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Gossiping Gecko
i t ’s a l l a b o u t o u r c o m m u n i t y


September 2012

Pannawonica’s own community magazine.


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What is the Panna Gecko?
The Panna Gecko is a free magazine published on a quarterly basis. The cost of printing the Panna Gecko is kindly donated by Rio Tinto. It exists for the benefit of the community of Pannawonica. The Panna Gecko is produced by members of the Pannawonican community.

The Panna Gecko is here for you! It’s very purpose is to help you get informed about your community and stay informed .
The Panna Gecko aims: To assist in promoting a healthy, positive and supportive community. To provide a platform whereby our town’s varied interests, groups & organisations can be supported and promoted. To encourage community spirit.

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Painting by Samantha Sylva

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December 1st

Editor: Heidi Virgin Email: Phone: 0418913633


from the editor

ello and welcome to another edition of the Gecko. This edition features some fathers day special items. I would like to send a big happy fathers day to all the Dads in Pannawoinca and afar. My father has been a very special man in my life who has guided me through my life. He has taught me how to drive on the farm and to fix things. Dad instilled in me the values of love and kindness through his duties of being a Dad. For this I will always be grateful. I now see my husband being a Dad to my two daughter and see what a special job being a ’Dad’ is. To be able to see my daughters faces light up when Dad gets home from work or see them smile when he throws them in the air, I know that they love their DAD!! Dad’s are special and I hope that we all remember how truly special they are. Since the last Panna Gossiping Gecko, Pannawonica has been very busy being a thriving community. The 40th Anniversary was excellent and the past & present residents enjoyed celebrating the town’s birthday. NAIDOC celebrations occurred and the Mini Olympics came to Pannawonica. These are just a few of the stories you will read is this edition of the Gossiping Gecko. Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Gecko team in putting together this next edition. Thanks to all their hard work. I would like to also thank all the community members who have helped provide articles and photos for this edition of the Gecko. Enjoy!!

September, 2012

Meet the t e a m !
Barry Dethmore
Barry has been in the mining and construction industry for 28 years and worked all over Australia. He has worked on dams, roads, airstrips and mines. Barry moved to Panna in July, 2010 along with his partner, Tanya. They love living here, enjoying all that the town has to offer. Barry’s interests include world travel, photography, riding his motor cycle, music, drawing and a good game of chess.

Samantha Sylva
Samantha and her husband Stephen moved to Panna in early 2007 with their two boys. They had visited the town several times before moving to see her parents who also work and lived in town. They have since expanded their family with twin girls. Samantha enjoys living in the Pilbara. She grew up in country towns both rural and mining, and now enjoys watching her children grow up in a similar style. She likes to write about things that are important to her, and hopes you will enjoy reading them too.

Katrina Clarke
Katrina moved to Panna in January last year. She loves exploring t he P il b a ra , particularly the coast with her two wonderful children; Alanah and Oscar and “my adorable husband” Greg. Katrina works as an Education Assistant at the Primary School. She enjoys her hours down at the squash courts - her favourite past time. In 2007 the Clarke’s purchased a Jayco Swan, travelled up the middle of Australia and down the West Coast. Katrina looks forward to continuing her tour of Oz one day.

about Heidi: Heidi moved to Pannawonica in January 2003 as a new teacher. She met her husband , Damian, here in Pannawonica. Heidi has 2 children and is enjoying taking a break from teaching. Heidi is passionate about family, cooking and drinking tea. She is committed to continuing the Gecko and being a positive member of the Panna community.



What’s the best thing about your Dad?

Matthew West He plays Playstation with me. He picks me up on his bike. That’s all.

Bridget Kirkwood

Jack Dawson

Kiara Donoghoe

He takes me motorbike riding and he cooks a mean pizza on the BBQ.

There’s lots of things! He builds stuff with me and takes us motorbike riding.

Umm! He’s funny and he tickles me” He also takes me camping.

What Is A Dad?

Larissa Dawson

He let’s us do things that Mum doesn’t let us do and he takes us camping!

A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence, when you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail… - Unknown


feature resident


Didi Cusack


annawonica is now home for Didi Cusack. Didi moved here from Northampton with her parents, Kaylene & Perry and brother Wilbur in April this year. Meeting this young lady for the first time, you would not know that she spent the first 2 years of her life in hospitals or that she has had major surgery. Didi is a beautiful, young girl who is vibrate and full of life. She is now 8 years old and loves eating pancakes and blueberries, riding her bike, swimming and playing at the skate park. She has a beautiful smile which lights up any room. The smile is something her mum, Kaylene, is very thankful for and seeing it everyday reminds her “how lucky we are”. Didi was born with Biliary Atresia, a aggressive liver disease in which the bile ducts between the liver don’t form. If left untreated, it would cause death. Didi spent the first six months of her life in Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth. After this 6 month waiting period, the Cusak family (which included 1 year old Wilbur) moved were able to take Didi’s bloods. Kaylene is also very to Sydney to wait for a donor at the Sydney Westmead appreciative of the doctors at the centre, with the level Hospital. The hospital would be their home for the next of care Didi gets. 18 months. During my interview with Kaylene and Didi, thay wanted They waited for 6 months before Didi received her donor to promote being an Organ Donor. Kaylene said “They liver (until Didi was 12 months old). Kaylene said “It was were lucky that Didi had been given a second chance hard to wait, because the waiting list is so long and your of life. Also, that we thank her donor every single day. It prioritised in order of sickness. You need to be really sick is something we hope that people can talk to their to be at the top of the list. But there is a fine line families about”. between being really sick and being too sick for a transplant”. Luckily for Didi, she held out and she was Around 1600 Australians are waiting for a life-saving or life-improving organ at any one time. For more given a donor liver at the age of 1. information you can call Donate Life on 9222 0222 or visit What followed were numerous surgeries, lots of the transplant Australia website - medicine and another year in hospital. Finally at the age of 2, Didi and her family were able to move back to I would like to thank the Cusack family for inviting me into their house and sharing their story with the Panna Northampton. Gossiping Gecko Magazine. Thanks! -Heidi Virgin Since then Didi has lived a ‘normal life’. She has a great bill of health and has not looked back since her liver transplant. She is an active kid, doing everything that any other 8 year old does. Kaylene has to watch out for all major viruses that are around town, because Didi is Cusak immune suppressed. Family (L-R) Didi has regular check ups at the Pannawonica Medical Centre. These involve bloods to be taken and sent away for testing. Kaylene & Didi are very appreciative for the support and medical care at the medical centre. Kaylene was expecting to have to drive to Karratha for Didi to have her bloods taken, but she was very pleased when she found out that the medical centre in town Didi, Kaylene, Perry & Wilbur


40th anniversary

Pannawonica 40th


decorated with the 40th anniversary logo and a 3D edible model of the iconic boot tree. It was cut and annawonica’s 40th Anniversary Birthday Party handed out to all who attended. went off with a big bang! It was a wonderful success! Celebrations on the day included side show alley with mini go karts, tumbler ride, simulator and kids Ferris The 14th of July found young and wheel along with a Giant slide, bouncy castle, bucking o l d P a n n a w o n i c a n’ s c o m e bull ride, and many more inflatable rides. Show bags together to celebrate the towns were also available. The kids laughter could be heard 40th birthday. A great day of for miles and the sounds of children having fun rang activities were organised for current and past residents to enjoy Magic Show and reminisce of the days gone by. People came from far and wide, including Ireland and Cairns, to celebrate the birthday of a small Edible Boot Tree town that played a big part in their lives. The day’s celebrations started off with a school tour at 10am where a cleaner who had been at the school in the late 70's came back to reminisce about the school. She told the tour group many stories from when she worked there. She described the buildings as it was in the 70's. The Principals & secretaries office used to be in the same room, which is now the deputy's office. She had many stories to tell and everyone enjoyed listening to them. To start the fair, at 10.45am, Wayne Zarb, (Robe Valley Mine Operations Manager), introduced Neil Finlay who gave a Welcome to Country followed by Bob Hirte, Robe Valley Mine General Manger, who then gave a speech and opened the day. There was even an extra large birthday cake which was

