Smith Family report puts human face on poverty-stricken youths

YOUNG people were forced at times to survive on an empty stomach, go without recreational activities and had to make do with very little, according to recent research.
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The Making a Difference report by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Social Policy Research Centre and the Smith Family was the first study in Australia to hear children's accounts of what it is like growing up poor.

Most young people facing economic adversity led complex lives and simply lacked money, the report said.

Living arrangements could protect young people from the effects of economic adversity, the report said, but it could also exacerbate their poverty and exclusion.

Fourteen-year-old Huong lived with his father who worked two jobs and long hours so he could support their household, but also his partner and other children living in South-East Asia.

Money flowed in and out of their household but Huong had no money or time for recreational pursuits.

Linox, a large, softly-spoken 17-year-old from a Pacific family of nine, was "finding it hard" to live a normal life, the report said.

He was not in education, training or employment or receiving any government benefit.

"His well-worn shoes and clothes were visible clues to hardship and interviewers quickly realised he rarely had bus fares to access employment or other services," the report said.

However, Linox said his family supported him to deal with the lack of employment and peer-related violence.

"We all get together and talk, like when stuff is wrong with the family, and have family talk and sort everything out," he said.

The majority of young people worked in fast food outlets and earned between $50 to $100 a week.

Young boys who wanted mining work believed they could secure permanent employment if they reached that dream, but did not know how to get the job or what skills were needed.

Unexpected expenses could make the difference between bare survival and dependency on others, as one teenager detailed.

"I remember one stage when the stock market went down or something like that, we were really struggling. I remember, sometimes my stepmum used to cry because of money," the report said.

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Random drug testing and 24-hour operation a boon for police

FOR two days this week Dubbo was part of an operation run by the NSW Police Force Random Drug Testing Unit.
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On Wednesday, highway patrol officers were seen on Cobra Street next to Elston Park testing drivers for drugs in an enclosed area.

On Thursday, the operation had moved to Cobbora Road not far from the railway line.

Meanwhile, more than 600 novice drivers have been caught breaking the law during Operation Compliance 3.

Police caught more than 1500 motorists breaking the road rules in a 24-hour crackdown on traffic offences.

The operation was a day-long, state-wide traffic enforcement operation aimed at improving road safety.

Police targeted motorists using mobile phones and law-breaking provisional and learner drivers.

Nine hundred and two motorists were issued infringement notices for using hand-held mobile phones.

While 580 'P1' and 'P2' licence holders were issued traffic infringement notices, 64 learner drivers also received fines.

Superintendent Stuart Smith from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command expressed concern at the large number of novice drivers caught in the crackdown.

"The fact 644 provisional and learner drivers have been caught breaking the law in just 24 hours is particularly disappointing," Superintendent Smith said.

"P-platers are over-represented in fatal collisions with 93 provisional drivers losing their lives on NSW roads in 2011.

"Not surprisingly, P-platers are also over-represented in traffic infringements. Hopefully, the provisional drivers we caught breaking the law yesterday learn their lesson and start to obey the road rules," Superintendent Smith said.

For two days this week Dubbo was part of an operation run by the NSW Police Force Random Drug Testing Unit.

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Share price rockets after drilling announcements

SHARE prices for Peel Mining Limited rocketed in value by 179 per cent on Thursday on the strength of an announcement of “substantial, massive sulphides” in its drilling program on its Mallee Bull site, 100 kilometres south of Cobar.
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Diamond drilling at a drillhole titled MBDD002 contained “massive sulphides comprising pyrite-pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite”, according to a Peel Mining media statement.

The statement said Mallee Bull was subject to an $8.3 million farm-in agreement with CBH Resources Ltd, where CBH has the right to earn an interest of up to 50 per cent in the project over a three-year period.

Peel Mining’s managing director Rob Tyson

said the mineralisation intercepted in MBDD002 showed a significant increase in width compared to previous drilling.

“With MBDD002 being one of the deepest drillholes to date, is an exciting development for Mallee Bull.

“We look forward to receiving assays in due course,” he said.

He said MBDD002 drilling was designed to test the down-dip/ plunge continuity of mineralisation at Mallee Bull, and encouragingly has intersected the broadest width of mineralisation encountered to date.

