Panna Gecko Issue 3, September 2011 | Swimming (Sport) | Sports

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i t ’s al l about our communi t y
Change, how do you handle it? P.4
My life’s journey Part 3 P.10
Pannawonica NAIDOC P.14
Go on you good thing! P.22
Let’s do Coffee P.34
Classifieds P.43
Issue
September 2011
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It exists for the benefit of the community of Pannawonica.
The Panna Gecko is produced by members of the Pannawonican community.
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supported and promoted.
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Cover Photo
Barry Dethmore
Banded Knob Tail Gecko.
Rodeo Grounds, 2011.
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from the editor
sit here writing out this editor’s word with the
thoughts of amazement as to how quickly
September has arrived. Of course, time has
gone no faster, but it many ways it feels only
moments ago that we were preparing Issue 2. I
am not sure what to make of the fact that my
year is now no longer measured in months but in
Panna Gecko deadlines! I did recently stop to
celebrate my little girl’s third birthday– yet
another reminder of how quickly time passes. Of
course, my daughter is oblivious to this thing
called ‘time’ and she, in perfect childlike joy
embraces every day with no thought of
tomorrow. (as captured on page 42 on the
morning of her birthday). And to remind me yet
again that time is constantly moving, I too will
(this month) be turning a year older. I don’t
much mind that I’m working my way through my
thirties but it is another thing entirely to know that
in this coming year I will be a mother of a
teenager! How life changes! My life is constantly
transforming and the challenge sometimes is to
embrace each
change with
confidence, joy and
trust.—She ponders the
thought!
Enjoy your time here
in the Gecko and
remember ‘it’s all about
your community’– so
consider getting
involved!
about Michelle:
Michelle moved to Pannawonica in June 2010 along with her husband Tim
and their five fantastic children. Michelle is passionate about family, faith
and friendship. She is committed to living her life beautifully through the daily
challenges and joys of life’s journey, and in so doing, hopes to be a
productive member of her community.
September, 2011
Bʋrʢɨ DcʃʕwʝȾɏ
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.
PoɭIȧɰɗ JʝrJʋɚ
Rachael moved to Panna 4
years ago when her partner Rob
saw an ad in the paper for a
residential electrical position
and the rest is history. She dis-
tinctly remembers thinking that
there was not going to be any
trees or broccoli! What Rachael
loves most about Panna is the
people; and the way the sun
sets into the landscape and not
into houses. When she has time
Rachael is at the Gym, on a run,
walking the dogs, reading a
good book or looking into her
next holiday
$ʋwʋ¬ʃIɈ $ʉʙvɈ
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 watch-
ing 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.
Koʤʢʖ¬Ɉ CIʋʁȴɏ
Katrina moved to Panna in Jan-
uary this year. She loves explor-
ing the Pilbara , 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.
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musings
hange happens around us everyday, every
moment. Sometimes it is as obvious as walking
into a wall and other times it silently goes on without our
noticing; like in the blooming of a flower. It can bring
with it every emotion—joy, excitement and anticipation,
or even grief, pain and deep disappointment. Change,
how do you handle it?
The dictionary defines change as;
Change, n—1. any variation or alteration in form, state, quality, or
essence; or, a passing from one state or form to another; as a change
of countenance; a change of habits.
2. variety
3. a successions of one thing in the place of another; as a change of
seasons.
For the most part we handle everyday changes easily,
without a second thought. One day passes to the next,
the seasons change, the children grow, our bodies age,
the carrot at the bottom of the fridge turns black and
shrivels. It is not until the transformation has become so
stark that we take notice, and even then the majority of
everyday changes are taken in our stride. What about
the changes that greet us unexpectedly, or stop us in
our tracks; the ones that, whether we like it or not are
going to mess with the status quo?
Even the most positively anticipated changes– like
starting a new job, awaiting a baby, getting married,
learning a new hobby can give us butterflies. It can
keep us awake at night and consume our ‘head space’.
Yet we enjoy the ride because we embrace it.
I tend to think that we handle change best when we are
in control, even if we only have a small part to play in
the change itself—as long as we know why, how, when
& where. But the times come in life when change we
haven’t asked for, desired, or expected come along.
This kind of change can be hard to accept.
It is that word accept that seems to go hand in hand
with how we handle change. Our lives are a series of
changes that we can choose to accept or not.
Ironically enough, if we can not accept the change,
then to find that ’sweet spot’ in life again, we must
initiate change…. (in mind, in attitude, in situation)
In thinking over this subject, (that a few paragraphs can
never do justice to) I was brought back to my Mother -in
-Law’s kitchen; to a time when she had a stained glass
sun catcher displayed on the window sill. It read:
God, grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
-MM
Toni, resident
“I handle it well if the
purpose for the change is
explained properly.”
Tanya, resident
“Not too bad. We’re used
to being transient in the
mining industry”
Ranel, resident
“I guess it really depends
if there is a good reason
behind it”
Maxine, resident
“Well, it depends what
it is”
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feature resident
first meet Kaye when we were transiting in
12 Harding street upon our arrival to town.
Both her back yard and 12 Harding street
adjoin. With Kaye’s grandchildren frequently
over and my inquisitive boys, we soon got
chatting through the fence or at the local
park. It was all those months ago that I
realised Lynette & Kaye were a part of a spe-
cial minority in town; they were a family with
three generations living here. There was a
time when there were four generations!
For the sake of us readers– we’ll
begin the story in the May of 1994. When a
young 19 year old Lynette was travelling to-
wards Panna for the very first time. Lynette
was coming over the Access road, with her
Mum, Dad , Grandfather and sister Gayle–
they made it over that last hill and that was it–
she wasn’t staying! Actually, there had been
no intention of her staying, it was always part
of the plan for her and Gayle to head back to
Perth. In fact the time came for the girls to
get ready to leave; they packed the car up,
Gayle got sick so they unpacked it. Two
weeks later they repacked it, Lynette got sick,
they unpacked it and waited.
The time for leaving never came as
Lynnette met Peter (her husband) in the No-
vember. It just so happened that Peter took
her sister Gayle to his long service dinner on
the Friday night, the three spent the weekend
just hanging out and by the Sunday, Peter
and Lynnette were an item. And together in
Panna they remained. Lynnette worked at the
day care centre and often did before day
care, after school care and night shift
babysitting too. (Some children of which are
now parents themselves and still living in
town!) Then Peter & Lynnette began a family
of their own, three girls; first Jaime (10), Jayde
(8) and Jessi (3).
Kaye recalls the reaction of her husband
Mervyn the day of their arrival. “He wanted to
turn around and head home the same day–
he didn’t want to be here” - (“Now you tell us”
chimes in Lynette!) Kaye on the other hand,
took one look at the place and loved it. She
loved not only the physical place but the
sense of community she felt back then . In her
reflections the town has changed so much,
and her heart is apt to long for the days of
‘ole.
Both ladies can share plenty of sto-
ries about the way life was. Like times when a
truck would come with fresh fruit and vegeta-
bles from Carnarvon and set up a stall– similar
to the fish truck today. Times when the thriving
craft of the day was ceramics, and classes
were held several times a week. Times of raw
good fun ‘bush bashing’ out to the River,
when the River was the place to be. Any
celebration or get together was out at the
River; and you had to drive a ways to find an
empty space! Times when Lynnette, Peter and
friends would have lots of fun ‘running a
muck’ - “always ‘good’ muck” comments
Kaye, “We were never in trouble with the
police” says Lynnette- “we knew our
boundaries”.
And what of the four generations I
mentioned before? Well, for the first ten years
in town, Kaye cared for her father until his
death. Ten gruelling years for all involved. And
another unique experience that not many
other Pannawonica's can claim. Caring for an
aged and needy parent is never easy, to do it
stoically in a small town is something else
indeed. Kaye doesn’t look at that time
through rose coloured glasses, she remembers
the trials and the daily difficulties .Today she
doesn’t take her personal space or freedom
for granted. She does however remember the
love ‘Grandy’ had for his Great Granddaugh-
ter's, and that is a memory worth treasuring.
I put the question to both Kaye & Lynnette;
“What made you stay here so long” and in a
heart beat the answer is “family” (of course
the money helps too!). For Lynette, she found
her man (whom has lived in Panna since
boyhood) and began raising her girls, and
when needed Mum (Kaye) was always a
willing support. For Kaye, as long as the
children and Grandchildren were around
there was never any thought of moving on.
It is obvious, even without many words, that
strong family ties bind them together.
So many of us arrive in Panna
without extended family and support, and it
isn’t hard to imagine just what a different
experience of this town the Wilkin & Drum-
mond family have had. This isn’t just the place
to come and work; it is so much more than
that for them. This is a huge part of their family
history, all that the three young girls have
even known.
Kaye realises just how special the time in
Panna with her Grandchildren has been and
values it greatly. She knew a time for parting
would come. And it has. October 23rd will
see Lynette and girls head to Craigie in Perth.
It’s not the most ideal of situations, leaving
Peter; and the girls leaving dad behind, but
“I’m up for the challenge” Lynnette says. “It’s
just time, it’s time for the girls to have new
experiences and get to know other family
members”. The girls are excited but slightly
apprehensive about the move; it’s something
they’ve known would happen for awhile.
Kaye is encouraging and supportive of the
change, but even so she couldn’t hold back
the tears as she thought of Panna without
‘her girls. “it’s hard” she said, “it’s going to be
hard”.
And now 17 years , and a whole lot
of brilliant memories later, Lynnette (and girls)
will leave town– but as they say “ You can
take the girl out of the Pilbara but you can’t
take the Pilbara out of the girl.”
-MM
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rodeo
ust do a search on the internet
for ‘Pannawonica’ and you won’t
go far before you come across the
‘rodeo’. The same can be said if
you look through any printed mate-
rial of the town, somewhere and in
some place you’ll find word about
the ‘Annual Robe River Rodeo’.
For most people the word
‘Pannawonica’ conjures up images
of mining; big trucks, iron ore, and
closed town living. To some the
word is synonymous with cowboys,
bulls, dust and adrenaline, and min-
ing barely even gets a look-in.
There was however a day
when the Pannawonica Rodeo nev-
er existed, I know, hard to image
isn’t it? This year saw the 16th official
Pannawonica Rodeo, but the narra-
tive begins back in a bleak moment
of Panna’s history.
I’ll set the scene– It’s April
1995 and Cylcone Olivia has just
unleashed six hours of fury on
Pannawoinca’s township. The dam-
age; massive– 28 houses completely
destroyed. Debris everywhere–
leaving Panna like a war zone.
Olivia had destroyed well over $10
million of company property.
What of the people, the life-
blood of the town? Well, it is said
the morale in the town was low. All
strength and time was given to put-
ting lives back together. Whilst the
town got on with it, the task was de-
pressing and hard. Then the Sen.
Constable at the time; Peter Jacka
came up with an idea. An idea
that would see the town’s ‘spirit’
return.
This is where Don Inall
(President of the Rodeo) comes in.
He is a man that is a Cowboy
through and through. Having
worked on stations for years, and
been an avid follower and partici-
pator in the Rodeo scene. A former
Australian Bull riding Champion in
fact- I don’t think bulls, horses or
rodeos will ever be out of his blood!
Sometime shortly after Olivia,
Don needed to renew his drivers
license. Upon entering the Police
Station he was accosted with the
greeting “You’re just the Man I
want!”. Thus Sen. Constable Jacka
shared his idea of a rodeo right here
in Pannawonica. Would Don like to
get on board, to take the helm and
make it happen? Would he ever!
Don gave up the bull riding
and left behind Rodeos to come
and work in Panna, for the sake of
his growing family. Not to mention
giving his body a rest, don’t ask him
what bones he has broken; “What
haven’t I” will be his response!. To
Don, this invitation was something of
a dream come true. Organise the
Rodeo he could; take part it it—no
way!, This was insisted upon by his
wife at the time, who was over all
the injuries of years past.
The idea was met by the
community with great enthusiasm.
Volunteers (most of whom knew lit-
tle or nothing about Rodeos)
offered their man power and time.
But it was the company that got
behind them that really made this
baby move. Believe it or not, it took
only three months from go to whoa.
And though challenges presented
themselves, it resembled something
of a well oiled machine. Events that
they couldn’t have planned if they
tried, happened over and over– it
all just worked together. Don
recalls “If there was a boiler maker
not doing much out on the mine,
then they, (the mine) rang me and
asked if there was something he
could do for us”. One amazing story
is of the time Don and fellow
‘Rodeo builder’ Colin Sutherland
went out to (the now) Rodeo
grounds with foam cups to pace
out where the holes (for the posts)
were meant to be. And who should
they meet? But a qualified driller out
training a bloke. The trainer suggest-
ed he let his trainee drill the holes–
and there it was, another task
down! Scrap metal, train loads of
beach sand, tyres, posts; whatever
they needed the company backed
them up.
This project proved to be the
very thing the community needed.
For those three– really busy– months
the Rodeo grounds became a
gathering place. You'd find mums,
dads and kids out there doing
whatever they could. On the night
when the electricity was hooked up
Don was at work– everyone was out
there waiting for this most anticipat-
ed moment. But they waited, they
waited for Don to knock off– and
what a moment it was for him when
they flicked that switch. It must have
been something!
The Rodeo hasn’t stopped
since (bar the year of the Equine
Flu) . From those first few Rodeos,
when the nearby stations would
bring in all the stock they could, to
today when the Rodeo has be-
come Big Business- buying the use
of ‘professional stock’ Don has been
there. So much has changed– with
insurances, paper work and other
legal things but the passion for the
sport has not.
Rodeo weekend, always the
first in September, is renown for it’s
great competition, for dust, for dirt,
for adrenaline, for a darn good
time. It’s had it’s moments of
excitement through the years– like
when Fraser delivered a baby out
at the grounds! And thanks to Rio
Tinto support, the community,
volunteers and other sponsors it
promises to remain so, year upon
year………
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city to surf
ongratulations to all those that took part in the third annual
Pannawonica Mining City2Surf Fun Run on Saturday July
23rd. The event was one to remember with over 80 participants taking
on the Panna course and raising $730 for the Activ Foundation. It was
a great community effort and we were treated to some outstanding
performances and stylish running outfits.