Bumper car ride


throughout the town. The little kids where able to enjoy painting plaster, cuddling up to a cute baby animal at the petting zoo and riding a pony around the rocks area. There were two magic shows at the Rocks Stage as well as Acrobatic and Fire Performers that kept the crowd amused. Mine tours ran throughout the day to Mesa J Mine site for visitors to see where they used to work. An indigenous healer visited Pannawonica who ran workshops on alternative healing and aromatherapy. There were Market stalls that had travelled from all over Western Australia and were selling a variety of products ranging from jams and olives to clothing and wooden products. A range of local and International cuisine was available consisting of Thai, Indian and Pannawonica’s own Urs Takeaway cooking burgers, chips and more. For the sweet tooth Simmo’s Ice-cream was a hit and the community tent sold coffee & cake, cold drinks, popcorn and fairy floss.

40th anniversary

police were on the dunking list. There were lots of accurate throws and some very wet people. The night was topped Stage off with the drawing of the raffles, where a local Lady won the major trailer prize. To end a fantastic day Local Musician Maera Paki played on the main stage and she was then followed by the iconic Australian band the Hoodoo Gurus. People danced and enjoyed the night. Current residents were proud to show off their town and past residents enjoyed seeing how Pannawonica has changed and improved over the years, they were able to catch up with old friends they hadn’t seen for so long.

The 40th Anniversary was organized by a community group of volunteers who worked tirelessly for months to The school art bring a great day together. building was History Display t r a n s f o r m e d Pannawonica’s big birthday bash was a great way for into a very old and new residents to come together and celebrate i m p r e s s i v e such a great town that we are all proud to be a part of. history display. It consisted of Everyone had one thing in common – the town of posters with Pannawonica - A place that we are all a part of forever, i n f o r m a t i o n and a place that is forever a part of us. about different community groups in Pannawonica over the past 40 - Kirsten Hawkins & Heidi Virgin years as well as history from cyclones and floods that have affected the town and all of the events that has helped shaped Pannawonica into the town it is today. Memorabilia helped the displays come alive, along with a slide show of photos. People came and went and browsed through articles, photos and stories about the 40 years of Pannawonica. The dunk tank was a great success when it came out at lunchtime. Managers, Supervisors, School principals and
Phil & Tom on Dunk Tank

Pannawonica 40th Anniversary Committee Front Row (L-R): Chriss Slape, Lara Dawson, Kirrily Donoghoe, Mel Gallanagh, Marni Gillard, Maxine Dunne. Back Row (L-R): Heidi Virgin, Natalie Jordan. Cathy Dale, Ali West, Narelle Dearden, Janet Barber, Jo Wallace, Michaela Williams, Amanda Williams, Kirsten Hawkins. Absent: Simone Williams


kilo’s for kili

Kilo’s For Kili Update


n Saturday night 11th August we held our biggest Fundraising event yet for our ‘Kilo’s For Kili ‘challenge. It was held at the Fire Station with over 80 guests in attendance. There was a great atmosphere and everyone there was well and truly willing to donate to the cause: the kids from ‘The School of St Jude’ – Africa. With already having raised $3092 through sponsorships and collection tins around town I wasn’t sure how much we would add to this total but was happy that every bit helps and would make a difference to the lives of the children in Africa. We had some great raffle donations from locals and Karratha businesses. So a HUGE THANKS must go out to:

The VFRS, John Hughes, Michelle Milton, Poinciana Nursery, Price Attack, Edge, The Other Place, House Proud, Harvey Norman & Sanity. There were also lucky door prizes and some special auction items of a mounted 785 Haul Truck model and Narelle & Rob’s Datsun 120Y!

more money! This then set the scene for a couple of lively bidding wars over the Haul Truck (which all the kids wanted to win!!) and the Datsun (which Narelle & Rob really wanted to be won by someone other than Gaz Kirkwood, who had bid $200 to leave it where it was!!)

A HUGE THANKS must also go out to some other very special people who helped out on the night and behind the scenes: hubby Dave for working the bar and providing an entertaining auction; Ali West & Rochelle Knight for working the Raffles & lucky door prizes; Kirrily’s parents - Pat & Ray Pryor Steve knight for setting up; Matt Campbell for his melodic tunes; Bee Ward for her beat box and my parents Pat & Ray Pryor for coming all the way from Tamworth NSW to help out with numerous behind the scenes jobs and for just being there to share the night with The kids watch eagerly! us !

A few local men enjoying a drink!

The night was a great success enjoyed by adults and kids alike and in the spirit of giving the donations didn’t stop with the raffles alone. There were a few generous people who Ali West, Kirrily Donoghoe & Rochelle ‘re-gifted’ their raffle prizes to be auctioned off to raise even Knight - Enjoying the Night. 8

kilo’s for kili

The total raised for the night was a MASSIVE $3415 which gives us a grand total of $6507 so far. That means we only need to raise a further $3,493 to reach $10,000 for the School of St Jude’s 10 year Anniversary - which is now my new goal!

pestering; Mel & Mick Gallanagh, Ali & Daryl West, Aaron Cooper, Matt & Bec Scrimgeour, Phil Dee, Matt & Mel Campbell, Jason Hawkins and of course Rochelle Knight and myself!

I also have some of our ‘Kilo’s Meg Knight, Steve Knight & Simon Mitchell kicking back! for Kili ‘ Shirts available for sale A HUGE THANKS to EVERYONE for $35 each with $10 from who attended our fundraising each shirt going to the School dinner for both your very of St Jude. generous donations and your great company which helped You can also send cheques make it such an enjoyable made payable to 'Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fundnight. East Region-St Judes School' How can I donate? (Because and mail to: c/o Kirrily DoPO Box 16 any further donations would, n o g h o e , Marni Gillard & Karina Bateman of course, be GREATLY Pannawonica, WA 6716. enjoying the nights entertainment. appreciated ) Thanks Kirily Donoghoe If you see a red tin around town, please feel free to drop some coins in! Or help get our Kilo’s team back on track by pestering them, I mean sponsoring them , in their weight loss challenge - start

Dave & Kirrily Donoghoe Matt Campbell - The nights entertainment!


Primary school

Pannawonica Primary

It was exciting to be part of ‘Rail Safety Week’ this year. It is important for our students to learn about train safety in the Pilbara and how to LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE which is a community safety message from Rio Tinto. We had a special assembly with Rio Tinto presenting prizes to congratulate the winners. Rio Tinto staff stated that out of all the schools in the Pilbara – Pannawonica PS was the best – CONGRATULATIONS everyone !

The Year 6/7 class has been absolutely fantastic; demonstrating responsibility and showing leadership in many different approaches this term. There is definitely an improvement and positive change to student’s social and emotional understanding. Miss White and the Year 6/7 students organized a great SCIENCE DAY for the entire school, activities included; Slime, Skewer Balloons, Glass Vibrations, Bouncing Bubbles and Bending Water.

AUSSIE OPTIMISM STUDENT WORKSHOP Last week the Year 6/7 presented an Aussie Optimism workshop evening to their parents and teaching staff. The students who presented using the electronic smart board included Ninke Coetzer, Bronwyn Jones, Bianca McNally and Lorna Unsworth and the classroom was standing room only. The focus was ‘Why are we doing Aussie Optimism and Team Building?’  To reduce bulling in the class  Improve confidence  Learn how to work cooperatively Parents were also able to engage in team building activities such as: Never let me go and Look into my soul. This workshop was very purposeful – students presenting their learning to parents – is very powerful. I am so proud of Miss White, all the Year 6/7 students and parents for their commitment to stop bullying – THANK YOU!!!


