February not only saw children return to school but local Margie Ward carried the Commonwealth Games baton during its time in regional WA and over 90 students from Kukerin, Dumbleyung and Nyabing participated in swimming lessons ready for their upcoming carnival! March was jam packed with the annual Wagin Woolorama, Harmony Festival in Katanning and International Women’s Day morning tea at the CRC plus a local wedding at the Lakeview Golf Club for Mr Andrew Shepherd and Mrs Ylana Shepherd (nee. Bairstow).
Taste of Dumbleyung brought the community together in April with live music from Jonny Taylor, a variety of stalls and the inaugural BBQ Masters Cooking Competition! Many enjoyed their school holidays and Easter break at the newly installed bouncing pillow in Kukerin before starting another busy seeding season.
The meeting room at the CRC was kept busy with WANSLEA parenting classes in May and June and MAYyouDARE was back with Howie Ward taking out the top spot and receiving the greatest donations – resulting with him eating a witchetty grub, which was made possible thanks to Wuddi Cultural Tours. The first ‘Shop Local Campaign’ was born in June for an end of financial year reminder to shop and support local! Local and running athlete, Adele Smith also travelled to Vanuatu and returned home with a bronze medal in the 400m – we’re still in awe of this amazing achievement! Well done Adele!
July was big with a public meeting of Live Export in neighbouring town Katanning and local police officer Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg visiting both Kukerin and Dumbleyung Primary Schools to present Cyber Safety session with both parents and students. A celebrity rolled into town in August, as Jonny Cash made an appearance at the Dumbleyung Town Hall! A sell out event many locals and visitors enjoyed the evening with hits including ‘Burning Ring of Fire’ and ‘Jackson’.
August saw the beginning of many finals being played including the Lake Grace Kukerin Hockey Club who won their grand final – well done Souths! Souths also had their very first men’s team who also won their grand final! The Kukerin Dumbleyung Football Club also hosted the UPPER Great Southern Football League Annual dinner and Leo Graham Medal Vote Count – congratulations again to newly inducted life member local Graham (Spock) Taylor.
Kukerin hosted yet another fantastic Creekbed and Burnout Competition with record numbers through the gate! Local Shane Timperley took out top spot in the two wheel drive division and Nick Green placed third in the four wheel drive division – can they go back to back in 2019?
Another win for the Shire was when the Shire of Dumbleyung won the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards in the Heritage and Culture Category! An awesome achievement by all in the community! Spring had sprung in September with beautiful and diverse wildflowers in bloom at Tarin Rock and a large crowd attending a wildflower walk organised by Dumbleyung Landcare and Yolanda Keeble (currently compiling a book about the windflowers of Tarin Rock).
The sporting community across Dumbleyung gathered at the Dumbleyung Town Hall and were greeted by Carmen Miranda Electra Meandes Left-eye Lopez (aka Pip Gooding) at the ‘Cuban Club’ annual Winter Sports Wind Up. Parents started a 6 week ‘Circle of Security’ Parenting Program at the CRC and the CRC turned 3 with a big birthday party for everyone in the community to attend and enjoy!
Summer sports returned in November with bowls, cricket and tennis back in full swing! Also in full swing was harvest – with many still harvesting as you read this! November and December can be quiet with a busy harvest season but lots has still been happening from the opening of the Dumbleyung Mini Mall and water fitness classes back at the Dumbleyung Pool!
All in all it’s been a busy and exciting 2018! On behalf of the Dumbleyung CRC we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year season! We look forward to an exciting year in 2019 and continuing to be your community hub!