The highly anticipated Fun Run kicked off with an energetic warm up
by UWA practicum student Bronwyn Hart that witnessed participants
showing off some funky dance moves in the moments before the
12km and 4km races.
The 12km race was the first to kick off with nine hard core participants
setting off on the track. The Men’s 12km title was taken convincingly
by Jordan Kennedy who blitzed the course record in 54 minutes 34
seconds. Jordan was closely followed by John Brewster and Grant
Allison who all clocked sub 56 minute times.
Joanne Toki flew through the course taking the women’s 12km title for
a second consecutive year with a cracking time of 1 hour 3 minutes 45
seconds. Kath Collins clocked a new personal best shaving 10 minutes
off her race time from 2009 and Natalie McNamara crossed the finish
line with a smile on her face after another great performance in the
Panna City2Surf. Joanne and Jordan both won a trip to Perth for the
Chevron City to Surf for Activ on August 28th courtesy of Rio Tinto. Both
Jo and Jordan smashed their Pannawonica race times with Jo finish-
ing in 1hour 1minute, 10 seconds and Jordan in 51minutes 52 seconds.
Congratulations on a fantastic effort!
The 4km event witnessed another course record smashed as Nick
Spencer crossed the finish line in 16 minutes 53 seconds. Great effort
Nick!! The women’s 4km title was taken by Rachel Carter with a mas-
sive effort clocking 19 minutes 34 seconds. Well done to Aaron Slape
who took the junior title for a second year. All the 4km winners will re-
ceive a heart rate monitor courtesy of KBR for their fantastic efforts on
the day.
A good fun run would not be complete without the creative genius-
es that dress to impress. Narelle, Rob and 6 week old Brianna (our
youngest participant) did the care bears proud with their seriously
stylish race outfits. The care bears were closely matched with the
Pannawonica Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service who covered the
4km course in their fire flighting gear. Brilliant effort!
The event was a great success and a credit to the town of
Pannawonica. Thank you to all who helped organize and run the
event and to all the sponsors for their support. It was a fun filled day
and just highlights the wonderful community spirit in Pannawonica.
By Eilish Mc Nulty
Jordan Kennedy
Natalie, Kath & Joanne
Panna VFRS & Nadia (Lord Mayor)
Rob, Narelle & Brianna
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beyond ourselves
n the first five weeks we, The World
Youth International Volunteers, have
built a kitchen at a secondary school.
Prior to our arrival they had been feed-
ing 200 students with fires on the floor in
these huge pots under tin roofs with no
walls. Seven of us stayed in the school,
sleeping in the science lab without pow-
er. Intense! We paid “Mummas” to cook
our meals and wash our clothes. The
washing is done in buckets. I had a try
and it was really hard. We bathe in
buckets behind a tin wall. This is how
everybody lives, even some of the richer
Kenyans. I was glad for my experience
working on isolated stations back in
Australia. I could cope with the no
electricity and limited supplies.
The kids go to school from 6.30am til
6pm. Their favourite sport is soccer
(football). I was able to pay to sponsor a
girl to attend school from grade 8 to
grade 12. It’s paid in full so that she has a
chance to attend college. Some of the-
se kids take years to finish school
because they have work to earn money
to pay for their education.
Death is so common in this country. So
many orphaned children. The one
strength this country has is in the sense of
family spirit. No matter how poor a family
is they will always take in relative’s
orphaned children. 90% of the country is
Christian.
I am even doing community contracep-
tion lectures. Something I never imag-
ined I would be apart of! Family plan-
ning is a major issue here. Most families
have seven children even though they
may be malnourished and cannot
afford to feed so many mouths. They
think birth is a gift from God. I can ask
the poorest person why they smile and
they reply “how could you not be
happy. God loves us and we have life”.
The national language is Swahili. “Ahairy
ahenya” means I love you.
“Nasiah Ogwedi” means God Bless You.
“Amosi” means hello. They call white
people “Mazongus”. I am learning to
speak LOU in this community.
I have also been doing work in another
community with which my volunteer
organisation is trying to help become self
-sufficient. We have built a chook pen
and the last volunteer group had built a
goat pen. It’s an amazing project and I
am really proud to be apart of. It’s very
different from the last untouched
community. Our message to Kenyans is
a hand up not a hand out.
The staple diet over here is kidney
beans, maize and ugali, which is
mashed potato. (Somebody forgot to
add the milk or butter!) I miss eating
meat a lot.
Only a few more days to go with lots still
to complete. One more house to build.
This will be our third. The scaffolding is an
eye opener, so primitive. We will be
returning to our first project to finish the
painting of the kitchen. I am looking for-
ward to our return to this community. We
will be heading out on a safari to
conclude our Kenyan experience.
We are so lucky in Australia for the basics
we take for granted; running water,
electricity and ample supplies of food to
name a few. But sadly I think we don’t
hold the same family values, community
spirit and belief in God. What strikes me
most is the happiness these people dis-
play even in such extreme poverty and
hardship. I just can’t believe their positive
attitude. Their life is brutal, but they will
share.
I miss my Mum, Panna life, sport and all
my friends. The hardest for me is I miss my
fiancé. We got engaged two weeks
before I left.
Look out for my final chapter in the next
issue.
-Witney-Bre
From Panna to the unknowns of Kenya
After Pannawonica
farewelled Witney-Bre she
shared with us about why she
had chosen to volunteer
overseas. In this issue she
updates us on the journey so
far…..
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junior citizen
Panna
Recognising a young person in our community
who shines enviable citizen qualities,
and acknowledging that their contribution helps
makes our town what it is.
he people of Pannawonica and the Panna Gecko are pleased to recognise Latre Harrison as this issues Junior Citizen.
Latre was born on June, 30, 2000 to parents Rohan and Tash. He was born in Kalgoorlie and has lived all his life in West-
ern Australia. Latre moved here in 2008 and began schooling at Pannawonica Primary School. He is in Year 6 at the moment
and is planning a big move next year to Scotch College in Perth. He was recently appointed School Councillor by his peers.
Latre has been the highest fundraiser for the schools Fun Run for three years in a row. In actual fact, Latre has been the highest
earner in Western Australia for two years running. Winning himself some magnificent prizes including a brand new scooter. La-
tre loves Pannawonica and the peace a small town brings. He enjoys riding around town on his bike or scooter. Latre spends
his time at the pool , hanging out with friends or playing his DS. He enjoys most sports including basketball, touch rugby, cricket
and tennis. He is avid fan of the All Blacks and enjoys watching
them play. Latre has had some awesome holidays particularly
a trip in 2010 to Dubai, Paris and London. This trip also included
a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Independ-
ence of the Seas. The ship stopped off at Gibraltar, Nice, Mon-
aco, Pisa, Rome, Cadiz and Lisbon. Latre has also been to Bali, Phu-
ket and when he was five; a trip to Fiji to see his parents get married.
Mum & Dad
Always follow your heart. We are so
proud of the man you are becoming.
Do what you know is right.
We love you.
"Latre always has a positive attitude and is a
friendly, polite and approachable student.
He is a role model to other students in his
class with his strong work ethic and high
standard of work. He has been rewarded for
his efforts by being appointed School
Councillor for semester two. “
Locky Patterson (Deputy Principal)
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ith our marriage unravelling, my
ex-husband went to Darwin with
his work, and once again, I became a single
mum – juggling running a home, work and a
teenager and two young children on my own.
But these challenges are sent to us to build us
as stronger persons. I took on the role of Act-
ing Deputy Principal at Westfield Park, and
under the mentoring of my Principal, applied
for a Permanent Deputy Position in 1994. I
remained at Westfield Park for eight years –
during that time recognised for my work in
education with a Local District award, 2
awards for the work I did in promoting Red
Nose Day, and 2 National Awards for my work
in Primary Science education. Nicole finished
her Primary Schooling at Westfield Park, and
Kylie completed Year 5 when I gained a pro-
motion to Newman Primary School. It was also
that year that my Divorce was granted.
So packing our bags, Nicole, Kylie and myself
set off for a new adventure in the Pilbara.
Jason remained in Perth – and once again my
life’s journey changed. I had a wonderful time
in Newman and worked with some wonderful
people, both at school level and community
level. Once again my work was recognised
with another Local District Education Award,
the national prize for Red Nose Day school
activities and runner up in the National Sci-
ence Awards for Primary Schools. I established
Year 7 Ministries and had groups of children
running their own local radio show for an hour
each week.
I experienced my first community critical inci-
dent with a Year 6 student killed in a car acci-
dent, along with the father of a student in my
class. This occurred at the same time that a
student from South Newman Primary school
had been murdered whilst on holidays in
Perth. These tragedies showed me how life
can change so quickly, but also the great
compassion and support that a community
displays when such tragedies impact on us all.
It would have been one of the most devastat-
ing times in my education career.
And then our family increased by one – Ten-
isha was born in 1995 – and being in Newman
it was another 2 months before I got to see
her. Although I thought I was far too young to
be a Gran, I treasured that feeling and the
role I now had as a grandmother. When Ten-
isha was born, our family then consisted of five
generations on my dad’s side – quite an
achievement for any family. In 1996, my first
born married my wonderful daughter-in-law.
At the end of four years in Newman, it was
time to move on once again. Nicole chose to
stay in Newman to complete Year 12, and
Kylie and I (along with two dogs and two cats)
moved back to Perth in December, 1998, and
I had won a position to Huntingdale Primary
School. I built my second home in Hunting-
dale 1999, moving in, in December, 1999. I
had the best mentor at Huntingdale – my Prin-
cipal, Edd Black, and learnt so much from him.
Though this part of my journey covered 8
years, I was fortunate to be given opportuni-
ties to experience the role of a Principal, in
schools such as Jarrahdale, Coobinia, Hun-
tingdale and Mundijong.
And during these 8 years, I celebrated the
births of 3 more grandchildren (Hayden, Brock
and Ashton), some big “0” birthdays between
family and friends, my Grandmother’s 100th
birthday and grieved over my aunties sudden
death through cancer, the deaths of two staff
members from Huntingdale, and the death of
my grandmother at the age of 102. A mixture
of celebrations and grief, but times that make
us all stronger, and build stronger family rela-
tionships and friendships.
It was with sadness that I said farewell to the
wonderful colleagues at Huntingdale Primary
school, but my next big adventure awaited
me when I won the position of Principal at
Pannawonica Primary School. I hadn’t even
heard of Pannawonica!!!! And my first visit at
the end of 2006 to discuss the handover with
Anne Mead was one filled with trepidation
and excitement. Back then we flew in the
little planes from Karratha to Pannawonica –
an adventure in itself. I moved to Pannawoni-
ca in the January of 2007, with my dad driving
me here – he wanted to make sure his little girl
was safe and secure and that it was an okay
place to leave me. Dad’s never stop worrying
about their daughters!!! I arrived at the house
with no furniture or car – they were still on a
truck somewhere in Perth – at 10:30pm to be
greeted by a houseful of frogs! Welcome to
Panna! Dad and I spent an hour chasing frogs
around the house and sending them on their
way outside. Dad had brought a fold-a-bed –
and I had brought a blow up mattress. Who
forgot the pump? So my first night was spent
sleeping on the mattress (flat) on the floor!!!!
The next day we toured the town, and meet
two of the most wonderful people in Panna –
Ma and Rangi – who hearing of our adven-
tures so far, came with drinks, food and a mat-
tress for myself – I nearly felt civilised. Dad left
on the Monday, and once again I was on my
own!
With apprehension, I started my journey as the
Principal – but my staff was wonderful – and
made me feel at home. We had a wonderful
year – but I also had several experiences of
what life was going to be like in a closed min-
ing town – including a snake in my house in
the first week, which no-one could find!!!! I
don’t think I slept for the next two weeks. Life
changes – as it always does – and I saw staff
changes, new families come, other families
leave – but the school kept rolling along – I
look at the photo album that Jilly Bradford-
Pratt did of our first year together – and what
wonderful memories are held within those
pages.
During this time, my family all ended up in the
Pilbara – Jason, Kerrie and kids at the end of
2007, Kylie and Ashton in the second 6 months
of 2007, and Nicole, Noel and Jayden to Kar-
ratha in 2009 – with Levi joining our family in
2009. Being a close-knit family, it was good to
have my children and grandchildren around
me again.
Our family changed in so many ways with the
sudden death of my father in 2009 – it devas-
tated us all – dad was my mentor, advisor and
best support. I miss him so much. My mum
was diagnosed with cancer two weeks after
dad’s passing, but has beaten this and we
celebrate her survival; and my brother-in-law
died suddenly last year leaving my sister a
widow at such a young age. Life is so pre-
cious and we never know what is going to
happen next – I have learnt to treasure every
moment, and value the lessons that are part
of our destiny.
I reflect on where the school was when I first
arrived, and the changes that have occurred
over the past 5 years – most good but not all
accepted by some community members! The
hardest thing to accept in life is change as we
have to step out of our comfort zone and take
risks. I think I have had to step out of my com-
fort zone on lots of occasions over the past
five years with my ultimate goal to make
Pannawonica Primary school the best school
in the Pilbara. Unfortunately, I also had to
accept that there are some forces that are
beyond my control and that some of the
changes were met with many obstacles. Num-
bers have continued to drop at the school
over the past couple of years, and with that,
staff numbers have also decreased. It’s been
great though that, over the past five years,
most teachers have stayed for two years or
more and this helps with the stability of the
school. So much has been accomplished and
I thank all those supportive community mem-
bers who have helped progress the school.
My staff have been wonderful, and they have
maintained a high professional standard at all
times, even in the face of adversities that
have been thrown their way.