Primary school

School News


We’ve also managed to fit in weekly ‘Behind the News’ (B.T.N.) episodes. B.T.N. is a program aimed at children that presents current affairs and political issues from the week’s news in a child-friendly manner. Many thoughtful and in-depth discussions and debates have been inspired by B.T.N. One of our favourite subjects is health, where we’ve been learning about comfortable and uncomfortable feelings (how to identify these and the physical effects we often We’ve already covered many concepts in Numer- experience along with these feelings). acy, including Roman Numerals, prime/composite numbers, square numbers, square roots, rounding All the students have been working incredibly whole and decimal numbers and conversion of hard, so if you’ve observed some glazed, tired time and other measurement units. expressions on the Room 4 students’ faces at the end of the day, you now know why! Have a look at In Science, we’ve been learning about Sir Isaac some of our work. Newton’s laws of forces. We all had an awesome - By Miss Patrick time at the ‘Science Day’, writing great reports and learning lots about states of matter, strings of molecules and vibrations/sound waves in the he Year 4/5 class has had a very busy start to Term 3. In Literacy, we’ve been learning about many different prefixes and suffixes, have been working on extending our vocabularies, have learned and applied several grammar rules and have been focussing on adjusting our reading rate in response to punctuation and the flow of texts.

process. In Society and Environment, we’ve been focusing on the Olympics and, as well as following the Games and learning about both the ancient and modern Olympics in class, we’ve been steadily working on completing our term 3 homework projects out of class time.


junior citizen
Recognising a young person in our community who shines enviable citizen qualities, and acknowledging that their contribution helps makes our town what it is.



j u n i o r citizen

Chloe Mowday
You make a difference.


he people of Pannawonica and the Panna Gecko are pleased to recognize Chloe Mowday as this issues Junior Citizen.

we have been blessed with a beautiful daughter
Katie & Joel Mowday

“Chloe, we are ever so proud of the young lady you are becoming. You inspire us everyday with your kindness, thoughtfulness and perpetually happy disposition. We are so truly thankful to have been blessed with such a beautiful daughter, inside and out! May you continue to shine your light on all who come in contact with you, and remain true to your heart.” Love Mum and Dad.


Chloe has lived in Pannawonica since January 2011 and is in Year 4 at School. Chloe has a younger sister Bella and a dog called Barney. Ballet has been a huge part of Chloe’s life. Whilst living in Perth, Chloe was a member of Stevens Dance Academy (later renamed Ballet Etoiles) since she was two years old. Chloe has performed in many concerts from a young age at the John Curtin Theatre including productions of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The Magic Jewels to name a few. Chloe has also sat her Royal

Academy of Dance exams whilst in Perth. Since joining the Pilbara’s own Terre Rouge Ballet Company Chloe has become one of her peers instructors. Each Tuesday Chloe has volunteered two hours of her time assisting the Primary Teachers with the running of classes. Chloe carries herself with a natural grace and poise and is always eager to offer help and assistance whenever needed. In this years production of ‘Under the Sea’ in Dampier she led the junior children in their own dance as well as performing her own routine.



For the kids

check out these latest arrivals. Available from the Library

Paul Carter’s

Don’t tell Mum I work on the Rigs She thinks I’m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse
Paul Carter has a unique way of storytelling. He isn’t a writer in the formal sense but he has created a very amusing story of his working life. From pub brawls in Leinster to almost dying of dysentery in Asia, surviving a typhoon in Japan and midget throwing in Manila, Paul has led an outrageous life. Some moments throughout his journey were truly scary, gruesome and downright hilarious. He has met some odd characters in some very remote locations across the world, including Joe the chain smoking monkey in Brunei. He tells of elaborate practical jokes, anti-social acts and reckless shenanigans with a bunch of amusing characters. Carter gives the reader an insight into the risks associated with the oil industry, including stories of disembowelment, hostage attempts and the loneliness caused by the isolation. The story has many laugh out loud moments and is a very easy read. This book was the newly formed Pannawonica Book Club’s first book of discussion. If you are interested in joining the Book Club come up to the Library and find out what we are reading. Keep an eye on PERIS for our next meeting. - Katrina Clarke

For the adults




Pannawonica NAIDOC


AIDOC day was celebrated in Pannawonica on the 4th and 5th of July with a Welcome to the Country address from Neil Finlay. The celebrations continued with a flag raising ceremony, arts display and Indigenous themed arts and craft. The audience were treated to a traditional song from Leon Adams, along with a display of artwork from the students from Pannawonica Primary School. Lunch, which were juicy hamburgers, were provided along with a very impressive cake. Amanda Jones made a delicious chocolate cake, which was decorated with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Flag. The locals enjoyed eating the yummy food provided. After lunch all children where able to participate in a variety of crafts and building activities. These consisted of hut building from sticks and paperbark, hand print painting and many more activities. The activities were run by the Shire of Ashburton Activity Officers. The Robe River was the venue for day two of the celebrations. A fishing competition along with a taste of The Kuruma Marthudunera traditional foods concluded the event. The theme for this years national NAIDOC day was ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy’. Forty years ago the Embassy became a powerful symbol of unity and the beginning of the fight for recognition of Aboriginal Land Rights. - Katrina Clarke

Employee Award Jacinta Walker

Youth of the Year Keanu Phillips

Elder of the Year Mark Lockyer




2012 Winners
Artist Encouragement Award of the Year Kimberley Slattery Community Contributions Kaye Drummond

Sportsperson of the year Tallas Williams




in Panna

The Final Chapter

o this is a little later than expected and as I am writing this with a 6 month old baby who is refusing to go to sleep. I thought though I would finish the journey that I started with you way back in July 2011. The last time I wrote I was 28 weeks pregnant and had been chuffed of to Karratha exhausted. When I returned home I promised myself I would behave and rest which I did but unfortunately I did not account for the mangoes. Yep I am allergic to them, in actual fact it is the sap I discovered that can be very dangerous. I had processed quite a few mangoes and where the sap had ran down my arm and onto my tummy I had an awful reaction like a burn and then it spread and it itched like crazy. I wound up having to have quite a bit of steroids which scared the life out of me but after a long conversation with my team at KEMH I was reassured that short term it was OK. I took the steroids and after three weeks from hell I was better. I will say the rest of the pregnancy was pretty uneventful other than being bigger than a whale. AT 36 weeks I arrived after a very uncomfortable flight at KEMH for a check up, they were somewhat concerned at the whale that walked in and sent me for a scan. Surprise you have a baby whale in you he was already 9.5 lbs, - bugger was all I could say. So it was twice weekly checks and yes you are definitely having a caesarean. Ted with her son James


helps him breath by keeping a bit of pressure on his lungs so his airways stayed open). As soon as the epidural wore off enough for me to transfer I went down in ICU seeing my son for myself. He looked very vulnerable, although compared to the other babies he was huge (10lb 5). James was in ICU for five days Week 38 + 6 days saw us at KEMH for a planned before being given a clean bill of health and we caesarean and it was wonderful. The care we were on our way home. received was exceptional. The staff were caring and considerate, even with the panicky mother. When Two weeks old and on our way to Panna, I was lovely they placed James Robert onto my chest it was like to get home and settle into life in Panna. Six months being given the world, mums out there know what I on we have had our ups and downs, James has mean you look into your babies eyes for the first time eczema which in this heat is a challenge and he has and you feel your chest is going to explode. James then promptly pooped all over me bringing me back food allergies so starting solids has been a challenge, to reality and a laughing, crying husband. The next However as usual the medical staff have been great, twenty minutes were a bit of a blur as I had a allergic we are very lucky to have some great doctors at the reaction to one of the drugs so was once more moment both Alistair and Judith are brilliant and they itching like crazy! I arrived back on the ward and look at holistic and alternatives to just steroids so with James was given to me but he seemed to be in some trial and error we are doing great. trouble. The paediatrician arrived and yes James needed to go to ICU. My new baby was whipped So if you see us out and about say hi and if you are away and I was left there unable to move thanks to pregnant enjoy the journey. the epidural and very frightened, but again the staff were wonderful. I received a phone call twenty minutes later from the nurse looking after him to tell me he was settled and on CPAP ( a machine that

