Wonga-Balli Boomer Edition 1103

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No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. - William Blake

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Knit and Natter Friday 17th of May 10am-12pm Wongan Hills CRC Library


Welcome back to the Wonga-Balli Boomer

This week at the CRC, we have Knit & Natter and Driving Assessments held on Friday.


The Wongan Hills Community Resource Centre provides a wide array of information and community-based services to local people, businesses and visitors. We provide training and education programs, access to business facilities, information on community events and government services. At the CRC you can:

Access public computers and the internet Photocopy, print and email documents Access information on government services Access Centrelink and Medicare Get help with all your licencing needs Book TransWA bus and train tickets Borrow books, audio books and DVDs

For membership: Please visit the Wongan Hills CRC 'The Station' 1 Wongan Road, Wongan Hills crc@wongan.wa.gov.au 08 9671 2550

OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm 9671 2550 crc@wongan.wa.gov.au The Boomer wbboomer@wongan.wa.gov.au Upcoming dates - PDA Day - 17th May Knit & Natter - 17th May

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Plant Operator


As part of the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu's Community Strategic Plan and long-term planning for our community, it was identified in 2021 through community consultation, the need to redevelop the community park. The need to update and renovate the park has been acknowledged by Council and we are currently working together with the community and the consultant towards a plan of redevelopment. We have engaged the services of Emerge Associates to assist in the design and consultation of the redevelopment of the Community Park. We are looking for community input and feedback on what the community want their park to look like. The community's input is imperative to a successful redevelopment and we look forward to working with community to bring the vision to life. Community Consultation Part 1 - A working group and users of the park who are passionate about the redevelopment have met with Shire staff and the consultants to discuss ideas and what the concept design could look like. This process saw priorities highlighted and "must haves" for the redevelopment identified. Community Consultation Part 2 -Please spare a few minutes to complete our survey and provide your input into the Community Park Redevelopment. Your opinion matters!

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu are seeking to employ a permanent Plant Operator to join our Works and Services Department, below is the position available. Backhoe/Excavator Operator x 1 The applicants must hold a minimum of a “C” class motor driver's licence. Preference will be given to those applicants holding a “HR” or “HC” class motor driver's licence. Training will be available for the successful candidates. Conditions of Employment are in accordance with the Local Government Industry Award 2020 and with generous overtime available. Applicants should first refer to the Posi tion Description, available at www.wongan.wa.gov.au Written applications clearly marked “Plant Operator”, full resume with work experience and the names of two (2) work related referees should be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer by the closing date. Applications close: 4.00pm, Friday 17 th May 2024 For additional information regarding this vacancy, applicants are encouraged to contact Stephen Casey, Manager Works and Services on (08) 9671 2500 or by email hr@wongan.wa.gov.au



Stuart Taylor Chief Executive O ffi cer Shire of Wongan-Ballidu PO Box 84 WONGAN HILLS WA 6603

CONSTRUCTION CREW - Cadoux Townsite Drainage, Ballidu Bindi-Bindi Road Bitumen Repairs. Traffic Management in use. BACKHOE CREW - Yerecoin South East Road Culvert Replacement. Traffic Management in use. MAINTENANCE GRADERS - Area 1 - Lloyd Road, Latham Road and Newton Road. Traffic Management in use. Area 2 - Bunketch Kulja Road, Danes Rd and Reid Rd. Traffic Management in use. Sign Repairs/Replacement in various locations. Traffic Management in use. TOWN MAINTENANCE - Footpath, Verge and Drainage Maintenance in various locations. TrafficManagement in use. MAINTENANCE CREW -

Visit the link:


or scan the QR code to complete now.

Hardcopies are available from the Wongan Hills CRC, Shire Administration Office, Wongan Hills Post Office and Wongan Hills Pharmacy.