The true width of mineralisation is estimated to be about 25-metre for the massive sulphides zone and about 18-metre for the stringer/matrix sulphide zone.

MBDD002 is part of a 10-hole, 4000-metre diamond drilling program at Mallee Bull targeting down-dip/plunge mineralisation.

Mr Tyson said the results remained unquantifiable, however geological logging coupled with data from a Niton handheld XRF analyser confirms the presence of significant copper-lead-zinc-silver mineralisation.

Share price spike: Peel Mining Limited’s share price lifted by 179 per cent after Thursday’s announcement of a copper find 100 kilometres south of Cobar.

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Plants for sale at Dumbleyung garden club meeting

THE next Dumbleyung Garden Club meeting will be held on June 28 at the home of Jeanette and Keith Draper at 32 Tavistock Street in Wagin at 2.30pm.
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There will be a number of potted plants for sale on the day, including orchids, tulips, strawberries and many others.

The schedule for the day will be floral art – still life; flowers – geranium, one head own leaf; tree or shrub – grey or silver foliage, one cut; my best flower – NPM this month; fruit or vegetable – fruit; pot plant or hanger – my best.

All members are welcome to attend.

The Dumbleyung Garden Club is turning 40 and a party is being planned for October 10 at the Dumbleyung District Club.

More details will follow, so please ensure the date is kept free.

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Eye-catching Dumbleyung banner

Dumbleyung Shire's entry in this year's Banners in the Terrace competition.WORK has begun on the Dumbleyung Shire's entry in this year's local government Banners in the Terrace competition.
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The banner was designed by Townscape Chairperson Helen Gooding and local artist Pat Holmes.

Mrs Holmes is painting the banner.

It was put together in time for the Dumbleyung Shire Council to approve it and for it to be submitted to the City of Perth to also give it the stamp of approval for the annual competition.

Banners in the Terrace runs in conjunction with Local Government Week, which is held at the beginning of August and features entries from councils all over WA with the banners displayed along St George's Terrace in Perth.

Mrs Gooding said the committee was grateful to Mrs Holmes for taking the time to help in the project.

Mrs Holmes will be working out of the former gallery/shop in the main street, located next to the Landcare Office, while painting the banner.

She said people were more than welcome to call in and watch her at work.

"If you see the door open, pop in," she said.

"We are thrilled she is going to be working on it."

Mrs Gooding said the design of the banner came from looking at the Dumbleyung Lake from the air and the patterns which came out of the contours and farming land around it.

"It is the biggest inland lake in WA and I don't think it is promoted enough," she said.

Mrs Gooding said once the banner had been to local government week it would be brought back to Dumbleyung and displayed in the town.

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Grooming with groove and grace

Hannah George, Lucilee Iles, Dana Stephens, Saige Edwards, Maryanne Toms, Michelle Toms, Wagin Community Resource Centre assistant co-ordinator Londa Finlayson, Kalym Iles, Hena Smith, Ayla Smith and Emily Stephens. Kaylm Iles and Ayla Smith work on their vision boards.
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EVERY Wednesday afternoon from 4.30-5.30pm a group of girls meet at the Wagin Community Resource Centre (CRC) to work on some valuable life skills.

The Grooming with Groove and Grace Course was the idea of CRC assistant co-ordinator Londa Finlayson to empower teenage girls, to believe in themselves and focus on something worthwhile.

“I felt that there was not enough focus in our schools on building good self-esteem and thinking about their futures, so I started this course as an extra-curricular activity,” Mrs Finlayson said.

The course runs for 20 weeks and is currently about a quarter of the way through.

Last Wednesday the girls were working on their vision boards, which involved cutting out and pasting positive images of the sorts of things they hope to achieve in their lives.

Wagin is fortunate to have a few people qualified in the areas of nutrition, fitness and beauty therapy.

The girls are all looking forward to listening to their guest speakers in the coming weeks and learning as much as possible from them, in order to continue putting into practice the positive messages they are taking home from this valuable course.

For more information on the Grooming with Groove and Grace Course call Londa Finlayson on 9861 1644.