By Teresa Hanratty


Shire of Ashburton

Activities Roundup


ith a busy Term 2 behind us the new Activities Team had fun planning the July Holiday Program. A variety of activities engaged the children in sports such as basketball, touch football & Soccer with Perth Glory’s Jamie Harnwell visiting us to run a soccer clinic. There was combat in Nerf Wars and Capture the Flag and all the games the kids could imagine with ropes! We also included a Nature walk around town which was wonderful to share the kids excitement at all the different and unusual things they could find from animal tracks and wildflowers to the beginnings of ant nests, spider holes, a myriad of special rocks and the odd ancient bone! We were also extremely lucky to have visiting actors come all the way from America to engage our kids in a variety of dramatic games and workshops. This program was aimed at our older kids and those that attended the workshops thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Holiday Program Activity “Rope It Up”

gain valuable leadership training in this fun program where they not only undertook expert coaching from Daniel Munday (V Swans) and Travis Hayto (son of our awesome boss Peta!) but they also got to mix socially with the kids of Onslow which is something we would like to Term 3 saw the introduction of the basketball extend to our Panna kids. We would like to offer program ‘Aussie Hoops’. Our Activities Officers the youth of Panna and Onslow the chance to Kath Collins & Katrina Clarke went to Onslow to mix socially on the odd weekend visit either for a sporting event or social occasion such as camping or movie nights. This may be a chance to show off our brand NEW Youth House which will be open by the time you are reading this. A lot of work has gone into preparing this FANTASTIC new area for our Youth and we have big plans for it! WATCH THIS SPACE! - Kirrily Donoghoe, Shire Activity Officer

Kids out and about participating in the Nature Walk


A look into what keeps our town alive
By Barry Dethmore

for kids


The tailings dam where sludge is pumped to, and the water recycled.

Hi, so far we have seen the machines and how we mine in the pits, then we have seen how the ore is transported by rail to get to the ports for export ,and in this issue we will see how the ore is processed from out of the ground, and into the trains, this is called processing.

crushed to the right size.

In past issues I have called the mine the heart that pumps 24/7, and the trains are the veins that carry the ore, and so the processing plants are the liver that cleans out all the impurities of the raw ore, so our customers buy the high grade ore. Most of the impurities in the mine here is clay. In essence the low grade ore is at least 50% rock and 50% clay which has to be washed out and sent to the tailings dam. The good ore that is left gets stockpiled down below the plants, to be Looking into the sizer, where the rocks get picked up by loaders and trucks, and sent to the train load-out. If there is no trains to be loaded, the ore is stockpiled near the loadout to be picked up later.

The good ore being conveyed out to the ore stockpiles at PP2.


Loading the hopper with ore and clay, to be washed, sized and separated.

A handful of pure iron ore, after the clay is removed.

Once the low grade ore (1/2 ore 1/2 clay) is dumped at the processing plant, loaders are used to fill the processing plant. Once it is fed into the plant, it goes through a few different stages, the main ones are breaking the rocks down to a uniform size, and secondly washing the clay out of the rocks. When those stages are finished, the good ore goes out to the ore stockpiles on conveyer belts, and the waste clay and water gets pumped out to the tailings dam. The way the tailings dam is set up is very environ-

The big “washing machines” used to wash the clay out of the ore.

mentally friendly . First the sludge is pumped out on the edge of the dam where it makes its own beach, and then the water is forced to one side of the dam, a deeper spot, where pumps recycle the water back to the processing plants, to start the cycle all over again.

And with processing, it goes on 24/7, like the other departments , and is an integral part of the whole mining process. A bunch of hard working, dedicated men and women, who do some of the not so glamorous jobs on site, that help keep this big machine, that we call mining, ticking over and into the future.

Loader pushing up processed ore, ready to go onto train.

Ore trickling off the end of the conveyor onto the high grade stockpile.

next edition:



Pannawonica VFRS
“As Volunteer Fire Fighters, we do what we can, when we can, where we can, to the very best of our ability.”
gases of the room. Once the thermal balance is identified, the door is braced and after the count of 3, the door is cracked open. The strike team that is crouched down low, sprays 3 short fog burst into the roof of the room. The door is then quickly closed to let the steam cool the gases. The thermal balance is check again, by spraying water onto the door and if the door is not dry the then thermal balance of the room is safe. If this is not correct then the process is repeated until the door stays wet. The team entered the building whilst doing short sprays to paint the walls and direct stream to pencil the fire. This technique is called ‘pencil and paint’.


Simon Mitchel & Mel Gallanagh

During the search the two casualties ignition temperature. Both of these were found. The team assessed the two situations are extremely hazardous to fire people and carried them out to safety. annawonica’s Volunteer Fire fighters and also any casualties that and Rescue over the last few maybe inside. Once the building had been cleared of weeks have been concentrating on people the fire was then extinguished. structural and compartment fires which Training night of Wed 15th August After the fire has been put out it is then are fires that involve buildings. involved a simulated incident of a gas time to overhaul to ensure there is no fire at the mess. The team turn out with chance of reigniting. The smoke is then The main focus of the training nights has the 3.4 fire truck and the light tanker. A cleared by opening doors and windows been door entry and cooling techniques. position was found up wind and close to this process is called ventilating. Gas cooling is where we cool the gases a fire hydrant. The team was organised inside a room so we can make a safe into groups, 1 group for boundary The building is checked to see if anything entry; the gases and smoke combine cooling and the other group were is able to be salvaged, if so then these inside, causing a flammable cocktail in arranging Breathing Apparatus. items are removed. We then check for the upper atmosphere of a room. The any environmental impact that may aim to entering a room safely is to use Hoses were rolled out from the hydrant to have occurred by for example; water correct door entry techniques called the truck and another hose was rolled runoff into gutter or water supplies. ‘Pencil & Paint’. out for the B.A strike team. The Entry Control Officer ensured the B.A strike This concluded the training exercise with The door entry is one of our most team’s details were recorded and a de brief, to discuss any improvements hazardous tasks to undertake when everything was found to be true and of techniques found from the training. approaching a structural fire. Because if correct. The Entry Control Officer Damian Virgin & Daryl West entry is made too fast and certain handed the B.A team over to the Pannawonica VFRS warning signs are ignored it can create a Captain who informed the team that serious situation where a Back draft there were 2 persons unaccounted for event is created. Also if fire fighters enter inside. at the wrong time it could potentially put ourselves in a room as it reaches auto The strike team under B.A placed a water curtain (which came from the hose) to protect the captain whilst making the building isolation. After the isolations the building was deemed safe to enter. To perform the correct door entry procedure, the strike team needed to find out the thermal balance of the room inside. To do this, water was sprayed onto the door to find out which part of the door becomes dry, which show us the super heated



Pannawonica VFRS
“As Volunteer Fire Fighters, we do what we can, when we can, where we can, to the very best of our ability.”