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Wongan Hills Sub Centre Volunteers 2024 Tasha Abbott, Kerry Betty, Sara Betty, Michael Blasdale, Pamela Boase, Barry Breen, Kelli Breen, Stacey Brown, Amanda Chapman, Nat Cuda, Phillip Dawson, Joanne DiLoreto, Bonnie Falconer, Margaret Gales, Michael Godfrey, Natalie Godfrey, Craig Guthrie, Leonie Higgins, Sheryl Howieson, Carol Lee, Amanda Little, Denis Lord, Georgina Mackintosh, Don Macpherson, Debbie Moss, Tracey Mouritzen, Brooke Pascoe, Brenton Read, Natalie Read, Lorrice Richards, Elizabeth Scheepers, Julie Sewell and Cheryl Whyte





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WONGAN HILLS POLICE STATION 1a Mitchell Street, Wongan Hills WA 6603 Phone: 9633 3120 Wongan.Hills.Police.Station@police.wa.gov.au

It goes without saying that road safety is the responsibility of all road users, all day, every day of the year, not just during Road Safety Week. Another area of road safety frequently overlooked, is cyclists and scooter riders failing to wear a helmet and displaying appropriate lighting at night. Statistically, over 85% of cyclists not wearing a helmet, who are taken to hospital following a crash, suffer a head injury sufficiently serious to be admitted to hospital for at least 24 hours. 85% of cyclists who do wear a helmet, who are taken to hospital following a crash, are discharged within an hour of being checked over.

From the Officer in Charge

Road Safety Week in Western Australia ran from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 May 2024. WA Police across the state were actively targeting: • Speeding – this contributes to over 25% of fatal traffic crashes in WA • Failure to wear a seatbelt – contributes to over 18% of fatal traffic crashes in WA • Inattention / distraction (using mobile phones) – contributes to over 16% of fatal crashes in WA • Intoxication through alcohol and / or drugs – contributes to over 10% of fatal crashes in WA • Fatigue – contributes to over 6% of fatal crashes in WA.


Together, these five items make up the “Fatal Five” and have been identified as the single biggest causes of fatal crashes in Western Australia. Obviously, if you are doing a combination of any of the “Fatal Five” your chances of an early arrival at the morgue, in a body bag, increase dramatically. In the event you survive any of the “Fatal Five” or are simply caught committing a traffic offence, as a bare minimum, don’t be disappointed to receive an infringement to help focus your mind. In the more serious cases, equally, don’t be surprised to receive an invitation to a hot date – with the Magistrate. We will always ask the Magistrate to consider imposing the maximum available penalty for whatever offence you have committed. Please use your driving licence, your vehicles and our roads safely and responsibly.

Stay Safe Russell Evans, Tony Moss and Adam Winter WONGAN HILLS POLICE



Police Assistance: 131 444


Police Assistance : 131 444


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The Elements ART EXHIBITION 2024

Ballidu Contemporary Arts Society invites all community and BCAS members for submissions. Details and Entry Form 2024

The Elements Space Air Water Fire Earth

• Artworks must be in line with the exhibition theme and is open to those who are 18 years and over. • Artworks can be photographs, paintings, sculptures, crafts, needlework, woodwork, metal work, textiles, drawings, printmaking , etc … any medium and category, but in line with exhibition requirements . • Artworks on paper, board or canvas board need to be in a frame and have wall-hanging wire or hanging appendages at back. Artworks on a stretched canvas over a frame do not need to be in a frame but must have wall-hanging wire. • Artworks with the completion of this entry form are to be submitted to the Ballidu Lodge Art Gallery in Fairbank St, Ballidu. Dates and times for delivery are: - ➢ Saturday 25 th May,11am -1:30pm ➢ Saturday 1 st June, 11am -1:30pm ➢ Or anytime during the last week of May, (25 th May to 1 st June) by appointment Phone Pam Toster on 0427088885 or John Gould on 0412519447 ➢ Closing date for entries and deliveries is Saturday 1st June at 1:30pm, unless otherwise arranged. • There is no submission/entry fee. However, BCAS takes 10% of any sales made. • This is a community exhibition where locals have an avenue to showcase their work, and sell if they wish. It is not a competition and therefore there are no prizes. • All due care is taken in the handling of art works, however BCAS is a voluntary organisation, therefore insurance for items is the responsibility of the exhibitor. • Opening night is Friday14 June at 6:30pm for 7pm start, with drinks and nibbles. Please feel warmly invited to attend. • NOTE: At completion of the exhibition , artworks must be collected from the Ballidu Lodge Art Gallery from Saturday 24 August to Saturday 31 August by appointment. Phone Pam or John above. General enquiries for exhibition phone Pam Toster on 0427088885 or Jenny Jacobs on 0414073924.

