COVID-19 MEDIA RELEASE 25 MARCH 2020
Media Release attached and web link here: https://mailchi.mp/934c3ca71247/update-2877073
BAIN ESTATE APPLICATIONS CLOSE 3 APRIL 2020 AT 12NOON
Bain Estate Applications close 3 April 2020 at 12noon. For those applying, please remember to contact Mary-Ann Davidson before submitting your application on 9863 4012.
Further information can be found athttps://www.dumbleyung.wa.gov.au/bain-estate-future-fund
In May 2013 the Shire of Dumbleyung was the sole beneficiary to the Estate of Ian Bain. The will contained a wish that the money be used to assist sporting groups, emergency organisations and hospital services within the shire; however the wish does not impose an obligation to restrict spending to these three areas. The intention of Council is for the Bain Estate Distribution to be used for the benefit of the shire over a thirty year period of time. The aim is to distribute the money to the community in similarly equal distributions over the thirty year period, taking into account the time value of money.
DEFIBRILLATOR LOCATIONS IN SHIRE
St John’s Ambulance Sub Centre Dumbleyung
Dumbleyung Bowling Club
Dumbleyung Ag Supplies
Dumbleyung Swimming Pool
Dumbleyung Hotel The G.O.D.I
Dumbleyung & District Men’s Shed
Dumbleyung Lake at the Yacht Club
Dumbleyung Lake at the Ski Club
Dumbleyung Golf Club
Bunge Grain Services Kukerin
Kukerin Practical Pistol Club
Kukerin Town Oval
St John’s WA Kukerin Sub Centre
Kukerin General Store
ST JOHN FIRST RESPONDER APP
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Pinpointing your exact location can become difficult in an emergency situation. The St John First Responder App sends your GPS coordinates to the operator when you call Triple 000 for an ambulance, speeding up the time it takes to confirm your location and dispatch and ambulance.
Over 200,000 Western Australians have downloaded the app which also contains a number of other resources, including:
HOUSES FOR RENT
Well aged units available for rent:
42A Manser Street, Kukerin: 2 Bed, 1 Bathroom $150 per week
23 Manser Street, Kukerin: 2 Bed, 1 Bathroom $150 per week
1/32 Bath Street, Kukerin: 2 Bed, 1 Bathroom $150 per week
2/32 Bath Street, Kukerin: 2 Bed, 1 Bathroom $150 per week
27B Manser Street, Kukerin: 2 Bed, 1 Bathroom $140 per week
READ THE MOST RECENT LAKE EXPRESS NEWSLETTER HERE:https://mailchi.mp/edb16b9fde33/shire-newsletter-lake-express-2862557
DPIRD and CSIRO mapping extent of salt-affect land
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (previously Agriculture & Food) have partnered with CSIRO to map the current extent of salt-affected land in the south-west agricultural region. Landsat satellite imagery is being used to repeat the Land Monitor project that produced maps of salt-affected land in 1988–92 and 1996–2000. The goal of the project is to determine if dryland salinity is increasing and where the increase is happening.
The first draft of the 2016-2018 Land Monitor salinity map is now being evaluated. The map shows four categories of low productivity land that may be salt-affected. The map does not distinguish between moderately and severely salt-affected areas. An example of the draft salinity map is shown below.
Work will identify areas incorrectly mapped as salt-affected and areas that are known to be salt-affected which do not appear on the draft map. Feed-back will also try to reduce the inclusion of non-productive land that may be mis-classified as salt-affected in the draft maps such as bare soil, water logging and farm infrastructure. Capturing this information will help increase the accuracy of the map which uses multiple years of Spring imagery to define the areas of consistent low productivity.
DPIRD staff displayed the draft Land Monitor map at Wagin Woolorama on the 6th and 7th March and landholders were keen to compare the map with their local knowledge. DPIRD had planned to display the map at all the major agricultural shows, however Mingenew Midwest Expo and Dowerin Field Days have already been cancelled due to the COVID-19 risk. To the best of our knowledge, Newdegate Machinery Field Days will still run in September. Despite being unable to show the draft map at the agricultural shows, DPIRD still need to provide feedback to improve the map. DPIRD staff will be out and about field checking the map between now and spring, our engagement with landholders will be governed by cropping work schedules and advice on COVID-19 risk.
