New chef at Stringybark brings success

Mary and Bruce Cussen of Stringybark have a lot to celebrate. The restaurant and winery has just won the trophy for best Dry Red Table wine at the 2014 Swan Valley Wine competition. The winning wine was their 2012 Cabernet Shiraz produced by Ryan Sudano (winemaker). Ryan is a highly celebrated winemaker having won the […]

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Bindoon Bangers voted best in region

The new owners of Bindoon Fresh Meats, Craig and Rita Herbert have been basking in awards since taking over the shop a few months ago. Their newly improved ‘Bindoon Banger’ was selected as a winner of the Gourmet/open section of the Regional Sausage King Competition which is run by the Australian Meat Industry Association. What […]

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Bindoon Primary School achieves IPS status

Bindoon Primary School will be amongst a record intake of 178 schools that will operate under the flexible Independent Public Schools model from next year. Announcing the schools last week, Education Minister Peter Collier said the new intake would mean around 70 per cent of all WA public school students would be learning in Independent […]

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Bindoon School 60th Anniversary Celebrations

Bindoon Primary School’s 60th Anniversary celebrations were held on Friday 8 August with an open school, assembly and afternoon tea celebrating the proud history of this small school. A number of former students, including some of the school’s first pupils from 1954, and staff attended and seemed delighted to examine the school’s memorabilia, including a […]

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Muchea land for lease

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Hon Ken Baston MLC met with the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority Board last week to discuss, among other things, the Muchea Livestock Centre Precinct. WAMIA Chairman, David Lock said, “The Prospectus includes important aspects of the Precinct including Zoning, Permitted Uses under the Shire of Chittering Planning Scheme […]

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Northlink WA engages the community

The $1.12b Northlink WA project has progressed to a new milestone having recently completed a communications roadshow. NorthLink WA has also created several reference groups to ensure that as far as possible, the final design reflects and addresses community and stakeholder priorities. These groups will include environmental, drainage, freight and road haulage and community representation. […]

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2015 Feast on Northern Valleys

The inaugural ‘Feast on Northern Valleys Flavours’ calendar is well underway, and will be available to buy at the ‘Maggies Place’ stall the Bindoon and Districts agricultural show in October. The calendar features 12 beautifully photographed dishes which feature local produce, as well as lists of in-season produce for each month and the first ever […]

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Bindoon historical vehicle day

Sunday 14th September (during the Wildflower Festival) 9am-4pm. On the Bindoon town oval Great Northern Hwy The Bindoon & District Historical Museum are conducting their annual Vintage Vehicle Day at the Bindoon oval on Sunday 14th September 2014 commencing at 9:00am through to 3:00pm. Entry is free however a gold coin donation will assist in […]

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Rates rumble

On Monday 11th August, around 200 Chittering residents came together at the Muchea Town Hall to express their frustrations with the recent rate rise. Specifically they were concerned about the additional charge for waste collection that many will now incur. Many residents were also seeking to better understand the pending change of rating model from […]

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Safer passageway for high loads on Great Northern Highway

Western Power has begun a $328,000 project to improve the safety of the electricity network and access for vehicles carrying high loads when travelling on Great Northern Highway. Western Power’s Head of Field Operations Brad Lacey said the project, which was being completed on behalf of Main Roads WA, involved the removal of powerlines that […]

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Burnt boardwalk scheduled for repair

The Shire of Gingin has awarded the tender to construct and repair a large section of boardwalk on the Jim Gordon VC Trail in the centre of Gingin which was destroyed by fire in January 2014. The preferred contractor will construct 138 metres of the timber boardwalk that requires replacing and/or repairing. The replacement and […]

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21st Chittering Wildflower Festival

Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th September 2014 The four day Chittering Wildflower Festival is on this month – just in time to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beautiful wildflowers of our region. Coordinated by the Chittering Visitor Centre the festival offers a great programme of events to for everyone to enjoy including an […]

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Bindoon Show coming

This year’s Bindoon show is coming up fast, and will take place on Saturday 18 October 2014, with admission by gold coin donation. If you haven’t got your schedule yet, pick one up from one several locations around Bindoon town or go to the website www.bindoonshow.com, and start preparing your entries! There will be an […]

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Producing Prime Beef – from paddock to plate

The Dewar family has been farming cattle in the Gingin District since the early 1850s. Arthur Dewar, principal of Barleyfield Beef, represents the fourth generation of Dewar cattle producers in the area. Together Arthur and his partner Diane Haggerty, manage Barleyfield Beef. Arthur is no doubt the cattle expert having an exceptional high level of […]

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Taste of Chittering – Sunday 24th August

‘Taste’ is the Shire of Chittering’s annual showcase of ‘all things Chittering’ – in one place on one day. This year’s event is ‘with a citrus twist’ to celebrate our rich orange growing history and will be held on Sunday 24 August at the Lower Chittering Hall. Once again, entry is FREE with a gold […]

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Grass vs Grain

The question of whether grass or grain fed beef is better is a hotly contended issue, and all passionate cattle farmers will tell you their way is best. Perhaps it is. Different breeds have different feed requirements and different seasons determine the need for supplementary feeding. Most farmers respond to the requirements of their herd […]

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Ken Aitken to lead Empire Oil & Gas

We welcomed the opportunity to meet with the new CEO of Empire Oil & Gas Ken Aitken. Ken has all the credentials you would expect of a new mining executive. He has extensive knowledge of WA’s oil and gas industry through his senior roles with Origin, Mitsui, Apache and New Standard Energy as well as […]

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Beef in the black

The grass is slick with rain at David and Sara Roe’s 1930 hectare grazing property Benalong, west of Gingin, and their handsome black angus cattle look smug with contentment. “It’s the best season we’ve had since 2005,” comments David, “with a solid start and regular rain events to date. We will still need a good […]

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Gingin masters match success

The masters fund-raising game held at the recent Mortlock Gingin Eagles versus Calingiri Cougars match was a huge success. On a glorious sunny winter’s day crowds came to show their support for burns victim Michael Gunton – even GWN TV cameras were there taking news footage. The event raised $3,656 which added to previous fund-raising […]

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Health centre tender awarded

The news is all good as far as progress on the Bindoon multi-purpose health centre. The construction of the main road to the medical centre has commenced (near Ferguson House on Great Northern Highway). This will provide access during construction and will be sealed once the building is completed. The contractor for building works was […]

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