Art Exhibition 2024 Ballidu Contemporary Arts Society invites all community and BCAS members for submissions of artworks for the June 8 – August 23, 2024 Local Art Exhibition. Your works in any medium can include all the elements, a combination of a few, or just one of the elements. You must be 18 years or older to enter. See next page for details including dates and times for delivery of art works.

Name of Artist:

Contact phone number:

Postal Address:

Title of Artwork


For sale ✓ Yes X No


Exhibition committee use only

e.g., The Wish e.g., Untitled

Acrylic Paint/ Painting Ink/ Printmaking


✓ X


For any enquiries, phone Pam Toster on 0427088885, John Gould on 0412519447, or Jenny Jacobs on 0414073924

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SENIORCITIZENRECREATIONALCENTRE Monday |Wednesday | Friday 9am – 2pm @ Lesser Hall MAY EVENTS


Wednesday 1st- Games Day 9am – 2pm

We would like to thank Charlie, Raewyn and Kathy for of donating a fabulous meal for our lovely over 55’s Our mouthwatering meal consisted of handmade spring rolls and sauce, followed by chicken cacciatore, and then to top it all of we had apple strudel with fresh cream, and pastries filled with french cream.

Friday 3rd - Mobility Classes 10.00am – 10.45am followed by Fluid Art – with Kathie

Monday 6th Bingo


Wednesday 8th - Games Day 9.am- 2pm

Friday 10 th – Mothers Day Lunch with Charlie and Raewyn Mobility Classes

Monday 13th Fluid Art with Kathie

Wednesday 15th – Games Day 9.am- 2pm

The meal was certainly enjoyed by one and all.

Friday 17th- Mobility Classes 10.00am – 10.45am followed by Fluid Art – with Kathie

Monday 20 th Bingo Wednesday 22 nd _ Games Day 9.am- 2pm

Friday 24 th - Mobility Classes 10.00am – 10.45am followed by Fluid Art – with Kathie

Monday 27 th – Fluid Art with Kathie

Wednesday 29th – Games Day 9am- 2pm

Carers WA - 10 am - 11.30 am

Friday 31st Mobility Classes 10.00am – 10.45am followed by Fluid Art – with Kathie

Remember you are welcome to just pop in any time for a cuppa and a chat or some quiet time for yourself or you can bring a friend or two and have a coffee morning or lunch together Any enquiries, please contact Centre Coordinator Phone - 0493 783 156

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Come and join Tidy Towns members on Saturday 18th May. We will be walking the Gathercole Walk Trail, taking in the fantastic views and magnificent rocks of the Reserve. We will be raking and snipping as we go to help maintain the walking trail. Come and join us, either to help clear the trail or just come along and walk with us. It is a reasonably easy 3klm walk and we will have morning tea afterwards. Meet at Gathercole by 8-30 am, don’t forget to wear closed in shoes and be sunsafe, bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Your safety is our concern. See you there.

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Practical Change Alleviate the stress associated with managing your money. Learn how to create a customised budget and financial resilience in these the tricks to achieving challenging times. . . . knowledge for your future

To be eligible for a Country Age Pension Fuel Card, you must be: Receiving a Centrelink Age Pension, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Department of Veterans' Affairs Service Pension, Social Security Age Pension or Income Support Supplement; and Living in an eligible regional location. renamed the Regional Pensioner Travel Card and the value will increase to $675 per year ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THE COUNTRY AGE PENSION FUEL CARD ? From July 2024, the fuel card has been

FREE Regional Budgeting Workshops Coming to a CRC near you in 2024! Light refreshments & resource packs provided DALWALLINU CRC MAY 14 11.00am - 12.30pm MOORA AMITY HEALTH MAY 23 11.00am - 12.30pm 9/11 Dandaragan Street WONGAN HILLS CRC MAY 28 10.30am - 12.00noon

Head to your Local Post Office to sign up

Numbers are limited. Please call Share & Care on (08) 9622 2828 to secure your place.

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The ocean produces 70% of the oxygen we breath Ocean Trivia

80% of the ocean is yet to be explored

A blue whale’s tongue is heavier than an elephant!