A new map of the extent and trends of salinity is expected in mid-2021.
Article by Dr Paul Raper | Research Scientist
Water Science, Agricultural Resource Management and Assessment Sustainability and Biosecurity
t +61 (0)8 9780 6295 | m 0447 953 158 | w dpird.wa.gov.au
During these stressful times there are many things you can do to help yourself and those around you get through it.
Go back to the basics - sleep a bit more if possible, drink more water, eat well and maybe in smaller portions, a bit more often as it can be harder for the body to digest efficiently during stressful times.
Be aware of your thought processes and find tips and techniques to create positive self-talk and reduce the mind clutter.
Have technology free times.
Realise that with the season change there is more chance of sniffles and colds. This is generally what happens. Keep the immune system as healthy as possible. Self-care is in your hands, very literally these days.
Spend social media and media free time periods - even just for an hour or two. Check in to see what is happening from a reputable source once or twice a day but otherwise get on with your business and reduce the white noise.
We don’t function at optimum during these times. Take time out to have a quick break throughout the day and encourage those around you or at work to do the same.
Get some fresh air, send a quick message of support to a loved one or check in on someone you may be concerned about.
Allow and encourage those around you to do the same.
Meditation is a great tool and easier than you imagine. There are some great apps available. If the mind is going overtime then walking meditation could be the perfect solution. All too hard? Then just walking on the grass or dirt in bare feet is a great way to ground yourself.
Whilst many sporting and social events have been cancelled we can still stay together as a community by doing a virtual form of them during the typical scheduled time. These can be streamed with other team mates and new groups for fitness can be formed.
Another untapped resource is your imagination.
Children needn’t be around during ‘those’ conversations or tv ‘updates’ or sensationalised media. Insulate younger ones from this and create a space of tranquillity and calm for yourself and them, even if only occasionally. Whilst children can be very resilient it is important to remember they can be like sponges, absorbing the tensions and strength of conversations around them. Lead by example - if you are able to stay calm and focussed with a positive attitude they will more likely be able to.
Tap into your hidden resource.
Bringing awareness to the breath and deep breathing are simple yet incredibly effective ways to reduce stress and calm the mind. They also help reduce stiffness, especially tight shoulder and neck muscles.
Fear is normal, especially in times like this. Find ways to be ‘normal’ in each day - watching the sunrise or sunset reminds us that the world does go on and that there is beauty all around us. Take time to smell the roses!
There may be times like last Friday where phones and data can’t be relied upon. The power might go out at times too. Find fun ways and contingencies to deal with this likelihood.
We are fortunate to have such a strong community - let’s use it to stay connected and cohesive.
Focus on how you would like the world to be post this event. How would you like it to feel, look like, act, be.
You are stronger and more resilient than you think.
We will get through this and are so fortunate to have each other and community!
This too shall pass.
Article by Davina Gossage
With lots of uncertainty around business and changes rapidly occurring given Covid-19 it’s exciting to share a good news business story in that there is a new business in town! We had the opportunity to ask Broadacre Auto Electrics a few questions and used emails and technology to get around the social distancing rules to learn what local and owner Caleb Murray hopes to bring and offer here in our Shire and surrounds!
Question. What is Broadacre Auto Electrics? What do you offer and what can people expect?
Answer. Broadacre Auto Electrics is an owner operator business that offers auto electrical and air-conditioning services to our Shire and surrounds. Services available are electrical diagnostics, accessory fitting, air condition repair and servicing, repairs on starting and charging circuits.
Any of my customers can expect the highest quality workmanship and I pride my self on treating every job as if it were my own vehicle. Neatness is a priority to ensure the wiring looks as if it came standard!
Question. There’s a huge range of makes and models that you can work on, do you specialise in anything in particular and/or what makes models has your training included?