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Residents learn how to save a child’s life

Martina Pascoe, Emily Holt and Teagan Scanlon learnt valuable skills from trainer Susan Johnson.WAGIN Community Resource Centre hosted a children's first aid course on June 8.
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It was a nutshell course that was completed over five hours to give parents, carers and community members a chance to focus on conditions such as asthma attacks, anaphylaxis and diabetes which directly relate to children and how to treat them in an emergency situation.

There will be several more courses presented from Susan Johnson of Allens Training Australia, who is an experienced trainer, with a wealth of volunteer positions and work reference as a part of her knowledge.

Ms Johnson has been a volunteer St John Ambulance officer for several years, hence her current position to train all aspects of first aid.

The next first aid course will be held on July 12 from 9.30am-3pm and the cost will be $150 per person.

All bookings and payment can be made prior to the course at the Wagin Community Resource Centre.

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Tree planting season in Wagin

IT’S that time of the year again - tree planting season.
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Those who ordered native trees through the Wagin Woodanilling Landcare office will need to pick up their seedlings on June 28 at the shire depot.

Orders can be collected after 10am.

Successful tree planting is mainly due to good site preparation, which entails two main actions, ripping and spraying.

It is essential to break through compacted soils for a good start in life and thorough weed control to cancel out any competition for the seedlings.

This year more than 46,000 native seedlings have been ordered through the Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone (WWLZ) as well as about 85,000 Eyres green saltbush.

A range of tree planting gear is available for hire through the WWLZ.

The Wagin LCDC has a trailed Kylera machine which performs ripping, mounding, scalping and planting.

Also available is the Chatfield tree planter which is located at the Woodanilling Shire.

For those smaller areas that are hard to access there are also numerous handheld tree planters (pottiputkis) available for loan at the Landcare office.

Contact Danielle or Bev on 9861 2222 for more information or to hire equipment.

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Friday night fun for Wagin dancers

Alec Lynch and Ann Saunders showing all the right moves.WITH the cold winter nights, what better way to warm up than at the Wesley Hall every Friday at 7.30pm for a fun night out with the added benefit of some great exercise in the form of dancing?
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Beginner dancers are most welcome to come along and learn some dance steps from the more experienced dancers.

The first hour is dedicated to helping all those beginner dancers looking to learn any number of dance steps, either old-time or more modern dancing.

Anyone who would like to learn the Pride of Erin, the maxina or the waltz can come along Friday nights between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Entry is free and tea and coffee are provided.

Each Saturday night of the month a social dance is held in neighbouring towns and is open for anyone to attend looking for a great social night out.

For more details contact Wagin Dance Club president Ann on 9881 2545.

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Around West Arthur 20-6

News from in and around West Arthur from June 13-20.
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Wet Buy, Sell, Swap

AN INTREPID crew of about four stall holders and 20 people and the Tidy Towns Cocky braved the weather for the monthly Buy, Sell, Swap morning at The Shed on June 10.

As usual there were plants, vegies, eggs, cakes, lemon butter and lovely jewellery and bric-a-brac on offer along with a sumptuous morning tea.

The donations for the morning tea amounted to about $47 which will be given to St John Ambulance.

The next Buy, Sell, Swap is on July 8 at 10am so come along with your stuff to sell or swap or just come along to have a look and a chat and maybe buy something.

It is usually a lovely outing with morning tea on offer for a gold coin donation.

School news

DUE TO the storms last week the Kojonup Speech and Drama Festival that the Darkan students were supposed to participate in was postponed until today.

The following day they will be donning their running shoes for the interschool cross-country event, this year being held for the first time at Wandering on June 22.

Congratulations to Darkan students Eli and Lucila Kelly and Aiden and Olivia Lloyd who recently received a certificate acknowledging their commitment to reading over the summer school holidays.

They all participated in the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge in support of Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA.

The challenge reinforces the efforts of teachers to develop students’ reading and literacy skills which are so important in life.

Power outage claims

A LARGE number of people in the Shire of West Arthur were without power recently due to the storm activity.

For any power outage of longer than 12 hours people have 60 days to lodge a claim form to get $80 compensation for the lack of a reliable power supply.