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Two of my staff members have been with me
since I started in 2007 - Chriss Slape who has
made my job so much easier and Linda
Kirkwood who is such a wonderful asset to the
school – her growth as a staff member has been
wonderful to see - and their support and friend-
ship will be treasured for ever. I have now met
with another bump in my life’s journey – this time
not one of my making, so it is with so much
sadness that I say “Farewell” to my staff– thanks
for your support and friendships - and to my
students - some who I have known since they
first stated at school in 2007. I know that you will
continue to show that same support to whoever
takes my place. To the parents, thanks to those
who have been supportive and allowed us to
do the job we are paid and trained to do – this
support has been greatly appreciated and is
needed to make us feel valued. To the
community members who have believed in my
vision, Thank You! And, especially to Janette
Tuttle, Amanda Williams, Bob Harris and Kevin
Butler – your support has helped me get through
some difficult times – I cannot thank you
enough.
Where my life’s journey now takes me – I don’t
know – but I take with me, many wonderful
memories of the Pilbara (along with a lot of
ingrained red dust), and what has happened to
me will only make me stronger and help me
through the next chapter in my life.
Thanks and Farewell.
- Stephanne Dann
Pt. 3
Although I’ve been in town now for just over
six months, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my-
self as the new Officer in Charge of the Pannawonica Police
Station.
My name is Tony Di Giuseppe and I bring nearly 30 years of
Frontline operational policing experience to the Pannawonica Sub
District. I have previously served at Perth (Central Police Station),
Police Communications, Warwick Police Station, then off to
Albany Police Station for seven years, followed by ten years at
Rockingham Police Station, and most recently five years at the
Argyle Police Station which was located on the Argyle Diamond
Mine in the Kimberley District.
In my first seven months at Pannawonica, I have been overawed at
the active involvement of the Community towards all things for
the better of Pannawonica. With a new second man at the Police
Station in Tom Bateman, we to have both started to get involved
in some of these initiatives and we both look forward to getting
involved in many more community events and groups and
continuing to be a part of this community.
As the new Officer in Charge, I am committed to providing you
with the safety and security that the Community needs and
expects.
What you will get from me is a straight forward approach to all
matters, as I am a firm believer that if you remember to get into
the habit of getting all the little things done, the rest of the bigger
picture will fall easily into place, and as I know from experience,
saving you a lot of time.
Some of you are probably already aware, that Policing in
Pannawonica has changed somewhat lately, and both Tom and I
cannot dedicate all of our time to the Pannawonica Community.
There will be times when we are asked to attend other stations to
assist them during major events or for seasonal activities. An ever
increasing amount of our time is also required policing the High-
way and with school holidays, long weekends and not very far
away – Christmas, our time spent patrolling the roads is likely to
increase. What I will stress however; is that even in these times
that we are absent from the Community, we are still only a phone
call away should you need too or want to talk to us.
Lastly I would like to extend an invitation to everyone and any-
body that wishes to come and talk to me about any Police related
issues in the Community, that my door is always open, so please
feel free to come and see me.
Thank you and I look forward to serving the community of
Pannawonica and ensuring that the Pannawonica Police Station
provides a quality service to the Community.
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wildflowers
t’s officially Spring now that September is upon us, but
Pannawonica has been sharing her springtime joy for
weeks beforehand. There is something remarkable
about beauty appearing from seemingly barren
surrounds. It serves to be a visual reminder to us that
however long, dull or dark the winter’s of our lives may
be, spring is sure to follow. This burst of colour greets us
every year and woe to us if we allow it to become a
boring, trivial affair. Duncan Whitchurch; Project
Supervisor from Accommodation & Facility Services
recently captured the photos displayed here just
outside Panna on the Milstream Road. Next time you
are walking about town and approach a display of
wildflowers, don’t walk by without acknowledging their
quiet (but significant) statement of hope and new life.
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community
or years we have been going to
Eighty Mile for our school holidays.
We take the van and our rods every
time, usually without much fishing suc-
cess. But “What a Catch” this time
around !! After a week of feeding the
fish with not a single bite, Larissa was the
first to catch a fish and “What a Fish”.
She became the talk of the caravan
park ; The Legendary 8 year old Girl that
caught a Threadfin Salmon as big as
her; on her pink kids rod! After yet anoth-
er week of feeding the fish without any
more bites, Jack was the one to catch
the second fish and “What a Fish”. Jack
had caught himself a Mulloway from
hook up to bleeding. So after two
weeks we became known amongst the
nomads (not all of them are grey!!) as the
family that took the kids out to catch fish
coz the parents can’t!!
Jack Dawson Larissa Dawson
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Our little friend
modelling for this
issues cover is called the Banded
Knob Tail Gecko (Nephrurus
Wheeleri).They are only found in
the Pilbara and Murchison regions
of W A . They enjoy meals of
insects and spiders as well as
smaller geckos.
The Banded Knob Tail gecko has a
funny shaped tail which it uses as
a fat reserve to call upon when
food is scarce.
Barry found this little guy at the
Rodeo Grounds, very slow moving
and seemed such a friendly
creature- even gave a smile for
the camera!
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NAIDOC
n the 6th and 7th of July Rio Tinto,
Kuruma Marthudunera people and the
Pannawonica community celebrated NAIDOC. The event
consisted of a ceremony, hamburger lunch, presentations,
children’s activities for the primary school and afternoon
tea at the Kuruma Marthudunera homestead on day one.
Day two involved traditional lunch by the river as well
as a fishing comp. The Kuruma Marthudunera group
provided the traditional lunch as well as cooked it in
the traditional way.
ohn Morrison the Aboriginal Mentor for
Robe Valley was the master of the ceremony.
Neil Finlay conducted the Welcome to Country
and John Hughes did the response.
Powerful speech by Reggie Yates on this years
NAIDOC theme Change The Next Step Is Ours.
Tallas Williams from Pannawonica Primary School
read a traditional story called The Turkey and
the Emu. Cyril Lockyer presented gift bags to the
children of the Pannawonica Primary school
who had won the NAIDOC colouring
This years NAIDOC Awards were
awarded to the below:
Employee Award:
Cyril Lockyer
Youth Award:
Latoya Phillips
Community Award:
Malcolm Phillips
Artist Award:
Elaine James
Elder of the Year Award:
Neil Finlay
Sportsperson Award:
Maddison Churnside
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NAIDOC
fter the ceremony there was a hamburger lunch
for all, as well as art work and presentations to
look at.
Afternoon tea was held at
the Kuruma Marthudunera
homestead. A cake made
by Amada Jones was
enjoyed by all.
annawonica Primary School was invited to an afternoon
of arts and crafts celebrating the Aboriginal culture.
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ack in July ’93 I was the
Maintenance manager at a
gold mine in Qld. It was a great job,
living in Cairns, a city full of back-
packers and tourists, and working a
5/2/4/3 roster. Every weekend was
like a holiday. It was a small compa-
ny but they had a mine in Chile
which was struggling. I was asked if I
would go to Chile for 2 or 3 months
to help sort out some issues with the
crushing plant. It sounded like a
great adventure and Deb, my then
girlfriend, was happy for me to go.
So off I went. I struggled to
learn Spanish: many professional
Chileans could speak a bit of English
but operators, maintainers, waiters
and people around town were hard
to communicate with. I had a
pocket sized English - Spanish
dictionary that went everywhere with
me, until I lost it. (Months later an
operator found it in a puddle near a
conveyor, brown and swollen to
double its thickness.)
Three months grew to six,
then I was asked if I would take over
management of the whole opera-
tion. So Deb and I flew across the
Pacific with a few suitcases and air
freighted a few boxes. We flew back
to Hamilton Island about eight
months later to get married. We lived
on the waterfront in the city of
Antofagasta – on the edge of the
Atacama Desert – the driest desert
on Earth. It never rained but there
were lots of earthquakes. As a
developing country, we didn’t have
access to many of the mod cons,
but there was a large expat commu-
nity. We enjoyed the Chilean culture
and travelled a fair bit through South
America.
After 5 years we moved to
Seville in Spain. By that time we had
two daughters; Isabella (born in
Santiago) and Phoebe
(Antofagasta) and Deb was
pregnant again.
Seville is a magnificent city –
lots of history and things to do, which
really applied to all areas of Spain
that we visited. The food, (including
olives, cured ham and aged chees-
es), wine and beer were excellent.
Great architecture, music and danc-
ing! And festivals – the Spanish know
how to party. Oh, and Lily was born
there.
After a year we were off to
Jamaica where we lived in a large
house on a hill overlooking the
Caribbean Sea. Cruise ships sailed by
almost daily and we saw amazing
lightning displays out to sea during
thunderstorms. We had a fantastic
social life. A number of parents from
the kids’ school either owned or
managed resorts; we played tennis
on grass courts every Saturday after-
noon, complete with ball boys; we
swam all year round and often
rented beachside villas for Christmas
and Easter; Bob Marley’s mausoleum
was half an hour’s drive away; and it
was great going to the cricket –
Sabina Park was a real experience,
and the locals were all fanatical
about their cricket. Bananas, orang-
es, coconuts, breadfruit, pumpkins,
avocados, ackee and all manner of
flowers grew in our yard without
needing any input from us.
Harry was born in Montego
Bay and after four years in Jamaica,
we moved to Canada. This subject-
ed us to a major change in climate;
Labrador City received four and a
half metres of snow each winter and
the temperature was often below -40
C, and it easily went lower than -60 if
the wind was blowing. The kids skat-
ed and we all learned to ski – down-
hill and cross-country. We holidayed
around Canada, the US, Europe and
the Caribbean (to thaw out). During
the short summers we camped out,
played golf and had lots of barbies.
The kids played multiple sports all
year round. When they were young
they were always meeting new
people and could never remember
which countries they had lived in, so I
always seemed to be answering
somebody’s question, “Daddy,
where was I born?”
We returned to Australia
almost two years ago. In 16 years our
few boxes of airfreight had swelled
to fill a 40’ sea container, and of
course we had four kids.
General Manager
Robe Valley Operations
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By John Hughes
John’s kids @ Panna Rodeo 3/5/11
L to R: Lily, Phoebe, Isabella, Harry.
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swim club
Swim Club is about
improving YOUR
swim times,
fitness, keeping
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savvy!
2010-2011 was a busy swim season for the swim
club…in the pool and on the deck. This past sea-
son we upgraded our starting and timing system to the
Colorado Infinity Starter and Dolphin Wireless Timing
System which apart from being fun to use, helps us
efficiently run our swim meets. The system wirelessly
communicates with Meet Manager, run from our laptop
and means no more late nights of manually entering
the swimmers times from time trials!
This upcoming season our swimmers can look
forward to being able to see their progress in
swimming from a different angle with our new
Underwater Video Kit, courtesy of an
equipment grant from Swimming Australia.
The underwater video will allow coaches to
show swimmers how effective their stroke
action and where they can improve, a
training tool used by professional athletes
and soon by Panna’s future Ian Thorpes and
Stephanie Rices.
Swim club news
Pannawonica Swim Club Is….
Pannawonica’s very own competitive swim-
ming team that caters for swimmers from the
age of 7. Depending on the commitment of
coaches and members, the swim club runs 2
nights a week from October to April and com-
petes in Pilbara Champs (during November in
Exmouth) and the North West Open (during
March in Karratha). We are affiliated with Swim
WA and Royal Life Saving Swim
Schools and our teachers are
Austswim trained.
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Caps and Fins are available through our Uniform Shop.
Panna Swim Club is now on
Search Pannawonica Swimming Club Inc
and hit the like button for all the latest info
Panna Swim Club would like to
Thank the Wandoo Housing
Project for the equipment shed .
Did you know
 Swimming became part of
the Olympic Games in
1896!
 The oldest swimming stroke
is breaststroke.
 The resistance of water is
equal to more than 10
times the resistance of air
 Swimming works out all of
the major muscles in the
body!
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Our eyes are the window to our soul, so they say but well defined
eyebrows can transform your face. Not only do they make you look
polished and finished they can also add structure to your face.
Beautiful eyebrows can lift the entire eye area making you appear
fresher and younger. Beautiful shaped eyebrows help enhance
deep-set and small eyes equally. The way you shape your brows
can change the way people perceive you- giving you more of a
sexy, smart, or confident look.
In fact, by correctly shaping and colouring your brows, you can
show off your best features, making you look stylish and well
groomed every day.
Some basic shapes here as examples each one will give you a dif-
ferent look and can change the appearance of other features.
Round shape: this shape softens the face, liter-
ally adding roundness and helping to tone
down sharp features, such as a pointed chin.
Angled: the high sharp peak draws onlookers
eyes upward, giving a youthful appearance.
the angled shape works well with other strong
features such as a square jaw.
Soft angled: similar to angled, but with softer
peak giving a more feminine look.
Curved: this shape projects a confidence and
professional look, working well on square or an
oval face.
Flat: perfect for long face shape and makes
the face appear shorter and more oval.
The shape you choose will be the one you want
to wear every day. It may be worth going to a
professional (at least once) to have your brows
shaped before you try it yourself!. A profession-
al can help to determine your face shape and
advise on how best to enhance your individual
features . More on face shapes next time.
Until then enjoy Spring and happy tweezing!
beauty
By Susan Henderson
Susan recommends checking out
www.eyebrowz.com for great brow products and
more information
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in the kitchen
his is a variation of a Jamie
Oliver recipe, because it is often
hard to get fresh herbs and ingredients
here in Pannawonica I have changed it
to use what we can get.
Often people are frightened away from
fish as they worry it is hard to cook and
prepare. The National dietary survey
shows that only one in four of us report
eating fish at least once a week. Salmon
is really good for you it is low in calories
and cholesterol, high in protein, vitamin
D and a rich source of omega – 3 essen-
tial fatty acids, which are vital for
healthy hearts and minds. (So all you
pregnant women out there Salmon is an
important part of your diet as it helps
with the growing babies heart and
brain). Try and buy wild Salmon such as
Tasmanian as opposed to farmed
Salmon, Unfortunately most Atlantic
salmon is farmed nowadays whereas
Pacific is wild.
Ingredients
Method
1. Tail the green beans and blanch them
until tender in salted boiling water and
drain. (if using frozen just let them thaw a
little)
2. Put in a bowl with cherry tomatoes and
half the olives.