Dolphins only sleep with half their brain and one eye closed at a time! There is gold in the water! It is estimated that the world’s oceans and seas contain about twenty million tons of this precious metal. Marine biologists estimate that only two-thirds of marine life have been documented and studied. There are millions more species that remain to be discovered.

Ninety four percent of all life forms on Earth are aquatic.

Saturday 25 th May 9am @ CRC Carpark

Jellyfish have existed longer than dinosaurs and sharks (650 million years!)

The call of the blue whale is the loudest sound made by any animal on the planet.


There have been more people on the moon than in the deepest part of the ocean.

It is estimated there are over 3 million shipwrecks laying underneath the sea.

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New Books! At The Library

Paper nake Chain Craft

You will need:

Coloured paper/card Scissors Glue or a stapler Googly eyes (Optional) Marker

Begin by cutting your paper into strips, leaving a bit of paper left over for the head and tail.

Once you’ve cut your strips, grab one strip and staple or glue its ends together so it forms a ring. Repeat this for the next strip but feed it through the first ring so they interlock and form a chain pattern, repeat these steps and make the snake(s) however long you’d like. Cut one large and one small, rounded triangle out of the left-over paper or strips. Glue the large triangle onto the end of the paper chain for the snake's head. Glue the small triangle onto the other end of the paper chain for the snake's tail. Glue on or draw eyes and any other patterns or facial feature you want!

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dry and apply your moisturiser. Eat !, Eat !, Eat ! Aubergine ….there are so very many ways to use them in cooking. Here is the most simplest way to enjoy….. Chop into nice large chunks, place into a bowl and drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and a few herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme and Garlic. Mix gently with a spatula, then transfer onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 20 minutes at 240 º. Flip the egg plant over and roast for approx. 10 more minutes, or until nice, soft and caramelised. If you want to fry them, their ‘spongey’ texture will soak up oil. To help prevent this, it is advised to first sprinkle the slices with salt and leave in a strainer/colander to drain for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly, press to remove any excess water, then fry and enjoy ! HOUSEHOLD TIP OF THE WEEK ‘Shake it off “ If you do not like peeling garlic cloves, this is a simple way to do it without getting your hands smelling of garlic….and it’s easy. Simply place a few garlic cloves into a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake it vigorously. The peel will easily come off.


This time let’s take a look at ‘Aubergines’….also known as ‘Egg Plant’. This super delicious (usually) purple skinned plant is from the species of Solanaceae (Nightshade family). It is not a vegetable but an edible fruit (actually by botanical definition, a berry). They grow on vines and range in shape, size and colour and come in several varieties. All contain many beneficial anti-oxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals. So let’s now look at some good reasons why you should add them to your diet and beauty care.

Heart health ...the deep dark purple aubergines/egg plant varieties are super rich in anti-oxidants, all helping to protect the heart from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Anti-ageing ….have a rich source of the plant compound called Chlorogenic Acid which helps activate your body’s natural an - ti-ageing system . This compound also helps to balance blood sugar levels, by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream after eating. These amazing fruits also contain ‘Bioactives’ helping ‘boost’ the development of tiny

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ‘Everything has ‘Beauty’, but not everyone sees it. Anonymous

blood vessels. They help protect body and skin with their rich vitamin and mineral content (especially Vit.C, B6, Potassium, Folate and Magnesium). Their plant compounds aid in boosting good gut bacteria…..*aid in promoting good bowel regularity, *water balance, *help to protect your DNA, *help to boost your immunity. The enzymes found in them help to stimulate follicles in the hair, thus enhancing hair growth.

For a sure easy facial mask to help enhancing skin, try one of these ….into a bowl mash a large, peeled slice of aubergine/egg plant. Add to this *2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice 1 1/2 tablepoons of honey. Mix into a thick paste (add a little more honey if required). Apply to clean, damp skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off with a warm, damp face cloth, then rinse with tepid water. Pat skin semi dry and apply your moisturiser.