People are welcome to come along to the West Arthur Community Resource Centre to make your claim online on the Government Information Access Point computer – bring along a copy of your electricity account with you to obtain your meter number and other relevant details required for the claim.

The use of this computer and any assistance required is a free service and the Western Power website has been added to the favourites list so it is easy to find.

The trainees are available to help you or guide you to make your online claim.

Alternatively, to get a claim form to fill in by hand and send by mail you can call 13 10 87 or you can print one off the Western Power website.

Kindle at the library

THE Darkan Library now has a Kindle to borrow.

You borrow it just like a book and if it is out you can reserve it.

When you borrow it you will get the rundown on some operating instructions and rules and there are some great new bestsellers loaded onto it, including the brand new Nora Roberts and John Grisham novels.

There is also a small budget set aside to purchase reader requests, so email or phone the West Arthur Community Resource Centre to ask about loading your specific request onto it.

The Kindle is great but so are the wonderful books in the library so if you haven’t dropped in for a while come in and check them out.

Cooking courses

THOSE who are interested in a sourdough bread and/or a raw chocolate cooking course can register interest with the West Arthur Community Resource Centre by contacting 9736 2000 or [email protected]南京夜网.au.

Community health nurse

THE community nurse is available twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays at the West Arthur Community Resource Centre from 12-2pm.

No appointments are necessary and people will be seen in the order they arrive.

Blood sampling service

PEOPLE can have blood samples taken in Darkan once a week on a Friday morning from 8-9am at the West Arthur Community Resource Centre.

Julianne Foy will then take samples to Narrogin for the next step in the process.

People are asked to bring their pathology request form and Medicare card and people will be seen in the order they arrive.

Shire council meeting

THE next ordinary council meeting will be held on June 28 at 5pm.

Public question time commences at the start of each meeting.

Immunisation clinic

THE next immunisation clinic in Darkan will be June 28 from 9.30-10.30am.

No appointments are necessary.

Bras for Bali

LEHUA Chiswell at the Darkan Post Office is asking women around the place to donate their old bras for Balinese women who are in need.

This is a Mitch Gillam project and the organisers hope to collect 10,000 pairs of bras this year to take to Bali and uplift and support women less fortunate.

So have a search in your cupboard for those pairs you don’t wear, are uncomfortable, horrible colour and drop them into the Post Office next time you are in Darkan.

Vintage dirt bike action

THE dirt will fly as the Vintage Motocross Club of WA (VMXWA) take to the Darkan Motocross Track on Sunday.

More than 40 members of the club will take part in races in various grade and capacity races with a four stroke feature race.

All of the motorcycles taking to the track will be pre 1975 models – including Montessa, Suzuki, CZ, Honda and Elsinores to name a few.

The riders range in age from 16-83 years old.

VMXWA is not only about vintage motorcycles but also the welfare of its members through awareness campaigns for prostate cancer and cancer – supporting these causes after some members of the club were diagnosed with these illness.

Racing on the day will take place from about 9am-3pm and the event is free for spectators and the club welcomes locals and visitors to go along and enjoy the action.

For more information call president Peter Lawson on 9377 6531, go to [email protected]南京夜网 or you can check out their website at www.vmxwa南京夜网.

Table tennis tournament

THERE will be a show down of table tennis talent on Sunday at The Shed.

From 11am-1pm will be the junior championship for youngsters 8-12 and 13-16 years.

Following will be the open competition for 17 years and above and seniors 65 years and above.

There will be a small fee of $2 for junior and $4 for open participants to buy new bats.

Juniors will be best of three sets and a final three sets to 11 and open will be best of three sets to 15 and final five sets to 15.

Nominations need to be in to Wayne Stockley at Rarebits on Burrowes by tomorrow.

Church news

THE Uniting Church meets on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9am and the next service is on July 1.

KYB is held on Tuesday at 9.30am at Duranillin School.

The Catholic Church meets on the first and third Sunday of the month at 8am and the next service is on July 1.

The Anglican Church meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 8am at Darkan and the third Sunday of the month at 8am at Arthur River.

The next service in Arthur River will be on July 15 at 8am.

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