3. Make a paste by chopping very finely
(or blitzing in food processor) the remain-
ing olives, basil, ( if using tube basil, use a good
inch (or half a teaspoon of pesto), use too much and
it will overpower the dish) anchovies and
capers. Loosen with olive oil.
3. Pre heat the oven to the hottest
temperature.
4. Give the Salmon a quick wash and
dry with kitchen paper.
5 Rub in some of the paste and toss the
rest in with the green beans and
tomatoes.
6. Lay salmon at either end of the tray
and the greens tomatoes and olives in
the middle, (if you put both salmon together the
inside steak does not cook through).
7. Roast in preheated oven for 10
minutes then remove and serve with
lemon wedges.
This is very nice with a homemade
mayonnaise or aioli.
Serve with some sweet potato and
potato slices that are roasted till crisp on
the outside and soft in the middle.
The Salmon with still be a tiny bit pink in
the centre, this is they way you want it
to be-(however for the pregnant ladies, give it a
couple of minutes more to be sure it is cooked all
the way through: do not eat it slightly pink).
100g green beans
(frozen are a good substitute)
10 small cherry tomatoes
14 black olives (pitted)
Extra Virgin olive oil
2 salmon steaks without skin
(Ashburton fish man does a nice steak)
1 lemon
Fresh Basil or the tubes of basil
(if neither is available then a jar of basil pesto will do)
6 anchovy fillets
12 capers
Black pepper
Contri buted by Ted Hanratty
Nothing would be more tiresome than
eating and drinking if God had not made
them a pleasure as well as a
necessity. ~Voltaire
with Olives, Green Beans,
Anchovies and Tomatoes
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VFRS
“As Volunteer Fire Fighters, we do what we can, when we can, where we can,
to the very best of our ability.”
our phone rings. It’s the Captain.
“There’s a rollover on the highway.
Can you attend?” You make your way to the
Station, don your PPE and head down the
access road with your teammates.
When you arrive at the scene the traveller
who first stumbled upon the wreckage is fran-
tic. As they hurriedly explain what they wit-
nessed, you survey the carnage. A white 4WD,
a Patrol perhaps, maybe a Land Cruiser, lies
on its side. The windscreen is shattered and
the body is buckled with fresh dents. Looks like
the vehicle extrication tools will be needed.
The contents of the car are flung across the
road and into the sur-
rounding scrub. A child’s
teddy bear is caught in
the spinifex.
The Captain snaps you
back into focus, asking
you to grab the wheel
chocks while directing
others to grab the cut-
ting gear and first aid kit.
“Make sure it’s secure
first, we don’t want any-
one else getting hurt,”
he orders. That’s your
job, and you need to do
it fast so the others can
get to work. While you
hurry to make the car
safe to work on, one of your teammates starts
calling out to the driver, reassuring them that
help is here and they’ll have them out as soon
as possible. It occurs to you that no one an-
swers back, no one is screaming in pain…
Anyone that has ever completed first aid
training will light-heartedly say the same thing,
“Let’s hope we never have to use it.” And with
a nervous chuckle, everyone agrees. Unfortu-
nately, the training of Emergency Responders
between Nanutarra and Fortescue Roadhous-
es (including the Panna and Millstream Roads)
has been put into use too many times in re-
cent years, having attended 16 accidents
since 2009. Six of those accidents resulted in
fatalities.
But for all the training in vehicle extrication,
first aid and fire fighting our members partake
in, no amount of training can prepare you for
the horrors of attending an accident, espe-
cially one that is particularly gruesome, in-
volves children, or results in a fatality. The
thought that so many of these accidents are
preventable makes them all the more distress-
ing. Most accidents occur not because some-
one is being intentionally reckless, but be-
cause they are in a hurry to get home and are
not stopping for breaks every 2 hours as rec-
ommended.
Accidents will happen. But what angers Emer-
gency Responders, Police and hospital staff
alike are the hoons, whose blatant disregard
for the rules destroy property and puts their
community at risk of injury or death. Is that
burnout really so exciting that you are willing
to risk the life of the small child who escapes
their mother’s hand for just a moment? This
kind of behaviour is nothing short of selfish,
and if you really can’t get through the day
without the thrill of danger and high speeds,
try sky diving or bungy jumping. They come
with the risks too, but at least you won’t be
taking out an innocent life with you.
Thankfully most of the people in our communi-
ty have more sense than to hoon, but still, we
are all at risk of an accident along the vast
stretches of road we travel. Careful planning
of rest stops, changing drivers, wearing seat-
belts and keeping to the prescribed speed
and alcohol limits will help you reach your
destination incident free. Seemingly minor
actions such as reading maps and taking
photos whilst driving have resulted in acci-
dents in the past. It is so simple to pull off the
road to ensure your safety and the safety of
other travellers.
With most of the accidents since 2009 being
caused by driver fatigue, it is little wonder the
WA Local Government Association (WALGA)
presented the Pannawonica ERT/VFRS an
award for the Fatigue Trailer, an initiative
aimed at reducing the number of accidents
on the NWC Highway along our stretch of
road. It was an accident free Easter/ANZAC
long weekend this year, something we believe
was helped by the volunteers manning the
trailer during that time.
…You finish securing the car and allow your-
self to steal a look inside. You’ve felt as though
you’ve been watched the whole time and
you weren’t wrong. Two blank eyes stare at
you, unblinking, and you know something isn’t
right. You step back, and to your horror you
realise you know this car, you know those
eyes, and suddenly it is the greatest fear of
the whole team.
With the use of the Fatigue Trailer the VFRS
can make a difference, but we can’t stop
people from speeding or hooning. That re-
sponsibility falls to you, the driver. The next
time you are in so much of a hurry that you
just have to speed, or can’t find a way to
amuse yourself without putting lives at risk,
spare a thought for the person who won’t lose
the image of those two blank eyes from their
mind for many years to come.
Melanie Campbell
Mother of two and wife of a Volunteer Fire
and Rescue Serviceman.
Motor Vehicle Accidents in the Last 2 years
Between Nanutarra & Fortescue (Panna &
Millstream Road included) Mostly Fatigue
related incidents
2011 – Single LV Rollover – 3 occupants
2011 – Single LV Rollover – 2 occupants
2011 – Single LV Rollover – Fatality
2011 – Single LV vs. Cattle
2010 – Single LV Rollover - Fatality
2010 – Single LV over open edge
2010 – LV towing Caravan - Fatality
2010 – LV towing Caravan vs. Road train
Fatality
2010 – LV Rollover
2010 – LV Rollover - Fatality
2010 – Single LV Rollover
2009 – Single LV Rollover
2009 – Road Train veer off road – Spinal
injury
2009 – Single LV Rollover (High Speed)
2009 – LV Rollover - Fatality
2009 – LV Rollover
(LV = Light Vehicle)
Mock scenario
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simone’s corner
Contributed by Simone Gorry
(Whooping Cough)
affects all age
groups, although it is most serious in
young babies and unimmunised
toddlers less than 2 years of age.
Immunisation is an effective way to
protect people against this disease.
Immunisation is given at 2, 4, and 6
months of age. Booster doses are
needed at three and a half to 4
years pre-school entry, 11 – 12 years
(given in Year 7 for the school based
program) and again as an adult.
This is particularly important if you
are living or working with small
children.
What is pertussis?
Pertussis (or ‘whooping cough’) is a
disease caused by infection of the
throat with the bacteria Bordetella
pertussis.
What are the symptoms?
Pertussis usually begins just like a
cold, with a runny nose, tiredness
and sometimes a mild fever.
Coughing then develops, usually in
bouts, followed by a deep gasp (or
“whoop”). Sometimes people vomit
after coughing.
Pertussis can be very serious in small
children. They may go blue or stop
breathing during coughing attacks
and may need to go to the hospital.
Older children and adults tend to
have a less serious illness, but they
can still have bouts of coughing that
continue for many weeks regardless
of treatment.
How is it spread?
Pertussis is spread to other people
by droplets from coughing or sneez-
ing. Untreated, a person with per-
tussis can spread it to other people
for up to three weeks after onset of
cough.
The time between exposure and
getting sick is usually seven to ten
days, but can be up to three weeks.
Who is at risk?
Anyone can get pertussis.
People living in the same household
as someone with pertussis are more
likely to become infected.
Immunisation greatly reduces your
risk of infection, but reinfection can
occur if immunity wanes.
How is it prevented?
Immunise your child on time
The vaccine does not give lifelong
protection against pertussis, and
protection is sometimes incomplete.
Children need to be immunised at 2,
4 and 6 months of age.
Booster doses of pertussis vaccine
are recommended.
Immunisation is available through
your local general practitioner.
Keep your baby away from people
who cough.
Babies need two or three vaccina-
tions before they are protected. For
this reason, it is very important to
keep people with coughing illnesses
away from your baby so that they
do not pass on pertussis or other
germs.
A vaccine for adults is available. It is
recommended for:
- Both parents when planning a
pregnancy, or as soon as possible
after the baby is born.
- Grandparents and others who will
have contact with the baby.
- Adults working with young
children, especially health care and
child care workers.
If you are a close contact of some-
one with pertussis
- Watch out for the symptoms. If
symptoms develop, see your doctor,
take this Fact Sheet with you and
mention your contact with pertussis.
- Some close contacts are consid-
ered to be at high risk, for example,
children under one year, children
not fully vaccinated, women at the
end of their pregnancy and others
who live or work with people with
immune disorders. These high risk
individuals will be assessed and ad-
vised by public health staff about
the need to take antibiotics to pre-
vent infection.
If you have pertussis:
- Get treated early, you will proba-
bly be given a five day course of
antibiotics which must be complet-
ed to ensure that you are no longer
infectious and a risk to others.
- While infectious (up to 21 days if
you have not had a five day course
of antibiotics), avoid other people
and stay away from young children,
eg. At child care centres, pre-school
and school.
How is it diagnosed?
If a doctor thinks someone has per-
tussis, a swab will be taken from the
back of the nose, or a blood test, to
help confirm the diagnosis.
How is it treated?
A special antibiotic. Antibiotics can
prevent the spread of the bacteria
to other people.
Coughing often continues for many
weeks despite treatment, but is usu-
ally no longer infectious after 21
days, or after a five day course of
antibiotics.
Get immunised
if you are an
adult in close
contact with
small children
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community
By Eilish Mc Nulty
t’s hard to believe that this month’s
gym challenge winner Michaela
Williams was not always as active and
energetic as she is now. Michaela hav-
ing given birth to her son Tate one year
ago was a size 20 and at her heaviest.
Today Michaela is a size 14, looks and
feels great and is an amazing motivator
and inspiration to others.
Until the age of 30 Michaela was a
healthy weight, active and involved in
sports. A nasty ankle injury while playing
netball signified a turning point for
Michaela. Gradually weight started to
creep on and after the birth of her
second child Michaela knew things had
to change. “I saw a photo of myself from
a few years earlier and couldn’t believe
how much weight I had put on. I knew I
needed to take action. I had to change
my lifestyle and I was the only one who
could do it”. The 27th September 2010
was ‘D’ day and since then Michaela
has never looked back.
Like many other’s Michaela turned to
dieting for the answer to weight loss.
After attempting several different diets
including Dr Cohen’s, Grapefruit diet,
Atkins, CSIRO, Blood Type Diet, Low GI,
Sure Slim, Easy Slim, Weight Watchers
and Cabbage Soup Diet, Michaela
realised a quick fix diet was not the
answer and that she needed to make a
lifestyle change. “Every time I tried a new
diet I lost weight but put it all back on
and more as soon as I stopped”. The
change came about when Michaela
picked up some tips from Easy Slim (now
know as Weight Watchers). Easy Slim
helped Michaela gain a good
knowledge of portion control and the
importance of choosing foods from all
five food groups including cereals, fruit &
veg, dairy, meat and fats & oils. It also
encouraged regular moderate exercise.
With this knowledge and great personal
motivation; Michaela fine tuned her
eating habits and kick-started a healthier
lifestyle.
Having gotten a good handle on her
diet Michaela knew the next challenge
was exercise and she set a goal of walk-
ing for 30 minutes everyday. “Walking is
golden. Walk as much as you can. Every
bit of movement counts”. The 30 minute
target soon jumped to 45 minutes and
then to an hour. Michaela also started
adding a small bit of jogging
into her daily walk. “The first
time I jogged Harding Street I
thought I was going to have
a heart attack. Jogging is
about the only time when I
don't talk. I was so out of
breath and struggled, but it
got easier and the more I
persisted the easier it got”.
Michaela’s next challenge
was to start attending the
gym and fitness classes. She
started as a regular
attendee at Mum’s Time
class and proceeded to at-
tend all fitness classes. Some
of her favourites include
Bootcamp, Boxercise and
Pump It. Michaela won the
gym challenge title this
month for attending the
highest number of classes
and sports in town. This is a
wonderful achievement and
highlights the amazing
determination of this lady.
She is also a keen squash
player and is currently partic-
ipating in the Panna Open
Tennis Competition.
It isn’t always easy getting
started and Michaela had
some challenges along the
way.
“I found it very hard to get nice exer-
cise / gym clothes as a size 18/20. Most
sports manufacturers don’t cater for
larger individuals and for me it was just a
matter of wearing whatever fit comforta-
bly. Dropping the weight has given me a
choice in what I can wear to exercise.
Another frustrating factor is that results
don’t happen quicker and it’s very easy
to get demoralised when you’re working
hard and not seeing the numbers drop
on the scales. It’s important to remember
that your body is adjusting to this new
lifestyle and persistence is key.”
Michaela puts her success down to
personal determination and support
from friends and family. “When I lost my
first 2kg I rang my mum & dad straight
away. I was so excited and had just told
them about the 2kg weight loss when my
daughter Mischa overheard and said "I'll
help you find them mum", which then
made me realise quickly that I am never
going to find those 2 kgs again, and not
to mention weight in front of my children
particularly at such a young age. My
partner Tony and sister Simone have
been amazing supports. Simone and I
have laughed and cried through the
good and bad times. My friends have
supported me all the way. Small gestures
like giving me a skipping rope or getting
me some exercise clothes have really
made a difference”. Michaela has
inspired so many ladies in town to aim
high and strive to achieve their goals.