Pannawonica VFRS named as Finalists
Extraordinary firefighters announced as finalists.


but to the more than 27,000 career and volunteer firefighters across the state,” Mr Bailey said. The Firefighting Awards are presented in four categories. The Career Fire and Rescue Service of Western Australia Award, is presented to an individual career firefighter who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. The Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award celebrates the achievements of volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters. The Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of Western Australia Award is named after Murray Lang in deference to his more than 50 year commitment and tireless work with the Bush Fire Service and is awarded to an outstanding Bush Fire Service individual or brigade. Volunteers aged 16 to 25 years are recognised with the Youth Achievement Award. Nominees were judged on their devotion to duty beyond normal expectations, kindness, compassion or courage in the line of duty, contribution beyond normal expectations or achievement in community education. The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony in November. 2012 Firefighting Awards Finalists: Career Fire and Rescue Service of Western Australia Award

· Douglas Spear, Daglish Fire Station · Geoffrey O’Day, Osborne Park Fire Station Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service of Western Australia Award · Christopher and O'Connell, Tom Price Maxine

welve FESA volunteer and career firefighters and brigades have been named as finalists in this year’s Firefighting awards. FESA Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said the awards provide an opportunity to recognise the exceptional achievements, hard work and dedication of our firefighters over the past 12 months. “Our firefighters face huge challenges each and every time they are called out to respond to an emergency,” Mr Bailey said. “Recognition is important to ensure volunteers and career personnel right across the state are commended for the tremendous job they have done in helping to protect local WA communities. “It was not an easy task to separate these finalists out from the outstanding field of nominations received. “It is also an opportunity to thank all of our firefighters who continue to commit countless hours both training and battling bushfires in real life, often dangerous, situations. “Their efforts are extraordinary and I offer my congratulations, not only to the award finalists,

· Margaret River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Brigades, Margaret River

· Pannawonica Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Brigade, Pannawonica
MurrayLang Bush Fire Service of Western Australia Award · City of Greater Geraldton Bush Fire Brigades, Geraldton · Grass Valley Bush Fire Brigade, Grass Valley · Peter Summers, Dongara, Irwin North and Irwin South Bush Fire Service · Shire of Augusta Margaret River Bush Fire Brigades, Augusta Margaret River Youth Achievement Award · Joshua Lourenco, Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service · Nathan Ramage, South Coogee Bush Fire Brigade.



play & fun


ell it has been a busy start to the year for playgroup. Our first two terms were all about the ocean with the kids making some amazing crafts from little crabs and star fish to a giant paper mashie octopus. Playgroup was decorated with the children’s craft and it looked fantastic. This term we are doing in the garden and so far we have made some lovely stain glass butterfly’s and paper caterpillars. We look forward to later in the year doing some Christmas craft, thanks to Candice for the amazing craft ideas. We have been very lucky to have some wonderful new members and their children join us as well as welcome back several members who have been away for a while. We are happily enjoying lots of new babies as most of our pregnant members and the committee have welcomed the arrival of their babies. Our AGM was a great success and we welcome on board a new secretary in Nicole Rumble and committee members Emma McEvoy and Amy Evitt. We say goodbye to Linda Parsons from the secretary position, and thank Kylie Conder and Jayne Unsworth for staying on in the positions of Vice President and Treasurer, I am also staying on as President for the next twelve months. We welcome all new members and any ideas for craft or activities. - Ted Hanratty



31st August 2012

My time working as the Wandoo communications officer with the Wandoo upgrade project has come to he Wandoo Project is now in its final stages, with an end. work scheduled to be completed at the end of I would like to sincerely thank all residents of October. Pannawonica for their support, assistance and patience for the past two and half years during the Wandoo Work has now been completed on: project. 232 houses; last house completed at the end of July


Shopping centre Church Sports club Squash courts Community hall Demolition of 4,6,8 Pannawonica Drive, Work currently in progress: Air conditioner replacement project Tavern refurbishment Medical centre Demolition of old blocks opposite garage Work still to be carried out: New service station Installation of new gym Landscaping of central area between supermarket and tavern

If you have any queries relating to the Wandoo project please call the service desk on 1800 992 777 Kind Regards Margaret Thomas Wandoo communications officer - Communities

June 2010

18 Pannawonica Drive – 1st house handed back to residents after


completion of refurbishment.


houses completed!!
August 2012


Transit House

Removal of Temporary Mess

Swimming Pools

New Water Tank


Cane Street

Landscaping and Construction of Parks and Gardens

Primary School Painting

New Accommodation Camp

Maitland Street Maitland Street

New Supermarket Entrance



Wandoo Project Housing Refurbishments Complete
23 August 2012

Commencing in March 2010, the Wandoo project also includes upgrades to parks, landscaping and footpaths in the town.

Work is now underway to complete upgrades of the Pannawonica Tavern and community hall, with the entire Wandoo project due for completion in More than 230 Pannawonica families are enjoying September. newly refurbished homes following a $270 million upgrade project undertaken by Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto general manager Mine Operations Robe Valley Bob Hirte said the upgrade was timely as the The keys to a newly-refurbished home were town had just celebrated its’ 40th anniversary. handed to the Rutherford family earlier this month, marking the completion of the housing phase of “Forty years on from inception, our town has been the Wandoo project. given a new lease on life with houses and community facilities alike looking reinvigorated,” After living in a transit home for five weeks while the Mr Hirte said. “This significant upgrade project is work was undertaken, the family was pleased to nearing completion, and already the benefits are move back to their home. visible. Residents are showing a sense of pride for where they live and our future as a town is looking Clint and Stacey Rutherford, who have lived in the bright.” home for five years with their two children, said they appreciated what the project had delivered The Wandoo project was established in 2009, for them and the town. following an announcement that Pannawonica would be retained as the residential base for its “We love the refreshing look of our refurbished workforce in nearby Robe Valley. house, it’s fantastic to be part of the Wandoo project.”

Rio Tinto general manager Accommodations & Towns Operations, Alistair Baron congratulates the Rutherford family after their move back into the last refurbished house in Pannawonica.



Thoughts with
a Sylva lining


think everyone has a story like this from their childhood, I believe I was around 5 or 6 and was happily playing at one of our neighbourhood friend's house as you do, when a very strange shaven-faced man came waltzing into the yard saying 'Come on, time to go.' Well, as you can imagine, strange looking man that I didn't recognise telling me to come with him, what do you do. Much to his surprise and my first instinct, off I go screaming to my friend's Mum of course! Turned out that strange looking shaven-faced man was in fact my Dad coming to pick me up to take me home. He had just gone and shaved off his ever present beard and moustache that morning, and for the life of me I'd never seen him clean shaven before in my life, so you could excuse me for being slightly freaked out! We got it all sorted and straightened out about who was who. But I can tell you, it took a lot to get used to seeing him looking so very different from what I was used to. I think a lot of times we forget that our Dads do change, because we see them every day and forget that they are their own person too, separate from being our parent. I see my own children now, and the way they interact with their father, my husband, and while they haven't had such a drastic experience of change as the one I had. They still notice and have to investigate whenever Stephen shaves, and it's almost with wonder and delight that they notice how different he looks to them. I am always thankful that we live residentially in Pannawonica, and that myself and the children get to see Stephen on a daily basis. Even when he is on nightshift, we still all sit down for dinner together, now granted it's at 4:30-5pm that dinner is eaten, but at least we get to have that time together as a family. I still remember when Stephen first moved up to Pannawonica and was living with my parents, Nicholas was 2 and a half and Erik around 6 months old and we were still down in Rockingham. While we did talk on the phone and online via web cam and he returned one time for a week long visit, it definitely was not the ideal interaction for myself or the boys! So it was with great relief when 9 months after he left Rockingham, we were now on our way up to live with him again as a family. These days I love to see the way the kids all interact with their Dad, they love it when he shows them how to fix something or does cooking in the kitchen with them. The kids find Daddy much more fun than Mummy with things like that, I think mainly because I just want to get the job done, and with Stephen it's more of a treat and a novelty, and he lets them get messy! The kids also definitely listen a lot more to whatever Daddy tells them! Whether it's to go and get their teeth done, or 'Come on, we are going to do some tidying up



now.' I have had this conversation with numerous people over the years, and it is the general consensus that it is not only selective hearing. But also the fact that their Dad usually isn't there all day everyday telling them to do every single thing that they should be doing, as much as Mum seems to need to do. So as frustrating as the phenomenon is, the kids are just more likely to jump to and do EVERYTHING that Dad says! As an adult now, I'm now no longer surprised at any changes in my Dads appearance! My parents now no longer live in town, but we still do get to see them on a regular basis, which is lovely and an absolute blessing. It is funny to think that my children will also be grown up one day and starting their own families, and that the cycle of Daddy stories will start anew again, really hope my boys shave for their kids regularly!
By Samantha Sylva

