Pietraszek was hooked the first time she discovered the unique softness and warmth of alpaca fleece. “I walked into the Toodyay Alpaca Shop (that is no longer) and put my hand into a bag of Suri fleece – and I instantly fell in love,” she recalls fondly. Eighteen months later, in 2005, after extensive […]

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Gingin Groundwater Areas Allocation Plan

Climate-resilient allocation limits and expanded trading rules are two features of a State Government water plan to support future growth and development in five shires north of Perth. The Gingin Groundwater Areas Allocation Plan spans five shires and includes the towns of Bindoon, Chittering, Gingin, Guilderton, Lancelin, Seabird, Dandaragan and Moora. “This is a very […]

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Bindoon added to State’s STED sewerage program

Bindoon is among 10 locations announced as part of a $50 million suite of infill sewerage and Septic Tank Effluent Disposal (STED) schemes by Water Minister Mia Davies recently. Member for Moore Shane Love MLA confirmed the funding would be allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget. Bindoon’s STED system will take in 120 residential lots […]

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It’s so stupid—it’s hard to take it seriously.

I suspect many readers have not spent a lot of time on the SLIP government website.  The complex database works on overlays which provide valuable information such as water, transport etc. There is one overlay which is hard to take seriously given its somewhat unscientific blanket coverage of all wetland areas. I am referring to […]

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Heifer Quality on the Rise in Gingin

The annual Gingin Heifer Competition was held last week on 16 April 2015. Competition was intense with 12 local breeders bringing a high standard of quality to the day. The commercial section was won by local breeder, Steve Neville, with a score of 90 points out of a possible 100 for a pen of four […]

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2015 Anzac ceremony at Victoria Plains

Victoria Plains commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in spectacular style, with a mid morning service which included the 10th Light Horse, a Catafalque Party and a fly pass (both provided by the RAAF), followed by lunch and a special display of local school children’s artwork and ANZAC writings at the Calingiri Hall. […]

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2015 Gingin Anzac

A record crowd attended a wonderful chilly, dawn service at Gingin. Congratulations to the long list of all involved. The new remembrance wall provided a handsome backdrop. Kerryn Harris shared with the audience letters discovered by her mother Pippa Harris, written by one of her relatives. Frederic Edmund Trotter, known as Ed, was an articulate […]

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