She is such a positive breath of fresh air
and is always first to offer help or some
motivating words to those that need it.
“Michaela has done very well with her
weight loss and she should be proud of
herself. I certainly found her enthusi-
asm during class infectious and motivat-
ing, Michaela is very animated and
encouraging. I hope she continues to do
well and achieves her goals.” Teresa
Hanratty
“Michaela is a total inspiration not only
for adults in classes but also for all the
kids in town. Many an evening I have
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community
seen her walking past my house
and in class when you think you
can’t possibly push out one
more rep Michaela is there to
spur you on. She definitely makes
classes more enjoyable. Love
your work “ Mel Gallanagh
Michaela’s Top Tips:
1. Walk, Walk, Walk. Walk to the shops, walk over to your
mate’s house for a catch up and if you can take the
longer route go for it.
2. Take every opportunity to move
3. When starting out keep a record of your exercise and
diet. It helps you calculate how much you are taking in
and burning off.
4. Hang out your clothes rather than use a dryer, if you
children are at sports or playing then join them. Get up
there and jump on the trampoline with the kids not only do
the kids love it but it is great fun
If it feels too hot it’s time to hit the pool or air-conditioned
gym.
5. Avail of the services in town, attend a class or get some
help and advice from the Health and Wellness Consultants
at the Lifestyle Centre
6. Don’t try fad diets, the weight will always creep back
on. Make a lifestyle change and make sure your output is
higher than you’re input.
7. If you’re out for dinner or lunch always avoid deep fried
food and opt for extra salad.
8. Don’t deprive yourself of anything. If you want a piece
of chocolate then enjoy it, just remember to work that bit
harder later on to burn it off.
9. Push the boundaries and challenge yourself. Work to the
best of your ability and never give up.
Having conquered all her fitness goals to date Michaela
has her eye set on a new target. She has always wanted
to learn how to surf and going off her progress so far I be-
lieve it’s only a matter of time before she starts hitting the
big waves. She is planning a 70’s themed party once she
gets down into the 70kg markers and we have no doubt its
right around the corner.
Michaela knows first-hand how difficult it can be to get
started and she is very interested in setting up a Weight
Watchers in Pannawonica. If this is something you are in-
terested in you can contact Michaela on Kay-
la@iinet.net.au .
Michaela is a wonderful example of what can be
achieved through exercise and a healthy, well balanced
diet. If you are in a similar situation or can relate to
Michaela’s story then now is the time to take action. Take
the first step and as Michaela says, “Go on you good
thing!”.
Eilish Mc Nulty
Pannawonica Lifestyle Centre
A Golf
course in
Panna?
Yes!
he Pannawonica
Heights Golf Club
was first established in
1997. In those earlier years
the course was a place to
go and smash ball so when
we got the opportunity to
compete; we could display some form & skill. Now we are a
fully operational club which is recognised in the Pilbara re-
gion as being a competitive golf course; with members
known to be highly skilled in both the Pilbara District Opens
and in competing on the Panna Golf Course (Especially
when it comes to beating the Spinifex Fairy!).
A club Constitution exists and the 2011 committee members
are: Mr Alex Reid President, Mr Ben Maher Vic President, Mr
Arthur Hall Secretary/Treasurer and Mr Mark Davidson Club
Captain. Membership at present is 16 which also includes our
Ladies- the Panna course is designed for both Men's and
Ladies. Our normal club competitions are scroungers (5 holes)
on a Tuesday or Thursday and a (9) hole on Sunday Morning
which enables players to participate according to their shift
rosters, also throughout the season we run social games for
the community which consist of a Best Ball Better Ball
Ambrose comp.
This years Open is proudly sponsored by Rio Tinto Community
Development and is planned for Saturday 8th October (see
page 39 for more details). Pannawonica Heights Golf Club
will be catering for approx 40 players who travel from other
Pilbara district clubs being Karratha, Roebourne, Paraburdoo,
Newman and Exmouth.
In previous years players
have also travelled from
Perth, Kalgoorlie and
Kalbarri along with
special guests. Based
on the interest showed
to date, it appears this
year will be same.
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For more information about Golfing in Panna or the
upcoming Open call:
Alex Reid President 0419 967 682
Mark Davidson Captain 0417 940 801
Arthur Hall Secretary/Treasurer 0419 969 709
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ʇȱʑɚ\ʝɤGɛ
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wonder world
HELLO READERS,
Welcome to the wonderful world of spiders.
Spiders are everywhere, in your garden, house,
trees, rocks, streams and strung out in their
webs. They are hunters, architects, engineers,
doting mothers and vicious cannibals. Some
spiders live in webs, some under bark and
leaves, some in burrows under ground with
special lids we call trapdoors. There are over
2000 species of spiders in Australia and only a
few are dangerous to humans. The Red Back is
the one to worry about here, although if you
get bitten by any spider it will cause some dis-
comfort, and you should seek medical advice.
The Orb Weaver spiders get a bad rap because
of people walking into their webs, However the
actual spider is harmless to us. They do a great
job in keeping the fly population down. Red
Backs like dry, darker places and that is why
man made structures appeal to them. Under
outdoor furniture is a good spot for them, so
check underneath if you haven’t used your
furniture in a while. Daddy Longlegs actually
feed on Red Backs, so they are not so bad to
have around. Wolf Spiders are plentiful around
Panna. If you shine a torch at night you might
see their eyes shine like a gem stone.
Wolf spiders don’t use a web, they hunt with
stealth and speed to catch their prey. They are
also a loving caring mother to their young. The
mother Wolf will carry her eggs about with her
underneath the abdomen, and when they
hatch, all the young ones climb onto her back.
The young will cling to her back until they are
strong enough to fend for themselves. There
can be hundreds of young all clinging to her
back at once, a truly amazing sight. Anyway,
that’s all from me until next time. I hope you
enjoy. Looking forward to any correspondence,
Thank you, Baz.
RED BACK
(very common found all over Australia)
GARDEN ORB WEAVER (You can see
these building their web at sunset, an amazing feat,
then pull it down at sunrise, rest all day and do it all
again!)
THE SPIDER AND THE
FLY
DADDY LONGLEGS WITH EGG
SACK_ THEY HUNT RED BACKS
TOO!
HUNTSMAN ON THE
PROWL
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wonder world
REATURES FROM OUR OWN BACKYARD
IF ANYONE
WOULD LIKE
TO CONTACT
ME:
barry.dethmore@bigpond.com
Ph: 0408955146
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:
Golden Orb, Garden Orb, Garden Orb web, Wolf
Spider on the hunt , Golden Orb web and egg
sacks.
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rachael’s book
review
arching Powder is an absolutely true story about
British drug trafficker Thomas McFadden that
makes a bad deal and ends up in possibly the most corrupt
prison on earth, San Pedro. The only way to survive is to have
money to pay off the guards and buy everything you need in-
cluding your cell. The prison is made up of 8 different sections
with the best and most expensive sections housing the inside
drug dealers and politicians, with the poorer inmates living in a
devastating squalor.
Thomas conducts illegal tours of the prison for visitors and it was
during one of these tours that he met Rusty Young an Australian
Law graduate. The guards where paid off so that Rusty could
stay with Thomas for 3 months so that this story could be
recorded.
What Thomas endures during his stay is incredible, with dramatic
highs and lows as he battles through his court case and tries
various ways to make money such as opening a restaurant,
making cocaine and the tours. It seems that the best cocaine in
North America actually comes from inside the San Pedro Prison,
who better to make it? Some of the inmates are insane and
completely addicted to the drug of choice, which is why it was
so surprising that there are a number of wives and children living
within the prison walls.
It is difficult to comprehend that these are actual events, that
blatant cruelty, violence, and mass corruption is so rife and
allowed to continue. Marching Powder makes for a shocking
and compelling read, it’s an insight into another world.
%ɨ5DɭKȧɰɗ-ʝUGʋɚ
I find television very
educating. Every
time somebody turns
on the set, I go into
the other room and
read a book.”
Groucho Marx
‘Marching Powder’
reviewing
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library
Chicken Lingo
Pullet – a young female chicken from day-old to 15 months – the pullet year is the most
productive of a hen’s life (lots of eggs)
Moult – when a pullet stops laying and drops feathers, usually occurs during Autumn
Hen – after the first moult, hens lay fewer but bigger eggs
Point-of-lay – when a pullet is ready to start laying, generally around 21 weeks of age
Broody – when a hen stops laying and remains on its eggs to incubate them
Mon– Fri
10am-4pm
Tuesday also open
6.30pm-8.30pm
Ph: 91841038
Lɵȴɏ Ɉ cʋ¬ʋʢɨ Jʝʨɚ Ɉ coɪɗ ʛʖȸɏ,
ʃȱcȿɏ ʋȾɏ ʃȱɏ Jʋgɡ Է ʝʦɠ ʙʖɃcɡ...
f you have been passed the Library lately and thought you had seen some
chickens scratching around on the lawn, or if you have pulled up in the
carpark and been lucky enough to be greeted by some very friendly feath-
ered creatures…your eyes are not deceiving you, the Library has chooks!
Yes, Libraries are in the book business and you would be right to assume it is
very unusual to see chooks following you as you walk up to the Library but “the
girls” have an important role in the monitoring of mosquito borne viruses. A
small amount of blood is taken from the chooks each fortnight and tested for
antibodies of Murray Valley Encephalitis and Kunjin Virus. If the test return
positive it indicates the prevalence of the disease in the area and gives the
community a “heads up” to take precautions against mosquito bites. Although
unlike a canary down a coal mine, the chickens don’t suffer any ill effects from
warning us about danger!!
Chickens are ideal for the program because they are sensitive to the virus but
they do not amplify or transfer the virus in any way, and be assured, they don’t
get sick from it either. Some mosquitos are attracted to animals, some to birds
and some to humans. The type of mosquitos that carry the MVE and Kunjin
viruses are attracted to both birds and humans, and the presence of the virus
in the chooks allows local governments to manage their mosquito control
programs to target the right type of mosquito at the right time of year.
We change the chooks over every year, just as we seem to get them trained to
greet people in a more appropriate manner, instead of pecking toes, we have
to send them off to new homes and get ready to train another 12 chickens.
Apart from the toe pecking all “the girls” seem to have their own quirky person-
alities, one will stand on the railings and supervise as we collect the eggs, an-
other will only drink from water on the ground and loves it when we clean out
the water trough and others like to peck at the library door to say hello when
they are allowed to free range. One adventurous girl even attempted to cross
Panna Drive to greet me on my way back from the Post office, this was
accompanied by a few pecks of my shoes before she ran off to join the others
for a dust bath.
“The girls” favourite day of the week seems to be Tuesday, when they are visit-
ed by the little humans who come to the Library for Storytime, and sometimes
score a feed of bread from them. So if you’re every wondering if you should
throw out that wilting lettuce, squishy strawberries or even going stale bread…
think of the chickens servicing our communities health warning system and
pop down to the library to give them a treat. They may even lay you some
eggs in return….
Aʙɔ ɧ
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I like to take photographs and to have pictures of my memories of people,
places and events. As such, my children also like to take control of the camera to
take their own shots. They take some weird, wonderful and delightful pictures.
Usually you need to take quite a few shots to get that one lovely photo,
and in the digital age we are in that's the accepted norm now. You take as many
pictures as you want, and just manually delete the ones that don't work out, then
get them printed out pretty much instantly when you go to a digital photo printing
booth. Which is funny, because it really wasn't that long ago that we were only
able to use actual film. Then depending on the film cartridge size you got, you
only got like 24 or 36 shots per film. Depending on how lucky you were sometimes
you could squeeze one or two extra shots on, and just hope that it didn't just
superimpose the last couple of shots in together! This also meant that every photo
was not only more precious, but that there were a lot more shots that you saw
after they have been developed, and thought 'that's not how I wanted to capture
that moment!'
When you are an adult taking pictures of a single person or of a group of
people, you always seem to be constantly reminding everyone (or a select few!) to
smile, look this way, say 'cheese', sit still, look at the camera, just a few
more, look at me everyone .... you get the drift! Also in general you need to take
quite a few shots to get that nice photo.
When children take pictures, they also take quite a few shots as well,
but they don't need to ask people to smile, when they take a photo there are
always smiles even from other children, it's just an automatic thing that happens
when kids are behind the camera. I really feel that it stems from when you 'play'
at taking photos with your children, you ham it up in front of the camera for
them, and when they are taking a photo it's a lot more relaxed and fun and you can
be yourself more.
Most common place things to us can be an adventure or a puzzle for them.
Also I think seeing what they see sometimes, can bring some of our childhood joy
and wonder at the world around us back, as we see our world through their eyes.
They can also take some extremely artistic photos of things, just from the change
in the way they can see things. They can also take some incriminating shots of
what they happened to be up to while no one was watching. (Now Mummy KNOWS what
happened to her new stick of lip balm!)
Viewing the world from our children's eyes I think can be a very interest-
ing journey. What they find captivating and interesting we may glance over or not
recognise as the wondrous thing that they do. Because while we as adults have
already experienced much in our lives, they are still in the starting stages of
discovering everything. We look at things with an
adult eye, while they still see the wonder, and
child's delight in every single thing.
They might not get it in focus, there
might be fingers in the way of the lens, they
possibly won't get the subject of the photo fully
in the shot. But I think there is merit in
changing our point of view to our children's and
giving them control of the camera for a while. You
might be pleasantly surprised with the results,
plus don't forget they always get the smiles.
reflections
By Samantha Sylva
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annawonica is a town for families and by its very nature there are a
lot of pregnant ladies. I am currently one of them. Hi my name is Ted
and I am 41, married to John and we have a daughter Eileesh who is 3. We
have been trying to get pregnant for a couple of years and finally it has
happened. I credit our move to Panna for this. In order to move I gave up a
very stressful job and from everything I have read stress and pregnancy do
not go hand in hand. I also needed to lose some weight and get fit and that
was relatively easy to do here as the facilities are so good and some of the
classes are designed for mums. So with the help and encouragement of Eilish
and Bee I lost some kilos and was in the best shape I had been in years, not
only was I physically in good shape but mentally too; having made some
great friends and getting out and about with Eileesh. I thought I would put
pen to paper and tell you of my experience so far (13 weeks pregnant as I
write this) and in so doing perhaps share a little information with those that
are wanting, trying or who already are pregnant. But this is just my journey
and not necessarily how you will find your pregnancy progresses.