International Skater In Panna!
By Greig Innes


y name is Greig Innes, and I love my new home Pannawonica. It’s a very friendly town and it has a skate park! I moved up with my partner Zoe and her daughter Tenielle from Perth . I began skating when I was 15 in my hometown Kirkcaldy, Scotland. I have been skating for 23 years now and love it so much and I am still skating! I have competed in many competitions including the X games in the year 2000. The kids here in Pannawonica are so fortunate to have such a fantastic skate park available to play in that I encourage them 100% to keep at it, as one day you might some day become a professional skater or scooter or bmx rider! Wear your helmets, your pads and skate safe! Greg.



Gypsy Prosser TRB Co-ordinator Pannawonica (08)91841840 / 0409441829

Panna Shines at Dampier Disney Concert


erre Rouge Ballet presented it’s annual concert at the Dampier community hall on June 30th. More than 160 dancers participated in the “Wish upon a star” themed performance, dancing to an array of Disney songs including 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Pocahontas and Pirates of the Caribbean. Both the matinee and the evening show were a fantastic success, playing out to a full house. With dancers from Karratha, Dampier, Pannawonica and Wickham it was great to see all communities both dancers and supporters uniting for this prestigious occasion. Dancers embraced the opportunity to showcase their skills and shone on stage. Pannawonica dance and performance students (our youngest age group) strutted their stuff to a peter pan medley, making all parents and teachers immensely proud. Our ballet one and three students stole the show and wowed the crowd interlocking their dances of part of your world and under the sea, both medley's from the little mermaid. It was a very proud moment for parents, teachers and

organisers alike to see how far all our dancers from Pannawonica had come in such a short period of time. The support shown from onlookers was evident and great to see. Even a power outage during our matinee performance didn’t hinder the show. Thanks to Rio Tinto contractors quick action the delay was minimal and the show did go on. Terre Rouge Ballet in Pannawonica is still thriving with our two older age groups already commencing training for exams. These will partake in Karratha in November assessed by an international examiner through the Royal Academy of Dance. An amazing achievement in such a short time of participating in ballet. We hope to expand our classes next year to allow children to keep moving up within the grades, and can’t wait to see what our amazing students can produce for us at our next annual concert. Terre Rouge Ballet would like to thank Rio Tinto, Karratha Building Services and Dampier Community Association for their support in leading up to the concert. For information on enrolling within Terre Rouge Ballet in Pannawonica please contact our Pannawonica Co-ordinator for more information. - Gypsy Prosser

Dance and Performance Class

Panna Ballet 3 Class

Front Row: Panna Ballet 1, Back Row: Panna Ballet 3


in the kitchen
A yummy, healthy treat for the kid’s

Muesli Slice

lunchbox or for Dad at work! A great recipe that you can adapt to make your very own favourite slice, by changing the type of fruit! A nice quick recipe with loads of flavour!

sweet &



125g butter 1/4 cup (90g) golden syrup 1 cup (90g) rolled oats 1/2 cup (80g) Sultanas 1/2 cup (65g) sweetened dried cranberries 1/2 cup (75g) chopped dried apricots 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour 1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 180˚c. 2. Place butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the butter is melted. 3. Place the oats, sultanas, cranberries, apricots, flour and sugar into a bowl and mix to combine. 4. Add the butter mixture and combine. 5. Press into the base of a lightly greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper. 6. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely in tin before cutting into slices to serve. HINTS: You can use your any favourite dried fruits, like swap apricots for dried peaches. Also add sliced almonds for extra crunch! Source: donna hay kid’s magazine, Makes 8-10 annual 9, 2012, Pg. 34


Recipe by Donna Hay

get crafty

Create a Bow
Make this embellishment Using these supplies
1. sharp scissors 2. household fork 3. Ribbon 1.

I Create For You

3. 2.




1. Hook ribbon round fork 2. Take rear ribbon and bring it round over the front ribbon and thread it between the 2 middle tines below the front ribbon 3. Take front ribbon and bring it back over itself and tread between the middle 2 tines above all the ribbon




4. Pull the 2 ends of the ribbon to tighten 5. Turn the fork over 6. Knot the 2 ribbon ends together




7. Remove ribbon from fork 8. Tweak your ribbon to fully form the bow 9. An example of a use for the bow on a very bad fake cupcake!! I`m a paper crafter not a baker

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panna police

police roundup

concerning; throwing rocks at moving vehicles. This is a very dangerous trend and we implore all parents to supervise their children when playing in the street, not only for their safety but for New Traffic Laws the safety of all road On 1 August 2012 users. amendments to the Road Damage has already Traffic Act 1974 came into been caused to at effect, reflecting a least one car which continued toughening of had a rock thrown at the laws relating to drink Officer in Charge Sr. Tony Di Giuseppe Sr. Constable Tom Bateman the driver’s side driving in Wes tern window. Thankfully Australia. Consuming alcohol prior to driving The amendments gave WA Police increases your risk of having a crash. the glass didn’t smash; the driver the ability to immediately disqualify Studies have shown that drivers are maintained control of the vehicle an individual’s driver’s licence (via a twice as likely to crash with a BAC of and was not hurt. This incident is not Disqualification Notice) when they 0.05g/100mL, seven times more likely isolated but could have been a lot have committed certain drink driving to crash with a BAC of 0.08g/100mL, worse. Pannawonica Police will be offences. while a BAC of 0.15g/100mL attending the school some time in increases the chance of crashing by the near future to address the If you are caught driving, or 25 times. attempting to drive with a Blood 107 people were killed or seriously children in relation to the matter Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 injured in the Pilbara region last however this trend needs to stop immediately. or above, WA Police can serve you year. with a Disqualification Notice that When you consider the region’s If you have been a victim or eye will immediately disqualify you from small population; this is an extremely witness to the rock throwing please driving for two months. This penalty high rate of 220.1 per 100,000 contact Pannawonica Police to report the matter. The more also applies to drivers who refuse to population. provide a breath sample for analysis. The purpose of this new legislation is information we get the better we can deal with the problem. to provide a greater deterrent to During the disqualification period, drink driving. you will be unable to apply for an The immediate consequence of Extraordinary Licence. being disqualified from driving is considered to have a greater If you breach the disqualification, impact on driving behaviour than your vehicle will be impounded. waiting to receive a court imposed disqualification. This is just another way we are letting If you require further details about people know that drink driving is t h i s change please call never okay. Pannawonica Police on 9184 2444 Alcohol is a major contributor to road crashes in Western Australia. In Incidents Around Town 2010, 29 per cent of fatal crashes Pannawonica Police have been attended by WA Police involved a busy over the last few weeks with driver with a Blood Alcohol Concen- several reports from community tration (BAC) equal to or greater members alerting them to the fact t h a n 0 . 0 5 g / 1 0 0 m L . children have been throwing rocks

Greetings once more from the Pannawonica Police.

on the roofs of houses and more


Phone: 9184 1222 Fax: 9184 1022Email:

panna police cont...