This mask requires you to….chop a large egg plant into chunks and ‘blitz’ in your blender. Add to this 2 tablespoons of plain natural Greek yoghurt….blitz again. Apply this to your face and neck area (on clean skin). Relax and after 20 minutes wipe off with a damp face cloth, then rinse with tepid water, pat skin semi

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2024 Community Calendar M ay

M ay


Wongan Arts Society 10am to 3pm Every Tues

Ballidu Lodge Art Gallery Open 10:30 to 1:30pm Every Sat

Wongan Arts Society 9am to 12noon Every Sat

Wed 17

Fitness Class Seniors Centre/ fluid art with Kathie Fri

Knit and Natter @ CRC Fri

PDA Day @ CRC Fri




Games Day Seniors Centre


Games Day @ Seniors Centre Wed

Containers for Change Thur





Bingo @ Seniors Centre

National Volunteer Week

Pippa Morrell Brayden Auhl Hayley Meldrum Kim Thornton Lesley Muir

25 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Sat

National Sorry Day Sun


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Coffee Break

Chicken Cacciatore

Here are a couple of puzzles for the adults while having a cuppa and reading their Boomer. WORDSEARCH-WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Ingredients: 4 125-grams each Skinless Chicken Thigh Fillets (fat trimmed, chopped) 1 Brown Onion (coarsely chopped) 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped) 2 Medium Red Capsicums (seeded, coarsely chopped) 8 Green Olives (pitted, halved) 400 grams can Tomatoes (no-added-salt diced) 400g can Cannelloni Beans (drained) ¼ cup White Wine 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 2 Rosemary Sprigs ½ cup Salt-Reduced Chicken Stock 100 grams cups Mushrooms (sliced) ¾ cup Wholemeal Couscous Flat-Leaf Parsley Sprigs (to serve) Method: Step 1 Spray a large non-stick frying pan with olive oil spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2 mins each side or until the chicken is golden. Transfer to a plate.

Step 2 Add the onion, garlic and capsicum to the pan and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the onion is just soft. Add the olive, tomato, wine, oregano, rosemary, stock, beans and mushroom. Bring to the boil. Return chicken and any juices to the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 mins or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens slightly. Remove the rosemary sprigs and discard. Step 3 Meanwhile, cook the couscous following packet directions. Step 4 Divide the couscous among serving plates and spoon over the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley sprigs to serve.

Compiled by Janice Wilding




How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each word must contain the hub letter Can you E. find a 9-letter word and at least 20 other words of four letters or more avoiding proper nouns?






Compiled by Janice Wilding

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JOKES What do you get when you cross a bear with a forest? You get fur trees. When will the little snake arrive? I don't know, but he won't be long. Why did Dracula lie in the wrong coffin? He made a grave mistake. Why should you not let a bear operate the remote? He will keep pressing the paws button. Why did the dinosaur refuse to wear deodorant? He didn't want to be ex-stink.

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NewMonthly HearingClinic


PristineHearing,your independentAudiology Clinicwillbeattending monthlyatWonganHills MedicalCentre

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*Torq-Gard is 25% Cheaper than JD +50 II. Terms and Conditions apply. **Suitable for 250 intervals only. ***Fleetguard 70% cheaper time than equivalent Genuine Filter on selected lines. Wongan Hills Branch only.

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Women’s Field Day

Contact your local Boekeman Machinery Branch Dalwallinu 96 611 002 Dowerin 96 311 006 Northam 96 226 344 Wongan Hills 96 711 211 sales@boekemans.com.au boekemans.com.au

TUESDAY 11TH JUNE 2024 | 8.00AM - 4.30PM DALWALLINU RECREATION CENTRE | RSVP BY FRIDAY 31ST MAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Ella Greenslade - her amazing story from a livestock station in the NZ Highlands to Silver Medalist in the Tokyo Olympics to putting the ‘crop in’ in Kalannie… and the motivating factors in between!! The Liebe Group: local research highlights & building capacity Chris O’Callaghan, Liebe Group EO What is Australian grain worth? Nathan Cattle, Clear Grain Exchange Keeping kids safe on farms Kristen Jamieson, Kidsafe Finding your feet on the family farm Megan Pontifex, Waukalands Keeping up to date with HR &WHS Danielle McNamee, ProcessWorx “ If you fail to plan you are planning to fail” - Benjamin Franklin Judy Snell, RSM From the farm to the Tokyo Olympics Ella Greenslade You are your business’s biggest asset, and its best investment Kathy Brown, Rabobank Negotiations with energy companies Rebecca Kelly, Nuffield Scholar The science behind spray application Bill Campbell, Campbell Ag Sense of self Jodie Schell, Lot 39 Succession through the generations - Grower Panel Discussion - Judy Snell, Rebecca Kelly, Jodie Schell, Merrie Carlshausen ON THE AGENDA