The two week wait was the hardest. If you are trying like us you will want to
know when you ovulate, maybe check your temperature or like me pee on
a little stick that gives you a line when you are about to ovulate. Some wom-
en instinctively know as this is when their libido goes hay wire. Look out hus-
bands! It is “Come here I am interested in you, (or more correctly your little
swimmers) and NO, I do not have a headache”! This can get interesting with
a three year old and shift work. Then it is a case of waiting to see if the
dreaded period arrives. Now, I know some of the tests state you can test 5
days before your missed period however this is not a good idea as the egg
may implant and you may get a faint line showing you a positive result but
then the egg does not take and the next thing you know the test is negative
or your period arrives. Having done this it is very disheartening and somewhat
upsetting – like water works for 24 hours. So yes, I recommend waiting until
your period is due and you miss then do the test it’s much more accurate
and not as upsetting.
Then the fun starts!- We did the test, yep we are pregnant but quite frankly I
knew as mount Vesuvius had erupted on my chest and the boobs were
huge. (great for husband not for me-ouch!)
Next the dreaded morning sickness hit only it is now all day and a lot worse at
night. This happens as the HCG rises and the side effects for mum is to puke
or feel sick and quite frankly I do not care if this is a good sign that baby is
developing well it is a horrible side of pregnancy! Not just horrible but some-
what embarrassing at times; like puking at the club after Mexican, (which
was lovely on the way down not so good on the return journey) Puking in
public is also not the way to keep the pregnancy quiet, nor is a three year
old who tells people that mummy has her brother or sister in her tummy! I
really should not winge as I am not as bad as some of my friends who are
also expecting.
I was horrendously tired. This too, is a common side effect but I found it much
harder this time round. I don’t think it helps keeping up with the hyper active
three year old or being 41- and feeling it. Lucky John was lovely and I could
get a nap in the afternoons I have never slept so much in my life.
Oh and peeing every 10 minutes, what a joy! I now know where The public
toilets are in Panna, including the one next to the deli which I found on one
eventful arvo when I needed to pee and puke at the same time, shouting to
some blokes “where’s the loo?” they pointed it out with a look of horror, not
sure if they thought I would puke on them or pee myself. (You would think
peeing often so early on would not be the case since the baby is so small,
however your blood supply increases to accommodate baby and therefore
your kidneys are filtering more blood so you produce more urine).
Once the home test confirmed it, it was off to the GP to get the blood test. I
went in first at 6 weeks and a nice elderly GP wrote a form out for my bloods
but did little else. So it was off to the lovely Simone who explained things and
did the bloods, Simone was great and very comforting she explained that I
needed another form for a blood test at 10.5 weeks and a scan at 12.5
weeks this is for Down Syndrome. Simone explained that you need to be seen
regularly (4 weekly) to start with. She discussed where I can have baby and
explained I do not need to leave town at a set time as long as things are
progressing well. I walked out of her office feeling calm and safe. I was very
concerned about the lack of consistency with the GP’s here in Panna but felt
with Simone in my corner things would be OK. (I should explain that I was an
undiagnosed gestational diabetic with my first child due to poor GP care
and obviously this was on my mind). I returned to the GP at 8 weeks for a
check up. My blood pressure was checked but not my weight. (It is im-
portant you get your base line BP and weight done asap as later in the preg-
nancy if you show signs of preeclampsia these base lines will be important -if
the GP does not do them ask Simone who will be happy to help you).
A couple of the symptoms scared me a little. Firstly; the headaches as I had
preeclampsia with Eileesh. I was a little concerned about the headaches but
at my 8 week GP visit with Jane (the GP at the time) she soon put my mind to
rest. Also cramps in my lower abdomen but again, Jane kindly explained
“obviously you are getting cramps your uterus is growing, as long as there is
no bleeding it is normal” When explained it makes sense but as with a lot of
pregnant women my brain has deserted me and panic sets in real fast! (I am
a registered nurse so you would think I might be less inclined to panic, not so,
unfortunately a little extra knowledge can be dangerous!)
I returned to the GP at 12 weeks to get a PATS form filled in for my trip to
Karratha for the scan ( yes, you are entitled to PATS to go to Karratha for
medical appointments when you cannot get the service in town). This experi-
ence was not pleasant, the GP lacked ‘bedside manner’. She was demand-
ing and rude. I was told I am too fat to give birth at Karratha and basically to
fat for everything (which is untrue), my genetics are no good, and am I really
serious about keeping this baby?, “You are 41 after all”. I can safely say I
walked out feeling very bad and disheartened and the lovely Simone was
not there to talk it over with so I talked to my friends who all made me feel
better. All I can say is if you are unfortunate enough to meet a GP like this
one, do not be disheartened and speak to other people and Simone to get
a more rounded view.
Finally scan day arrived and I was sick with worry. For many women the first
scan is scary; will everything be ok? My biggest concern was I will have the
scan and there will be no baby -it was all been in my head! Waiting an hour
past appointment time for the scan, with a full bladder wasn’t easy; I was
relieved when they called my name! Then I was told I had to much urine-
“What? You want me to empty some, you are joking right?”, but no she was
serious. I can say that was nearly impossible to do but we managed- smile.
Thankfully the scan went well and I was very reassured to see there was a
baby or more so a skeletal looking thing in there (I do not remember Eileesh
being that scrawny!).
So far it has gone well. I like that our Eileesh is adjusting to the news. Some-
times she walks around with either her toy puppy or dolly shoved up her shirt
and tells people the doctor is going to cut her baby out soon. She pulls up
her top and ‘feeds baby’, rather funny (except in the middle of the Coles
check out!)
13 weeks and our Baby is no longer classed as an embryo but a foetus- yay!.
I am looking forward to the next 3 months and hope the sickness settles.
parenthood
By TeresaHanratty
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A look into what keeps our town alive
or the miners themselves, we can become quite blasé about the place we
work, but for an outsider or especially the kiddies it is probably a very
awesome place. Because everything is so big it all seems relevant to one
another, until you see the machinery parked near an ordinary vehicle,
or a person standing alongside.
STATE MINES MACHINES
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Bulldozers, Dozers,
Trackdozers, Tractors…
Different names for the same machine, the Dozer is
a very versatile machine, used for clearing and
shaping, setting up benches and haul roads ,before
the other machines move in. Because they have
tracks , their ground pressure is very low ,and can
work in boggy, wet conditions. Below is a Dozer in
action, pushing down a new ramp, ready for min-
ing.
Some Dozers have wheels and you wouldn't
believe, they’re called Wheel Dozers !
(or Tigers). Because they have wheels they
can't go in the soft ,boggy areas, but can still
be used for pushing bulk dirt, and cleaning up
the place. Above is a Wheel Dozer with a man
beside it , to see how big it is.
By Barry Dethmore
Loaders or
Front End Loaders,
are huge machines, and as their name im-
plies load the material onto the Haulpacks. They
have a huge bucket that can pick up 50 tonnes
at a time, and place it in the trucks. Mainly they
load the processed iron ore, that goes on the
trucks, which in turn goes to the train load out to
be put on trains, which then goes to the coast to
go on the giant ships for export. Loaders are also
used for getting rid of the waste material so you
can get to the ore underneath, and general tidying up around
the mine site, building safety windrows, and backfilling old pits.
Because they have wheels they need to be on hard ground to
work, and if it gets to boggy, they will bring the excavators in to
take over. The wheels on the Loaders are huge ,well over two
people high.
Woody with his loader
Loader busy at PP2
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Excavators or Diggers,
another huge machine, this one weighs 360
tonnes, and is used when it gets to boggy for
the Loaders to work. They also are able to grab
dirt that is below the level that they're working
on ,so the Haulpacks can stay on the dry ,hard
ground ,while the Digger gets the wet material
to load into the trucks. (See above). The Digger
is also used to scrape the outside walls of the
pit , which is called batter work, to make the pit
safe from over hangs that could fall onto peo-
ple or machinery.
Trucks, Haulpacks,
Dump-trucks,
Rear-dumps,
these are what carry the ore, low-grade,
waste, and sometimes rubbish, all around the
mine site to its proper location. These trucks
carry a load of 200 tonnes and like the rest of
the fleet, work around the clock, 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There
are more trucks than other machinery on site,
each dig unit gets 3 or 4 trucks to keep the
production cycle going. Also people starting
off in the mines usually start on the trucks, to
get a feel of the mining environment ,before being
trained up on other machinery. There is another kind
of truck on the mine site that doesn't haul dirt, but
hauls water to spray on the haul roads to keep the
dust down for safety and environmental reasons.
Water truck in action
Haulpack in the wet
Big toys for big boys (& girls!)
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Hi All,
Wow it’s amazing how the year has flown and I hope you are all enjoying the fantastic
weather! When I first took on the commitment as Gala President I knew with the fantastic
team behind me I knew we could make the Gala Ball and Day a
wonderful success.
The ball kicked off the weekend on the 9th of July and with a
masquerade theme added mystery and magic to the night,
thanks to ISS for supplying the delicious cocktail menu with a
variety of small finger good on the night and a huge thanks to the
Sneaky Weasel Gang who trekked up from Perth to play on the
night.! All the ladies and gentlemen look absolutely stunning as
we partied the night away! Congratulations to Marg Thomas who
won our major prize of a weekend away in Coral Bay thanks to DT
workforce and to Jess Arthur and Natalie McNamara who won
our other sponsorship prizes.
Due to the bad weather the next day the Gala Day was held on the 23rd of July and a huge
thank you to all the supporters who made it on the day. With the Volunteer Fire Rescue
Services doing a showcase of their services and to all the major community groups who
contributed to the day we made it such a successful event.
MoJʏȲɏ MɵIIʝɚ
Gala President 2011
gala
Masquerade
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ballet
istance should not be detrimental to the dancer and adhering to this the founders of
Terre Rouge Ballet brought the art of ballet to the children of the Pilbara. Terre Rouge Ballet
(Red Earth Ballet – a nod to our beautiful region) was originally formed in Karratha to fill the
void following the closure of the only Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) accredited dance
school within hundreds of kilometres. It is a non-profit organisation run by a team of
extremely dedicated individuals, including Michelle Cleaver Wilkinson, registrar and princi-
ple teacher. Having trained extensively with the Royal Academy of Dance, her role within
Terre Rouge is that of overseer and mentor to the teachers, ensuring a high level of excellence within all levels of dance.
Running through Terre Rouge Ballet in Karratha and in affiliation with the Royal Academy of Dance we have brought the
cultural world of the arts that is ballet to the children of Pannawonica! Through their support and the amazing generosity
from Rio Tinto in setting us up with fundamentally needed
dance equipment and materials we have been able to
make this all a reality. So on behalf of everyone involved
our thanks is extended to Rio Tinto for their gracious contri-
bution as without their help none of this would have been
possible.
Everything in life seems to go by faster and faster making it
increasingly harder to find or create something that en-
dures. The Royal Academy of Dance however, has suc-
ceeded in doing just that. And it is with great pride that
Terre Rouge Ballet Pannawonica is able to work in
conjunction with them to provide such a professionally
accredited dance school.
We have had an amazingly successful start to all our
consecutive classes offering ballet to both boys and girls
ages 3-9 years, which we hope to broaden both in age
and in skill level in coming years. We start with dance and
performance for ages 3-4 years taught by Michaela
Williams and assisted by Sam Sylva (above right photo).
Even from this young age the RAD syllabus is followed al-
lowing a smooth transition into following grades. Our next
level is pre-primary for ages 5-6 years followed by pre-
primary / primary for ages 7-9 years. Both of which are
taught by Katie Mowday and assisted by Jo Toki and
Natalie McNamara (see bottom right photo). With the
relief assistant for all classes being Kath Collins and Kym
Chalmers. An enormous thank you to the invaluable work
that both the teachers and assistants have all done.
There are many things to look forward to within the com-
ing months. The possibility of combined workshops with
Karratha at the end of this term is on the horizon, and
every effort is being made to make that possibility a
reality. Also our end of term open day for parents to come and observe their children during a class presenta-
tion. Dates of which for both will be announced well in advance.
Further down the line, our dancers will typically aspire to accreditation through the Royal Academy
of Dance in the form of presentations and exams. Exams offer inspiration, a sense of pride and a
level of achievement recognised both nationally and internationally. The Royal Academy of
Dance is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations
in the world and we are proud to retain this high level of instruction.
Finally, Terre Rouge Ballet Pannawonica thanks everyone for welcoming the opening of the
dance school with such enthusiasm and participation. Making this a reality for our little
Pilbara town and putting Pannawonica on the map in the world of the arts.
Kind Regards
Gypsy Prosser
TRB Co-ordinator Pannawonica
(08) 91841840 / 0409441829
gypsy01@live.com.au
“The rhythm of dance is our
universal mother tongue.
It’s the language of the soul.”
Gabrielle Roth
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community
Hello readers,
My husband and I thought we might give you an insight into how our lives
have been affected after just 6 weeks of quitting; a lot of you are showing
a genuine interest in our progress. As a result of the recent increase in
cost, never mind the health problems, more and more people are choos-
ing to give up the addiction. Between the two of us we collectively have
been smoking 35 years! Doug and I were typical one pack a day people.