police roundup continued...
Pannawonica Court Things have been a little quieter lately but we have still been preferring charges against local and out of town residents. Pannawonica Court dealt with all these matters. Brief details are as follows. A male from Perth (formerly working at Mesa A) has been charged with Reckless Driving, Wilfully Mislead Police & Fail To Report a Traffic Crash (you may remember the article titled stupidity in the last edition). A Perth man has being charged with Fail to Obey an Order given by a Police Officer; as a result of an incident in the licensed area of the town’s 40th birthday. A local resident has been charged with Unlicensed Driving. Take care and stay safe Regards Pannawonica Police

Mel & Matt Campbell receiving their Community Recognition Award

On a Lighter Note 1. A Police Recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?" He said, "Call for backup." 2. A police officer attempts to stop a car for speeding and the guy gradually increases his speed until he's topping 160 km/h. He eventually realizes he can't escape and finally pulls over. The Policeman approaches the car and says, "It's been a long day and my shift is almost over, so if you can give me a good excuse for your behaviour, I'll let you go." The guy thinks for a few seconds and then says, "My wife ran away with a cop about a month ago. I thought you might be that officer trying to give her back!" 3. A blonde returned home from work and was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She called the police immediately to report the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the channels and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out onto the porch. The sight of the cop and his dog made her shudder. She put her face in her hands as she sat down on the steps and began moaning. What's the moaning all about, ma'am?" asked the officer. The blonde replied, "I come home to find all my possessions stolen, so I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a blind policeman!"


att and Mel Campbell were awarded with the Community Recognition Award in August. They were presented their award by Dave Donoghoe at the VFRS fire station in front of their friends. Matt & Mel have lived in Pannawoinca for 8 years and have contributed to the Panna community in many many ways. Their major contribution has been to the Emergency Response Team and the VFRS. Matt along with the support of his wife Mel, have set up the VFRS and helped make it what it is today. Matt is constantly spending many hours of his days off to help out with emergencies, bushfires and setting up the VFRS, just to name a few (not enough room to list them all). Pannawonica Community would like to thank Matt & Mel for all their many hours of community work. We appreciated your help!

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nations compassions, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. -Erma Bombeck



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writers corner

The Wild Bush Fire

Written By Reilly Donoghoe

One hot and sunny day, there was a man named Dave who lived in a town called Pannawonica. In Panna they have a volunteer Fire and Rescue Service. Their names are Matt, Phil, Kirrily and Daryl. It was a very hot day and the fire danger level is at CATASTROHPIC! Then, suddenly a beam of smoke broke out of the trees in the bush! So the firey’s were out with the ¾ (3000 litre/ 4WD) and the LT (Light Tanker) out in the middle of nowhere driving in the bush. Then suddenly the ¾ gets a flat tyre because they drove over a spinifex. “The truck is too heavy to lift by man”, said Phil. “Let’s use the jacks!” Dary suggested. “We don’t have any”, Matt answered. “What a pitty!” Kirrily exclaimed! “We have to lift it!!” Matt yelled over the arguing. “We’re not strong enough”, Daryl said. “Yes we are!” Phil yelled! “Phil, Daryl and I will lift the truck while Kirrily changes the tyre”, Matt said. Luckily it worked and they are thankfully relieved! They then successfully put out the fire. HOORAY!!! THE END

Reilly Donoghoe


poetry corner

Father’s Day
By Panna Poet
It’s not just another Sunday, nor just another Sunday to rest It’s the one Sunday of every year, I celebrate the man who is the best He’s the man who was there for my first step, and to pick me back up when I fell The man who would comfort and sooth me, with all the great stories he would tell He was the first man I looked up to like an Idol; A Hero in my eyes for sure His love and support that he constantly gave, made me always feel warm and secure Growing up from a child into an Adult, he taught me all the rights from the wrongs He instilled in me the value of family – & with family is where my proud heart belongs So on the first Sunday in September each year, I sit back and reminisce and feel glad That I am privileged to have such a wonderful man……still my Hero – that’s my DAD.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s in Pannawonica……… Panna Poet


Fathers Day

F w ath is e r he s Fr Dad s to Day Pa nn om ’s! al l a t te G he ec am ko

Dear Daddy, I love you thousands Lots of Love Cooper XX00

Happy Daddy's day to the best Daddy-bee there is! We love you all the way to the moon and back. Lots of loving from your 2 little men and the wife :) xxx

Jason Wayne Happy Fathers Day Daddy! We think your the best Daddy in the whole wide world! We love you to bits and have a fantastic day! Lots of love cuddles & kisses Karlee, Alyssa and Sharni xxxxxxxxx

To our SPECIAL DADDY Wayne Southey Happy Fathersday for the second time this year. We love you very much and thank you for everthing you've done for us. You are one in a million!!!!!!!!! Love you lots and lots like jelly tots. Your little girls, Abigail and Claire

Dear Dad, you are the best Dad, you couldn’t be better. Happy Father’s Day! Love Aleisha Dear Daddy, I love you very much. Love Ashley

Luke 2: 8-12, The Message 36


My Daddy you are the best At times you even clean up my mess Our times together are so much fun But start to get fit as I’m starting to run Happy Daddy’s Day Love & Cuddles Brianna xxx

Pannawonica welcomes little Marcus Lee Blake, new son for Doug and Katie, and Brother to James.

Happy Fathers Day Dad!!! You’re the best! Thanks for making me laugh - Luv Sienna Thanks for teaching me how to bounce on the trampoline Luv Hannah We love you lots xoxoxoxo

See ya Phil & Mei Denton From all the crew on B shift.

Happy 40th
Birthday Wishes to my Chunky Man.
“I love my Dad (& Mum) because they came all the way across the country to join in my fundraiser dinner & to share the birthdays of their Grandchildren, They’re AWESOME and we miss them HEAPS” xoxoxo Kirrily

Heaps of love always! Marni xoxoxoxoxo
September 11th



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lifestyle update

Lifestyle update

What’s On In Pannawonica? SOCCER IS BACK!!!
The annual Robe Valley Champions league match between Pannawonica & MESA A is due to hit in the next few weeks. MESA A may have taking the trophy last year but we are pretty confidents it’s going to make its way back home to Panna this year. We are looking for all Panna soccer players (experienced / beginners we want you all) to join in some friendly soccer action. When: Thursdays at 7.00pm Where: Pannawonica Oval

The 2012 Rio Tinto BeActive Challenge is over for another year!

A big congratulations to: For the highest individual step count & Be healthy Medallist &

Shirly Morris

The Panna Punters (Team D)
For the highest team step count

When: Mondays 7.15pm Where: Pannawonica Oval

Great work guys!! And congrats to all who participated in the challenge. We hope you had fun, stepped loads and keep up the good work for next year!