TICKETS Members* Non-members

$50 $90

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Purchase online via liebegroup.org.au *Note Liebe Group members receive 2 free tickets per membership

The Liebe Group Women’s Field Day is focused on increasing the management capacity of women to build a sustainable future for their family, farm business & the agricultural industry.


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Grain Brokers Australia Weekly Market Report Written by Peter McMeekin – May 14, 2024

Drought in Mexico driving grain import demand higher … The Mexican winter crop harvest is well underway, but the production outlook has been severely affected by extremely dry weather conditions, resulting in a decrease in the planted area of both wheat and corn and a dramatic reduction in the crop yield. Mexico’s national water authority, Conagua, says this season’s severe drought has intensified, and the country is facing the worst conditions since 2011. This is not only drastically reducing the availability of irrigation water for crops and potable drinking water for the burgeoning population but also increasing tensions with the United States, its biggest trading partner, over a 70-year-old water treaty. Under the treaty, Mexico is required to release 1.75 million acre-feet (1 acre-foot = 1.233 million litres) of water every five years to the US from six tributaries that feed into the Rio Grande, the fifth longest river of North America. In exchange, the US delivers water back to Mexico via the Colorado River, the eighth-longest river on the continent. Now into the fourth year of the current five-year cycle and Mexico has only supplied around 30 per cent of its obligations as it concentrates on domestic water needs and keeping its farmers pacified. Virtually all of Mexico’s wheat area is irrigated, and adequate dam water levels are essential to encourage seeding in the November to February planting window and supply sufficient irrigation water to maintain yield expectations through to harvest. However, dam levels in the state of Sonora, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of domestic wheat output, were at a record low of just 18 per cent in February. Likewise, in Guanajuato, the second biggest wheat producing state, where historically low water storage levels forced farmers to cut wheat plantings this season. According to the latest update from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, 2023/24 wheat production is expected to be 3.1 million metric tonnes off an estimated harvest area of 500,000 hectares, for an average yield of 6.2 metric tonnes per hectare. This is down from its January estimate of 3.5mmt and 13.2 per cent lower than the 2022/23 crop, which finished at a tad under 3.6mmt. Yields have steadily increased over the last six years from 5.2 metric tonnes per hectare in 2017/18 to 6.1MT/ha last year, based on higher irrigation levels. However, elevated input costs, poor seed technology, weather extremes, and inefficient use of available irrigation water remain obstacles to consistently increasing yields and production. Wheat imports are forecast at 5.4mmt in the current marketing year, up from 5.2mt in 2022/23, offsetting the lower production and a slight increase in domestic demand from 7.8MMT to 7.9MMT. The complexion of Mexico’s wheat imports has changed dramatically over the past three years. In calendar year 2021, 80 per cent was sourced from the US, 13.4 per cent from Canada and bugger all from Russia. But in the first ten months of 2023, that changed to 60.5 per cent from the US, 19.3 per cent from Canada and 16.3 per cent from Russia. Mexico is a significant supplier of durum wheat to the export market, with shipments expected to hit 0.9MMT in the 2023/24 marketing year. This is an increase of more than 12 per cent compared to 2022/23, primarily driven by increasing demand from key consumers. Algeria has traditionally been the primary destination, with the North African nation importing 73, 62 and 77 per cent of Mexico’s total durum exports in 2021, 2022 and 2023, respectively. Corn output has also suffered at the hand of the multi-year drought conditions, with FAS forecasting a total 2023/24 production at 23.3MMT, 17 per cent lower than the previous season's record crop of 28.1MMT. Mexico has two corn crops with around 70 per cent of output produced in the summer cycle, which is planted from April through to August and harvested in October through to January. The 30 per cent balance is winter corn which is sown in November, December and January and harvested in April through to July. The decreased production estimate reflects official government data, which unveiled lower planted and harvested areas due to poor early season soil moisture and inadequate irrigation water supplies, crop damage due to pests and disease, and lower-than-expected yields across most of the country. The planted area in the summer cycle reportedly declined by one per cent to 5.7 million hectares with final production expected to be around 17MMT. The unfavourable weather conditions throughout the season led to a four per cent yield decline year-on-year to an average of 3.24MT/ha. Output in Jalisco, Mexico’s largest summer corn producing state, was down around 31 per cent compared to 2022/23. Low autumn and winter rainfall in key water catchments feeding the larger producing states resulted in a 33 per cent decline in the winter cycle corn area to around 800,000 hectares. According to FAS the worst affected states were Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Sonora. Water storage levels in Sinaloa, which accounts for around 70 per cent of winter corn output, were only at 21 per cent of capacity in early February, 60 per cent lower than at the same time in 2023. Mexico is the world's fifth largest animal feed producer, with the country estimated to have produced over 43MMT of rations for domestic beef, poultry, swine, dairy, pet food, and aquaculture production in 2023. Over 50 percent of the animal feed includes corn and output is estimated to have grown by eight percent year-on-year. This has pushed feed and residual use of corn to a record 28mmt in 2023/24. Add the food, seed and industrial consumption of 18.6mmt, which is relatively static due to high food prices and domestic demand hits a record 46.6mmt in 2023/24. The escalating demand profile is expected to see corn imports in Mexico’s 2023/24 marketing year increase to a record 21.1MMT, second only to China on the global trade table. However, any further fall in winter cycle corn output will be reflected in higher import requirements as projected ending stocks are already very tight. The US supplied more than 85 per cent of Mexico’s corn imports in the last calendar year, with geographic proximity, a sizeable exportable surplus and strong relationships pairing the US grain and Mexican livestock sectors the primary catalysts. Call your local Grain Brokers Australia representative on 1300 946 544 to discuss your grain marketing needs.