Answer. Over the past seven years during my trade, I have worked on a large range of vehicles – from as small as a compressor through to as large as a CAT D1 Dozer. With experience in light vehicles, farm machinery and trucks. If you’re unsure I’m always happy to discuss over the phone to see if it’s a job I can assist with!
Question. Do you travel, fit and supply products for a job?
Answer. Currently, Broadacre Auto Electrics is 100% mobile and our vehicle/trailer is designed and ready with the tools for the job. I can supply and fit new quality parts or fit parts supplied by the customer. As we’re completely mobile no place is too far or too close and can service from Katanning to Yealaring. Please contact to check if we visit your area!
Question. Given the environment and a lot of changes for many businesses, It’s great to see a new business in town! How long have you had your business been established and why the name Broadacre?
Answer. Broadacre Auto Electrics has been operating for just over a year though the name of the business had much older ties and actually originated as the name of grandfathers farm. As a fourth generation Murray to be involved in farming I saw it very fitting to name the business after the farm as I chose to go in a different direction within the Agriculture Industry.
Prior to the business and upon finishing my trade in 2017 I was also recognised as Apprentice of the Year – an achievement I hold highly and which pushed me to continue working in this industry and start a business of my own.
Thanks to Caleb for completing our short Q&A advertorial! It’s awesome to see a new business in town and hope this new service can help you in times of need whether personally or in business. If you’d like to utilise Caleb’s services or for a quote please contact Broadacre Auto Electrics today by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Caleb on 0475 521 563.
There may be discussion of no AFL this season and gyms and indoor sporting areas may be closed for the meantime, but glass half full, the Stubbs Park Committee look to provide great sporting facilities for the future.
Like last year the Stubbs Park Committee are planning to put a crop in at Ken & Robbie McDougall’s block south of Dumbleyung (Bibiking Road). This year the program has been upped to 200ha with canola to be sown. Though before the crop goes in the committee have organised a busy bee. They need your help to remove rock piles and fences in preparation for seeding. Loaders and trucks are needed, and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
The busy bee is scheduled to take place next Wednesday April 1 at 1pm and you can meet in the paddock. If you can help and/or for more information/directions please contact Lee Smith on 0427 637 242.
Last year’s efforts saw a 377T of Rosalind Barley delivered to CBH at Dumbleyung – a great effort by all involved and an awesome contribution by the community to help secure funding for the planned upgrades to our current sporting ground/facility. Building a bigger, brighter and sport filled future for many generations to come.
The C Word, COVID-19/Corona Virus. You’ve no doubt heard it on the radio, seen it discussed on the TV or read it on online and unfortunately, the CRC will be impacted by the rapidly changing environment of COVID-19 with changes to our opening hours and services.
As you are all aware Australia has entered into unchartered territory and we write this as we face trying and unprecedented times. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a decision which we believe follows the Government and Health advice and regulations and is a priority for the safety and wellbeing for everyone in our community.
Effective as of 4.30pm today (Wednesday March 25th 2020) the Dumbleyung CRC will be closing its doors to the public and ceasing the delivery of face to face services, including the Dumbleyung Public Library, until further notice. CRC Coordinator, Ally will be working behind the scenes checking emails and answering the phone (we plan to divert the CRC phone) to help those we can remotely.
The Quack Chat will continue to be published on a Wednesday to help share any local updates and any news stories. Though no hard copy versions will be available (that means no in store collection or posted Quack Chats until further notice) and the format may be slightly different/condensed.
We plan to be more active online to keep you, our community connected! So please like/follow us on Facebook (search Dumbleyung CRC) and/or visit our website www.dumbleyungcrc.com. Free wifi will also be available 24/7 from just outside the building to access Centrelink, myGov etc. online from your own devices.
What does this mean for upcoming workshops and events?