Long term smokers, Doug, 25 years and myself for 10 years -it’s definitely a
daunting task to quit. Having never really responded to the governments
‘quit campaigns’ with graphic images or even taking heed when I had
nursed terminal cancer patients, neither of us were really motivated to
stop. However it became apparent we had to make a change when our
son James at the age of two took an unhealthy interest in our smoking;
offering us lighters and imitating us. Another huge motivating factor was
whilst doing finances we established we were spending $800+ a month on
cigarettes. Scary I know- Most people would be spending that on a
mortgage. Doug could have the boat he wants!! We could travel to some
dream destinations, even start an education fund for our son, the possibili-
ties are endless. So after listening to people talk about Champix and the
pros and cons we decided to see how well it would work for us. Thankfully
both of us are responding really well to the pills. Some of the immediate
things we have noticed in the last 6 weeks are our sense of smell returning,
food actually tastes so much better, our teeth are whiter, improved fitness,
more motivation for life, a healthier bank account and hopefully we will
be teaching James healthier living. We credit our success and motivation
to supportive friends and family.
As they say there’s nothing worse than a reformed smoker, but I say give it
a go you might be presently surprised!
For all those contemplating quitting smoking
and breaking the habit.
Kate & Doug Blake
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erhaps you have heard it said, that “there is no place to get a
good coffee in town”, perhaps like me, you even said it yourself. Well,
recently I found out that things have changed and there is good
coffee to be had. Yes, it’s at the Deli, and if you haven’t been there
in awhile it is worth checking out.
I couldn’t write this little article, or recommend you head to the Deli
without first trying it myself. I have a few times now, and I have to say
that the coffee has significantly improved. I’m no coffee snob but I
have tasted enough in my time to say that it is comparable to the
cafés I frequented in our pre-Panna days!
Why the changes? Well, I had to find out too! Which lead me to hav-
ing a good chat with the Deli’s FIFO Supervisor, Jax. Jax began work-
ing in Panna the January of 2010, firstly as a cleaner. It wasn’t much
longer that the opportunity to run the Deli came up and with Jax’s
extensive experience in the food service industry she has proved to
be an asset to the place. Jax is herself a trained Barista and as such
can identify a good brew! It took a few months but the time came
when the Deli saw the farewell of pre-ground coffee beans and wel-
comed the new grinder. Now the Deli serves freshly ground coffee
daily. It is not only the new grinder, or the regularly delivered fresh
beans that have improved the coffee but Jax and ISS have also
up-skilled their staff with training to use the coffee equipment. That’s
not all!, hot chocolates and flavoured coffee is on it’s way— and
watch the space for cakes too. With the outdoor seating, coffee and
soon cake, Panna will have the perfect little set up for dates with
friends and lazy days off.
-MM
(and cake?)
It is not just the coffee that has changed, you can now enjoy
freshly baked baguettes, lunch rolls, focaccia or how about a club
sandwich made fresh every morning?
Whilst the deli still serves it’s ol’ faithfuls and favourites (deep fried
goods, burgers & chips) it is continually adding new and healthy op-
tions to their menu. Go take a look for yourself!
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panna police
Greetings once
more from the
Pannawonica
Police
Whilst driving around our
lovely little town we have
noticed the amount of valu-
able property left at the
front of peoples houses and
in the trays of utes and so
forth. This includes property
such as bikes, fishing gear,
tools, gardening equipment
amongst other valuable
possessions. Although we
are blessed with very little
petty theft in our community ‘an ounce
of prevention is worth a pound of cure’
as the saying goes. In any other town a
lot of this sort of property would have
‘walked’ by now so please get in the
habit of putting your valuables away.
On Saturday the 13th of August a Blue
Light Disco was held at the community
hall. It turned out to be very successful
with everyone appearing to have a
good time. It was a great starting point
to have even bigger and better discos
on a regular basis. A big thank you goes
out to all the parents who helped out on
the night and to Helen, Mat and Cheryl
who came down from Karratha to set up
and run the disco.
An ongoing issue in town at the moment
is the riding of quad bikes in and around
the townsite. We at the police station
understand that most quad users are
doing the right thing. Quad bikes are a
way of getting out and about for a bit of
fun and recreation but as usual there are
a small minority that are determined to
ruin it for everyone else. As mentioned
most quad bike users are sensible when
deciding when, where and how to ride.
A few are ruining it by damaging fences,
chasing stock and riding too fast and
recklessly close to town. Get your bike
away from town and don’t damage
property. As police officers we can not
condone the breaking of any laws but
common sense must prevail.
Bear this in mind * Any unregistered vehi-
cle cannot be driven on a road without
the appropriate permit. Even if you push
or tow your quad bike, unlicensed motor
bike or vehicle on a road you are
deemed to be in control of that vehicle
and therefore breaking the law. You
could find yourself getting a summonsed
to court. We don’t want it to come to
that but that may be our only option if
we keep getting complaints. Also some-
thing else to consider is this - if someone
gets seriously injured whilst riding an unli-
censed vehicle there will be no 3rd party
cover. If there are ongoing expensive
medical costs and extended time off
work who pays? It turns into a legal
nightmare.
If the station owners decided that they
didn’t want people riding quad bikes on
their land because of damage to fences
and cattle getting chased then there
would be nowhere around town to ride.
You would need to purchase a trailer
and take your quad to somewhere you
are allowed to ride it.
While we are having a whinge there is
another ongoing problem; that of street
drinking. Again common sense must pre-
vail. We are not inundated with com-
plaints about people’s behaviour at
night but it is unsightly when you walk
around town and find empty beer bot-
tles and so forth littering
our town. People have
been
drinking after hours at
‘The Rocks’, this is not a
licensed area so please
find somewhere else
that isn’t in a public
place.
Please remember that
there are a lot of shift
workers among us who
work long hard hours so be considerate
when it comes to noisy parties and mu-
sic. On a still evening noise can travel a
long way and we all know how annoying
and frustrating it can be when you are
laying there trying to get to sleep and
something is keeping you awake.
Also remember that you can ring the
Crime Stoppers number at anytime to
report any offence or suspicious activity.
You can remain anonymous and you
may be eligible for a reward. Ring 1800
333 000 24hrs 7 days a week.
On a lighter note:
A policeman pulls a man over for speed-
ing and asks him to get out of the car.
After looking the man over he says, "Sir, I
couldn't help but notice your eyes are
bloodshot. Have you been drinking?"
The man gets really indignant and says,
"Officer, I couldn't help but notice your
eyes are glazed. Have you been eating
doughnuts?"
Regards
Pannawonica Police
Officer in Charge Sr. Tony Di Giuseppe Sr. Constable Tom Bateman
Phone: 9184 1222
Fax: 9184 1022Email:
Pannawonica.Police.Station@Police.wa.gov.au
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community
1. Pannawonica Drive, Yannarie St, Cane St and
Fortescue Place completed. Work progressing well in
Harding St. Ashburton Way will be the next street to
commence.
4. Landscaping between Pool front and Supermarket
car park complete.
90th house completed
123 houses
completed
3. New toddler pool completed.
2. Patio Project underway, 109 completed. Final 20 pati-
os will be installed during refurbishment of houses.
5. Landscaping behind community hall and squash
courts completed.
6. New footpaths near completion. Footpaths will form a
walking track around town. Work completed around
squash courts and community hall.
For further information please contact Margaret Thomas
on 9159 3270 or 0457 530 561.
Nadia Mittica
is Pannawonica’s new
Lord Mayor
The Pannawonica Lord Mayor Campaign was
a great success. A total of $14,010 was raised
by both Urs Fricker and myself.
The campaign was a lot of fun for me and of
course the real beneficiaries from the cam-
paign were the Royal Flying Doctors and
Pannawonica community groups.
Another spin-off from the campaign I think,
has been the team-work amongst the VDM
crew and our subcontractors on site – it has
generated a small sense of pride that VDM
have representation and made a stamp on
this town not only from a project perspective,
but that of a sense of belonging to a commu-
nity. The silly and fun things done at pre-starts
(like me dressing as a French Maid for dona-
tions) have at least given the crew a few
laughs.
In my capacity as Lord Mayor I plan on
attending any community functions I am
invited to, and will endeavour to continue
spreading good will amongst the community
as a responsible citizen of Pannawonica.
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lifestyle update
Be Active Challenge– Winners
Congratulations to all those who completed the Be Active stepping
challenge over the past 10weeks. We are proud to announce the
Pannawonica “Incredibles” took first place out of all Robe Valley
Teams. The Incredible’s team consisted of Joanne Toki, Matt Toki,
Natalie McNamara and Hannah Carroll who completed 6,711,751
steps over the 10 week period. Joanne also claimed the highest indi-
vidual step count in Robe Valley clocking up a very impressive
2,975,887 steps. Well done folks great effort!! Each member of the first
placed team will receive a $150 gift voucher courtesy of Rio Tinto.
Well done folks!
Congratulations once again to all participants. We hope you contin-
ue to ‘be active’ now that the challenge is over. Remember:
‘Movement is an opportunity not an inconvenience.’
What’s on in Pannawonica
PANNA TENNIS OPEN
The Panna Open has kicked off with 36 ea-
ger individuals battling it out in the singles
and doubles events. It’s great to see so
many involved, keeping active and utilizing
the facilities at Yannarie Park.
The group stages will finish up September
15
th
when we kick off the Quarter Finals.
Please continue to send all match results
through to pannalc@riotinto.com .
Best of luck to all involved
Gym Challenge Winner
Big congratulations to Michaela Williams who stormed through the
August Gym Participation Challenge. Michaela attended an impres-
sive 19 exercise and sports classes throughout the month earning her
the well deserved title as Gym Class Champion. Michaela was closely
followed by Craig Jenkins and Ryan Napier. Well done folks loving
your efforts.
The September Gym Challenge will be a test of balance as we chal-
lenge you to hold your balance in a kneeling position on the fitball for
as long as you can. The individual that can hold the longest will be
crowned the champion.
Pannawonica Lifestyle Centre
PH: 08 9159 3277
E: pannalc@riotinto.com
Achieve Health– RESISTANCE TRAINING
What is resistance training?
Resistance exercise is a component of exercise that is often ne-
glected. Resistance exercise is moving your whole body, limb or
isolated joint against force. This is the form of exercise where individ-
uals can work at improving strength and physique. Most people
assume this involves using weights at gym. This is true, however
there are many other ways to gain the benefits of resistance exer-
cise without going to the gym or buying yourself dumbbells.
Why is resistance exercise important?
Muscular strength, along with other parameters is something that
declines with age, thus resistance exercise is important for all ag-
es. Having good strength will assist with decreasing general aches
and pains, and decrease your risk of injuries, both overuse and trau-
matic sporting injuries. It will also help to reduce falls and maintain
bone strength as we age.
What sort of resistance exercises should I do?
There are numerous types of exercises you can do to improve
strength. These include power lifting, free weights, pump classes,
fitball ball exercises or using your own body weight as resistance
around the home or outdoors - something to suit everyone. If you
are a beginner it is often a good idea to have a session with your
Health and Wellness Consultants at the Lifestyle Centre to teach
you exercises, or attend some classes where you can be supervised
for correct technique. For intermediate and advanced athletes it is
important that you are completing resistance exercises for all areas
of your body - as if you focus on one specific area (eg. the chest
and quads) you can develop quite dramatic imbalances in your
body that puts you at increased risk for injuries.
What If I don’t like training at the gym?
Many people prefer to exercise at home or outdoors. If you are in
this group then consider the following:
Buying a swiss ball and DVD
Buying some home gym equipment such as hand weights or
theraband
Exercise at the Oval where you have space to move and can utilize
benches for exercises such as tricep dips & step ups
Words from your Prime HWC
Hey Folks,
The wonderful Blathnaid is back from her adventures in Ireland
and is returning to the gym with stories Go Leor and a stash of
Barry’s tea so pop in to say hello . While you’re there why not get
your blood pressure check or get cracking on a new fitness
program? Make the most of the outdoors this month by getting
out for a stroll, having a hit of tennis or shooting some hoops at
basketball. This is the last month of boot camp this year so if you
haven’t had the chance to make a class now’s the time.
Have a great month folks & keep active.
‘Movement is an opportunity not an inconvenience.’
Happy Training
Slainte
Eilish & Bee
PANNA OPEN
FUN STUFF
The Wallabies rugby practice was delayed nearly two hours today
after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery
substance on the practice field.
Head coach Eddie Jones immediately suspended practice while
police and federal investigators were called to investigate. After a
complete analysis, investigating forensic experts determined that the
white substance unknown to players was the try line. Practice was
resumed after special agents decided the team was unlikely to
encounter the substance again.
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travels
By Rachael Jordan
argaret River is one of my favorite
WA destinations. Located 3 hours
south of Perth you can relax surrounded by
nature, the beach, countryside and enjoy the
many wineries and attractions. A climate with
distinct seasons you can enjoy a mild summer
or a cold winter by the fireplace. From wine
and food, to the farm stays and art galleries
there is no other place that offers such a variety
of ways to enjoy your time.
There are 200 wineries in the region and either
taking a tour or driving around with a designat-
ed driver to sample the goods is a fantastic day
out. Margaret River really is known to produce
and export some of the best Australian reds
and whites. Swings and Roundabouts Winery
has a great Rose with pizzas on the menu and
one of the best countryside views. Cape Men-
telle has an excellent Zinfandell (dry red wine)
and shows outside movies during the summer in
the parklands. Wine not your thing? I highly
recommend a stop at the Grove which makes
liquors, very friendly with the tastings and con-
versation, you must try the White Chocolate
Liquor it’s gorgeous even on ice-cream!
You really do need to be a little indulgent dur-
ing a stay in Margaret River, we always start our
day with a breakfast at the Blue Ginger Café, a
favorite of the locals. We break
up our day of winery touring
with a stop at the Margaret
River Chocolate Factory and
the Margaret River Dairy
Company. Gourmet foods
can be found everywhere
though Provodore offers the
best in the region in one
shop. I would also recom-
mend a stop at The Berry
Farm which has wonderful
preserves and the grounds
are perfect for a family
picnic.
Knee Deep winery has in my
opinion the best food for
lunch, their shiraz beef cheek
lasagna was scrumptious though
the Saracen Winery & Duckstein Brewery has
great German food; like veal schnitzel with
pickled red cabbage and the beer especially
the pilsner was great. It overlooks a lake and is
very family friendly; they have a big Oktoberfest
planned for this year which would be a fun day
out.