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Wongan Arts Society



Located at The Station, between the Tourist Centre & the CRC.

194 - 196 Fitzgerald St, Northam Ph: 08 9621 1073 Email: reception@vicelegal.com.au

Meets every 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month

Tuesday’s - 10am to 3pm Saturday's - 9am to 12noon

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9am prayer meeting

Like us on our Facebook page, “Wongan Hills Arts & Craft Society”.

Property Settlement Restraining Orders Defacto Relationships Children's Issues Contact/Residence

10am service from the Bible

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Advertising Local News/Write Ups Community Announcements 4:30pm Friday Sports Deadlines 12pm Monday

Please bring your Bible

President Claire Ducker - 0419 913 887 Secretary - Courtney Ciffolilli - 0457 400 160

Paul: 0447 862 936

Serving the Wheatbelt Community

Wongan-Ballidu & District Menshed

Want to know what goes on inside Men's Shed? Ever thought of turning up to one to take a look? There's over 1000 Men's Sheds around Australia and there's one near you right here in Wongan Hills.

Founded In 2006

FOR THE WELLBEING OF MEN Wednesdays- All Day Saturdays from 1pm Corner of Depot and Calingiri Wongan Hills Road

Anyone welcome to drop by and see what's happening or just come and have a cuppa

For more information call Robert Doust 0408 906 229 Malcolm Godfrey 0427 682 125 Brian Donnellan 0457 905 211

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First Saturday of every month | 8am-11am New members and volunteers welcome Just turn up, or contact Jen Forrest 0488 035 003

Wongan Hills Community Garden Busy Bee

Every 2nd month 3rd Wednesday of the month 4.30pm | Kanyanya Contact Sandy Simons 0493 606 355 2nd Tuesday of every month | 6.30pm 2 Wallis Street, Ballidu Contact Jarrod Hood 0428 247 930 4th Wednesday of every month | 1.30pm St John Ambulance Hall Contact Mary Siegert 0427 830 896

Ballidu’s Tyre and Agricultural Supply Store

Wongan Hills Youth & Community Development Group Inc

Tyres Agricultural Chemical Fertiliser Tools Hardware Air Fittings Hydraulic Hoses & Fittings