Regrettably, tonight’s ‘Effective Meetings ToolKit’ workshop will be our last workshop/event held locally and we will utilise video conference technology to bring this course to those who have registered. To date, next week’s AusChem Accreditation course is going ahead though the location has been moved and will now be hosted and facilitated on campus at Katanning TAFE (not in Dumbleyung). Please contact Katanning TAFE to confirm your registration on 9821 6444 and for further updates. All other future workshop/events have been placed on hold.
We want to reassure you that while working remotely, we are committed to doing what we can to help you, ensure the health of all (staff and community) and the ongoing future of the CRC.
Please continue to show that strong community spirit we know is within our Shire, look out for one another, care for your neighbours and show kindness and support. Stay calm and stay healthy!
Article on behalf of the CRC Committee
Pictured above: Dudinin-Toolibin Tennis Club adhere to the social distancing rules for their celebratory club photo after winning this year’s Grand final
Amidst no power, social distancing and recent thunderstorms the grand final for the Dumbleyung - Toolibin Tennis Association proceeded last Sunday 22nd March 2020 at Dudinin. This event may have been the last group sport played in the district prior to the shut downs due to the Corona virus/Covid-19 pandemic.
Showing what a resilient group of community minded people can do, the Dudinin Tennis Club not only hosted the much anticipated final in trying circumstances but also managed to come away with a convincing win. Western Power had chosen grand final day to do major works and change a number of power poles on the main line. Whilst not the most convenient timing, locals did a Pollyanna, grabbed a generator, and were appreciative that they may have reliable power moving forward.
After last year’s loss to Kukerin at Kukerin, Dudinin were keen to give it all they had. Captains Clinton Mullan and Jo Doney had spent a lot of time in the tactical think tank, working around a few injuries and old man issues. Their careful planning paid off. Although the games were close, Kukerin was 10 sets to Dudinin’s 12 sets going into the ever popular and hard fought mixed.
Dudinin coupled up well and won all but 2 sets in the mixed, running away with a solid win; the final result being Dudinin 22 sets 184 games to Kukerin 12 sets 165 games.
The set score doesn’t give justice to Kukerin and the excellent tennis played with long deuce games and many a tie-breaker.
Presentations were held outside, which worked well considering the limit of 1 person per 4 square metre inside and the 1 metre social distancing stipulation.
Association President, Kukerin’s Nigel Faulkner, presented ‘The Flag’ to Dudinin Captain Clinton Mullan. It will look great next to the other flags proudly displayed in the club house. The shield seemed to be missing in action yet again, and rumours were that Kukerin thought they might be keeping it so forgot to ‘pop it in the car’.
Jamie Dare and Megan Henry attended the day and worked with the captains to run the courts.
The food was exceptional and enjoyed by all. Gloves, hand sanitizer and paper towels (and fortunately enough toilet paper) were the order of the day.
Apparently, it’s about the tennis, but the food does come a very close second! Special mention to Elise Mullan and Mel Miller who went beyond the call of duty given the circumstances and organised magnificent pulled pork and coleslaw gourmet buns which attendees managed to squeeze in after the incredible afternoon tea spread supplied by both clubs, chased by a myriad of savouries provided by the host club.
Carmen Bairstow, Dumbleyung, was awarded the coveted Liz and Owen Dare shield for the most number of sets won over the season with 26 sets. The joint runners up on 24 sets were Kukerin’s Ross Gooding and Nathan Ditchburn.
Jamie Dare presented the shield on behalf of his parents and as Carmen was unable to attend due to self isolation Megan Henry read Carmen’s heartwarming speech (see full speech in Sports Update).
Well done to both Dudinin and Kukerin. Congratulations to all finals players and those absent who helped get the team there.
Best wishes and thoughts to all of the tennis community, here and across the world, and all in general, as we continue to self isolate and go closer to lock down. May you stay safe, well and sane. Don’t forget that a tennis ball is an amazing item and can be used for so much more than just playing tennis, including muscle and stress relief. Stay connected and share your favourite tennis ball moment!
Article by Davina Gossage
Staff and committee of the Dumbleyung CRC along with community members and volunteers contribute to the weekly Quack Chat Newsletter.