I usually stop at every art gallery there is on our
travels, though you can get a good mix of ce-
ramics, glass blowing and fine prints in the north
end of Main Street at Margaret River Gallery. I
also enjoy the Olio Bello Organic Olive Oils, their
handmade soaps and creams are beautiful.
Surrounded by national park Margaret River
also has well maintained camping grounds and
caravan parks not to mention some of the most
beautiful beaches. Gnarabup beach is perfect
for the kids to swim and snorkel, though I prefer
Redgate Beach; it’s a little out of town and not
so busy. If you feel like something different I
recommend a tour of the magnificent Jewel
Cave which is Western Australia’s largest show
cave. It also has the longest straw stalactites
found in any tourist cave.
Margaret River has everything you need to
unwind and relax in a perfect country setting,
On your way into town always stop at the Infor-
mation Centre to grab you maps and attrac-
tion listings. If you stay long enough you can
see there is a strong sense of community, this
beautiful south west town has a real soul and I
can’t wait to our next visit.
“For my part, I travel
not to go anywhere, but to
go. I travel for travel’s
sake. The great affair is
to move.” Robert Louis
Stevenson
Check out these websites:
www.margaretriver.com
www.chocolatefactory.com.au
www.kneedeepwines.com.au
www.thegrovevineyard.com.au
www.capementelle.com.au
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Sandy Bay
Turquoise Bay
community
Pannawonica –
The New Face
What was once dull and depressing
Is light bright and refreshing
New, clean modern interiors
Landscaped private shaded
exteriors
From red to green
Pilbara dirt to grassed oasis
From overgrown unloved and
unused
To life laughter and fun for all
ages
New pools parks and playgrounds
Footpaths winding around us
We have come a long way
Still a long way to go
From Panna old to Panna new
From Panna past to Panna’s future
The new face of Pannawonica
- Anonymous
hat a way to celebrate my 40th birthday but
in no other place than Coral Bay. A big thanks to
those who come along, travelling from Panna,
Broome, Perth and Narembeen to join me in the
celebrations. It was dinner at The Reef Cafe and
with a few drinks before, during and after for most.
We were lucky enough to have Brianna looked
after and I was able to get out on the ocean for a
little bit of a fish which went really well. We were
3km's off of Coral Bay and dragging the lure when I
got a hit. After playing the fish for around 20
minutes and finally getting it to the boat we were
excited to see it was a Yellow Fin Tuna that tipped
the scales at 9.5kgs gutted. The discussion whilst
reeling it in was me saying it was a Tuna and Rob
claiming it was probably a Cobia. When it was on
the boat I suddenly felt sea sick and to ensure I
could claim it as the catch of the day we returned
to the boat ramp. Turns out that after several more
days of fishing by the others they only caught a
couple of Spanish Mackerel and some Snapper, I
ended up claiming the title of the best fish of the
Coral Bay trip. I give some of the credit to Rob for
the use of his lucky lure which later in the week
became shark bait.
- Narelle Maringoni
The one that didn’t
get away
The Rio Tinto Open Day, Saturday 8
th
October 2011
The event will be an 18 hole “Stroke/Stableford” format, Mens and Ladies.
Excellent prizes provided by our Principle, Major and Minor Sponsors.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Hitachi, Shire Of Ashburton, Integrated Workforce, Worksence Clothing
The cost for the day is $60 players, $30 Caddies which include Soft drink/Water, Beer and Cider
free on course, cooked breakfast, lunch, competition prizes and a catered Dinner at the Sports Club after the game. Non playing
guests are more than welcome to attend for breakfast, lunch and Dinner at a cost of $
All players of all standards are very welcome.
Players without an AGU Handicap will not be eligible for major prizes but will be eligible for Other prizes.
So come along and support your local Sporting Club and see if you can master the *Spinifex Fairy*
For further information and nomination Please contact:
Alex Reid President 0419 967 682 Mark Davidson Captain 0417 940 801 Arthur Hall Secretary/Treasurer 0419 969 709
Proudly Presents
Breakfast and registration
at the Sports Club at
07:00 am for an
08:30am Tee Off.
P
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e
m
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happenings
happy birthday
Nanna Dale
Love Cameron
and Matthew
xox
Jesse Inall turned 4 on 17 August
2011
Happy Birthday little Cowboy
Love Mummy, Daddy, Aunty Da,
Uncle Tone, Bubby & Tatey boy
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Happy 6th birthday for the 13th
September from Dad, Mum and Riley.
Happy 5th birthday Cameron
We love you so much
Love Mum Dad and Matthew xox
Cameron is five!
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happenings
annawonica kids were treated with a great surprise when at-
tending an athletics workshop on Sunday 28
th
August, not only
did they get coached by Lindsay Bunn, a Level 1 athletics
coach they also were able to test their talent against 2 of
WA’s elite athletes Mangar Chuot and Richard Akera. Mangar is one
of the fastest men in Australia over the 100m and 200m sprint and is
hoping to represent Australia at the London Olympic games, Richard is
also one of Lindsay’s talented protégés and currently number 1 in Aus-
tralia for the 400m.
Lindsay Bunn, or Coach as he prefers to be called, is travelling to re-
gional areas to run athletic clinics and also spread the word of his new
Junior athletics program. Working with Clubs and schools Mr Bunn
hopes to impart some of his tips, techniques and enthusiasm for the
sport to people in regional communities in an effort to make athletics
available to all children.
“Thumbs up”, “fast arms” and “high knees” helped some of
Pannawonica’s budding athletes improve their sprinting skills and the
lure of racing Mangar and Richard proved a winner with all the kids
having a go! Next on the agenda was a game called “Jump the Riv-
er”, in which the children learnt some new techniques to improve their
long jump skills and Mangar showed off his skills by jumping over the
entire pit! It was a fantastic afternoon for all who attended and I know
there will be some excited children watching the Olympics games
next year to cheer on their newfound friends.
Thank you to Coach, Richard and Mangar to take time out of your
busy schedule to pay us a visit and we look forward to seeing you
again sometime in the near future, and thanks to Liz Phillips for
organising the visit.
1. When making a statutory
declaration you must make
an oral declaration in the presence of the witness that
the contents of the document is true and correct.
2. There are over 40 occupational groups able to sign
statutory declarations and other documents and you
can find them at www.dotag.wa.gov.au.
3. JP’s are not automatically marriage celebrants.
4. Always take I.D. with you when visiting a JP in case it
is required.
tips
Mr John Edward Inall PANNAWONICA. Residential Phone:
(08) 9184 1304 Mobile Phone: 0400 248 745 Business
Phone: (08) 9159 3100
Mr Dallas John Slape PANNAWONICA . Residential Phone:
(08) 9184 1394 Mobile Phone: 0438 375 680
As well as presiding in the Magistrates Court, justices of the
peace are regularly called upon by the WA Police to sign
search warrants and authorise other judicial processes. The
administrative tasks include witnessing affidavits and docu-
ments such as wills and statutory declarations.
ecently the Pannawonica
Primary School P&C Commit-
tee were pleasantly surprised
to receive a very generous
donation of $1000 cash. A
welcome donation from our
now, Lord Mayor; Nadia
Mittica.
In the letter accompanying
the funds Nadia writes:
“VDM Construction encourages
employees to integrate and grow a
pleasant environment amongst the
community and as contractors in-
volved in enhancing the town
through commercial and residential
refurbishments we advocate health &
safety amongst our work crew and
aim to improve the remote living con-
ditions in general for the wider com-
munity. In an emergency however,
it’s comforting to know that the Royal
Flying Doctors can provide health
services for those who live, and work
remotely and this is why I chose the
RFDS as my major beneficiary/
charity. Throughout my Lord Mayor
Election campaign however, I always
had intention to contribute something
to the community and am delighted
to present a $1000 donation to assist
and benefit the children/students at
Pannawoni-
ca Pri-
mary
School.
I look for-
ward to hear-
ing about how the money is used and
can honestly say that I have enjoyed
the journey of the Lord Mayor Cam-
paign immensely. I am delighted to
give something special back not only
to the Royal Flying Doctor Service
however also to the Pannawonica
community”
The Pannawonica Primary
School P&C wish to publicly
acknowledge and sincerely
thank Nadia for her kindness
towards the school.
donation
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happenings
Narelle Maringoni & Robert Edward are
proud parents to Brianna Sophie Edward
born 24th May 2011 and weighing
3370gms
Kate Blake, Captured on the Airstrip road
Happy birthday beautiful girl
Love Your family & friends xx
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happenings
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arlier this year saw the
reintroduction of
the Pannawonica Lord
Mayor Campaign after a
hiatus of several years.
The election of the Lord
Mayor is a local fundrais-
ing initiative which was
originally run by the
Pannawonica Lions Club
in the early days of our
town. Votes are collected
in the form of money, with
each dollar raised equat-
ing to one vote.
We were fortunate
enough to attract two candidates from
vastly different backgrounds who took
a truly unique approach to their meth-
ods of fundraising.
Nadia Mittica from VDM Construction
hosted many creative functions includ-
ing a fancy dress party at the
Pannawonica Sporting Club, assorted
gatherings with her work mates, along
with many raffles and silent auctions.
Urs Fricker who runs Restaurant Spinifex
ran against Nadia during the
campaign. Urs organised many of his
events around his passion for food, as
he is a qualified chef by trade. He host-
ed a Mexican night, an Ugg Boot and
Flanno’ evening to celebrate the be-
ginning of winter and two very success-
ful cake stalls.
The canvassing for funds showed no
boundaries with amazing support from
Pannawonica locals, corporate groups
and for the first time in the history of the
Lord Mayor Campaign a fundraising
group from overseas.
Advertising from both campaign teams
showcased some highly inventive post-
ers and some extremely amusing sledg-
ing which was distributed via
email by PERIS, along with Face-
book pages.
The winning candidate was an-
nounced at the annual Gala Ball
which saw a triumphant Nadia
declared the Lord Mayor of
Pannawonica for 2011.
Congratulations to both Nadia
and Urs on their amazing fundrais-
ing efforts. Together they raised
over $15,000 that has been do-
nated to the R.F.D.S., charities
and local community groups.
For anyone who may be interested in
putting a team together to aspire to be
a piece of Pannawonica history and
become Lord Mayor for 2012, please
lodge your application in writing to the;
PANNAWONICA SPORTING CLUB
COMMITTEE
P.O. BOX 69
PANNAWONICA
6716.
2011 Pannawonica Campaign
Urs & Nadia
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panna dads
Happy (belated) Father’s Day
Dad thanks for being my friend
and always playing with me
and letting me help you fix things.
Dad you are the bestest Dad and
you could not be better at being my
Dad.
Dad I am happy you’re my Dad.
Happy Fathers Day
From your son Russel l xx
To
I hope you have
a very good
Father’s Day. I
love you so much
lots of huggles
and kisses
Love
Dear Dad
Happy Fathers
day, we love
you lots and
lots.
Thanks for being
an awesome
Dad.
Love Alanah
& Oscar
To our dear “Handsome Dad” Joel,
We love you to the moon and back and bigger than all
the stars in the sky.
Thankyou for filling our home with laughter and un-
conditional love and support.
Happy Fathers Day Dad, love from Chloe and Bella
xxoo”
Caring and Gentle
Ready with big hugs
Always playing with me
I love your cuddles
Greatest daddy in the world
I Love you Daddy!
Cooper xx
Dad,
You are amazing!!
Love ya Loads
Love LuLu xxx
We Are Happy You're Our Dad.
We feel safe when you are with
us
You show us fun things to do
You make our life much better
the best father ever is you
We're happy you're our Dad
And so we want to say...
We love you Dad, and wish you
A happy Father's Day.
Love
Taya and Connor
xxx
Best Part Of Our Day
We start our day with breakfast, cereals and some-
times a piece of toast,
Although you don't like Vegemite we relish it the most.
Next are showers, teeth and lip gloss, and into our 1st
set of clothes,
Whilst mum is getting ready we're trying to work out
how your computer goes.
We chill out watching Playschool whilst mum packs
up the dishes,
We hear her singing in the kitchen then she pops in
and out stealing kisses.
Whether its shops, Kindergym, Mums time, we are
always on the go,
But the best part of our day is when you our daddy
come home.
Happy Father's Day Dad
Love Mischie Moo and Tatey Boy
P.S Oh did we mention "Go The Eagles".............
Daddy,
YoU mE vs ThE GiRlS!!
Love YoU LoTs & LoTs
‘little man’
Alfie
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See
you
in
December
great night of Aussie Rules Football was
held at Pannawonica footy oval,
Monday August 8th.
The teams were made up of Miners from Mesa A
and Mesa J mine sites. They might have looked a
bit of a rabble, but there was no shortage of skill
and courage.
There was also a great turnout of spectators to
watch the game , and they weren't disappointed
with the display.
The first quarter saw Mesa J kick 3 goals to nil,
which was eventually the winning margin, but the
rest of the match was very even across the
ground.
The ruck duel between Deon Harris (Mesa A ) and
J. Mowday( Mesa J) never let up all night, and
very entertaining to watch.
Luke Metcalf and Andrew Schmidt kicked 2 goals
apeice for Mesa A, and Courtney Ackland 3
goals, and Jerome(Big J) 4 goals for Mesa J.
Del Roe (Mesa A) showed us his special Kimberley
football boots (bare feet) and had a good game
at full back.
Rowan Harris ,with a rugby background brought
his rugby tackling to the game, as well as Marvin
who ran and bounced his way from half back into
the forward line on a few occasions.
Jerome took a spectacular mark in the first quar-
ter, and was tireless all night, that and his 4 goals
earned him best on ground.
A big thanks must go out to the organises of the
night, as well as all the support staff, umpires, goal
umpires, and boundary riders.
A big thank you to the kids who ran the water
out ,and kept the players hydrated.
With the amount of support and enthusiasm, this
should become a regular event,
-B D
Game results
MESA A
0.1 2.2 6.2 10.2 (62)
MESA J
3.2 5.6 9.6 12.8 (80)
Big ‘J’, Best Player
Frosty, warming up the bench
Winning team, MESA J MESA A

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