When: Tuesdays 7.30pm Where: Pannawonica Oval

Hi All, Another month closer to Christmas and another fun packed month ahead. Changes to the timetable will see September more focused on the core and abs area perfect for those wanting to trim down and flatten the stomach and even help those with back pain. Otherwise, a big welcome to all the Irish arriving in town over the next couple of months, Welcome To Pannadise!! If anyone fancies a proper cuppa and a chin wag, we have the supply of Barry’s on hand. Gaelic Football is back on the cards on a Monday night, so looking forward to seeing ye all there! Also with the rodeo coming off on the 6th – 8th September, enjoy the fun and get stuck in the activities but remember to keep safe and use the free bus if your going to have a few drinks. In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down. - Brian Weir Sláinte Eilish & Bee Pannawonica Lifestyle Centre T: 08 9159 3277 / E:
Pannawonica Lifestyle Centre PH: 08 9159 3277


Tour De Panna
You’ve all seen the Tour de France, now here’s one with a twist. On


September 22nd Panna will host
their very own Tour. The cycle will start at
the turnoff bright and early in the morning from the Panna turn off and from here will start the 46km cycle back to town. Keep an eye out for the posters coming in the next few days!


purple bra day

and by lunchtime they were all gone. Even some of the kids got in on the baking (and I’m sure eating) act, all with smiles on their faces! Meanwhile, with all of this cupcake eating and bra wearing, ISS were also helping do their part for the event by organising and sponsoring a raffle with prizes of a food and wine hamper which also added hugely to the fundraising total and fun spirit he Pannawonica Pannawonica’s Purple Bra of the day. And a big congrats to Gerard O’Neill Day took place Friday June 22nd. Never has who took first prize in the raffle of an $80 voucher Pannawonica seen so many men and women for the Pannawonica Tavern sporting bras outside their clothes. The beautiful purple bras we had on offer were generously Thank you to Spotless for helping get the giant supplied by Breast Cancer Care WA, and there purple bra on the haul truck at the entrance to were people queuing up to have their photos town. And anyone who drove past during the taken with all their chests and purple bras puffed days it was there can definitely agree it looked forward. It looked a bit strange in the morning but great and definitely turned a few heads. by lunch time it seemed perfectly normal to see Also another massive thank you to all our men and women strolling around site with a purple wonderful bakers Sam, Kirri, Sarah & Candice for bra over there shirts!!! However it was not only the all their efforts and finally thanks’ to all who residents a n d donated to the cause with the Pannawonica employees o f Purple Bra Day. With approximately 80 employees Pannawonica that and 100 primary school pupils coming together on had their bras on, the day to raise a grand total of $850 for Breast even our haulpack Cancer Care WA. truck based on the drive into the town Eilish & Bee was sporting its very own, and purposely made, purple bra for the day.


On the yummy side of things, we had some absolute legends step forward and bake over 300 purple cupcakes which were delivered to the cribs rooms on site and in town as well as the primary school. The demand for these delicious cupcakes was amazingly greater than expected



2012 Pannawonica Mini Olympics

Next was the bean bag toss, with some very accurate throws and then it was on to the fun and laughter of the 3 legged race. Our wash cloth ties even came in handy as substitute Rambo head wear after the race.


lympic fever was taking over Pannawonica on the 11th August as over 55 kids of all ages and abilities came to show their skills and talents, with scenes that would rival those in London. The air was tense with excitement and apprehension as both adults and children arrived and the event got underway. The first event of the day was the sprint race. The under 6 event competitors showed some real talent as they tore from the start, while the Under 10 age group showed their grit and determination as they sprinted from their race start positions. The 12’s and over category saw the girls take on the boys with Ciaron Gallanagh just snitching it away from Lorna Unsworth in a hard fought battle. The adult’s race received the biggest cheers from the spectators as they dashed to the line

But the biggest event of the day was the last event, the Tug of War, adults versus children. For the kids it was the fight of the day, for the adults they would have to listen to a loss for the rest of the week. The first round was close, the strain evident on all faces but in the end it was the children who won the first round. With a switch of sides the second round was under way and the adults not wanting to be outdone by multiples of kids dug in hard to receive a favourable outcome, with the overall competition ending in a draw for this years 2012 Mini Olympics event. As the sun reached its peak in the sky, it was presentation time as the victors of the day received their certificates. A huge congratulations, not only to those who received certificates for their victory wins, but to everyone who took part. There was a lot of determination and effort shown by all on the day and the best support for all the competitors ever seen in Pannawonica. A big thanks also to our volunteers on the day, Katrina and Greg Clarke, Kirrily Donoghoe, Kirri Thomas and Anne Veroni without whom the day would not have been possible. The Lifestyle Centre would also like to thank the Pannawonica Primary School and Be Active for their equipment on the day.

And now as we now declare the 2012 Pannwonica Mini Olympics closed, I would like to again congratulate The hurdles event showed some promising talent and everyone, thank you for your support and fun and also a lot of determination as they jumped high and low laughter and we look forward to seeing you at the next over the hurdles but it was the event. sack race that held everyone’s attention as they all vied to have Eilish Mc Nulty & Blathnaid Ward a go in the brightly coloured Pannawonica Health & sacks. There were some spill and Wellness Coordinators falls but all picked themselves up and kept going, some even fell over the line determined to win, and again the adults were in on the fun jumping into the sacks for their turn.


he sun rose with a crisp fresh bite on the morning of the 7th July, but still they came even from as far as Exmouth. Late registrations, numbers, certificates and goody bags were all the rage as the last minute rush reached a peak just after 7am. As the last few stragglers arrived and pinned their numbers, the warm up was just starting with our very own prac student, Kaela Farrier, from UWA, running the crowd through their paces, with an impressive set of aerobics moves and doing her bit for the fancy dress side of the fun run. With 40 plus participants nicely warmed up, and the volunteers all debriefed, the 4Km participants stood back to watch the 12Km runners take their place on the enthusiastically printed start line. Following a last minute check, the siren sounded and the long distance runners set off for a lap and a half of the oval before heading off to the rest of the course around the streets of Pannawonica. The stack of 4Km runners was a sea of orange and black as our largest group of participants dressed up in their Kilo for Killi t-shirts to support Kirilly Donoghue and Rochelle Knight on their fundraising quest for The School of St. Judes in Africa. This merry bunch had a number of running and walking participants of all ages, with many of their supporters finishing in great times and even taking some of the event titles of the day. However these were not the only wonderfully dressed participants, the ISS mess team came dressed in wonderful chef style supporting moustaches that many Movember men would have been jealous of. And to top the fancy dress off was our two men in tights, or lycra suits, Tyler O’Fee and Sam Binnie in their one piece suits. With water stations at the ready, and a Police car to lead the way some of the 12km runners were soon on the way back to the oval to complete their laps before heading out to complete two more laps of the town. But there was a miss calculation in laps by our leading participant and in the end it came to a close finish with the catching runner, Grant Allison, pipping our unfortunate leader by only seconds to take the title of 12k men’s winner for 2012 in a time of 49.05. In second place was Chris Quinlan and third position title was taken by Louie Colero. The 12km women’s was easily won but not with out effort by Jo Toki again for a third year in a row with a great lead


and time of 59.21. In second place in a time of 1.06.24 was Natalie McNamara and the third place title was taken by Kath Collins with another impressive time of 1.11.37. There was definitely plenty of team spirit going around on the day as one of our last 12km runners came towards the oval for her final lap. With three other girls in tow to support this local participant, the final 12k, participant came through to the finish line, beaming with happiness at her huge feat with the entire field cheering her on. The 4km participants were just as colourful and full of effort and fun as they went through the streets of Pannawonica. Both young and old put their best foot forward as they sprinted out from the start line. Everyone gave it their all, wether it was walking or running. Our 4km winners burst across the line with Tyler O’Fee taking the 4km Men’s title with a time of 16.54 and Sarah Lopez finish first in the Women’s in 22.51. Second and third in the Men’s event was Simon Mitchell and Sam Binnie with Jodine Wech and Jade Binder taking the same titles respectively in the Women’s 4km race. However the kids were not to be outdone. With a blasting time of 25.34, Talis Williams tore across the finish line with Reilly Donoghoe and Ciaran Gallanagh in hot pursuit, while the girl’s title was jointly won by Amy Gallanagh and Lorna Unsworth with See you Danika French in second place. in It was an amazing effort by all and we would like to especially thanks all those December volunteers who came out to support the event giving their time to help with many of the duties and marshalling for the day. A big thanks also to our own bubbly Lykke Nielsen from Kinetic head office in Perth who was there to provide her support for the event, to ISS, who provided food and drink for our weary participants and marshals following the races, and to RioTinto who sponsored some other snacks and the prizes on the day. We look forward to another successful and the challenge again next year. Eilish Mc Nulty & Blathnaid Ward Pannawonica Health & Wellness Coordinators