Ballidu Volunteer Fire & Emergency

Wongan Hills CWA


1st Saturday of every month

Jade & Kiriane O’Connell 6 Alpha Street, Ballidu admin@tasupplies.com. au 08 9674 1276 Jade: 0474 222 235

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 7.00pm | APEX Lodge

Wongan Hills APEX

Wongan Hills & Districts Museum Meetings

2nd Monday of every month 5.30pm | Museum

1st Tuesday of every month at 5.30pm Wongan Hills Visitors Centre New members most welcome For more information please contact Melinda Godfrey 0419 350 479 3rd Tuesday of every month 8.00pm Drills: 1st Tuesday of every month 7.00pm Wongan Hills Fire Station Contact: Craig Bowles 0428 590 592 3rd Wednesday of every month 7.00pm | Sub Centre Ackland Street 1st Tuesday of every month | 6.30pm 3rd Tuesday of every month | 6.30pm President 0428 381 687 Secretary 0448 554 937 New members and volunteers welcome. Contact Alfreda Lyon on 0418 915 517 or the Visitors Centre on 9671 1973

Wongan Hills Tidy Towns


Wongan and Districts Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club

Did you know the Wongan Hills Community Resource Centre has rooms that you can hire? Function and Training Room

Wongan Hills Volunteer Fire Brigade


St John Ambulance Wongan Hills

The Rotary Club of Wongan Hills

Small Offices

Wongan Tourism Group

Please come by or phone the CRC on 9671 2550 or email crc@wongan.wa.gov.au for bookings and enquiries.

Wongan Hills Golf Club

3rd Monday of every month 7.30pm | Wongan Hills Golf Club Every 6 weeks Ring 0428 721 028 for enquiries 4th Monday of every month 5.00pm | Lesser Hall

Wongan Community Shop

Wongan Ballidu Branch Seniors Recreation Centre

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Ballidu Golf Club WEDNESDAY GOLF


With some warm and windy conditions, we had four ladies tee off for a round of par this week. With considerable roll we witnessed some amazing drives during the day with each player having their share of good shots. Joe-anne Sermon is continuing on from where she left off last season and was once again our winner of the day with a steady score of +2, Jo was once again several shots in front of the rest of the field. Tania Turner was our runner-up with -2, we are enjoying having Tania joining us on Wednesday’s and hope that she can experience playing on some green fairways in the not too distant future.

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Jems (3) lost to Rookies (8)

J High Score – Arnold Adajar 111 J High Peg – Arnold Adajar 14 J High Avg – Arnold Adajar 49.81

R High Score – Dale Booth & Naomi Booth 140

R High Peg – Dale Booth 68 R High Avg – Dale Booth 64.33

Nearest the Pins

#5 Karen Hedland #14 Sharon Sermon

Basketballers (5) lost to Shakey Town (6)

BB High Score – Mel Godfrey 101 BB High Peg – Mick Godfrey 26 BB High Avg – Geoff Chambon 45.64

ST High Score – Hayden Turner 119 ST High Peg – Kev Simons 81 ST High Avg – Kev Simons 49.04

Monthly Long Drive #3 Tania Turner Monthly Best Second #17 Sharon Sermon



Playin Darts Breakin Hearts (4) lost to Here 4 The Beer (7)

PDBH High Score – Eddie Bullock 131 PDBH High Peg – Sam Bullock 20 PDBH High Avg – Eddie Bullock 37.52

H4TB High Score – David Edmonds 121 H4TB High Peg – Jess Hartley 47 H4TB High Avg – Gordo Quinn 47.88

Wongan Hills and Districts Dart Association Season 2024 Wednesday, 8 May 2024 Basketballers 5 lost to Shakey Town 6 Jems 3 lost to Rookies 8 Playin Darts Breakin Hearts 4 lost to Here 4 The Beer 7

PREMIERSHIP LADDER - up to 8/05/2024


Played Won Lost

Draw For

Against Percent Points Adjust


4 4 4 4 4 4

4 3 3 1 1 0

0 1 1 3 3 4

0 0 0 0 0 0

30 26 25 20 18 12

14 214.29 8 18 144.44 6 18 138.89 6

0 0 0 0 0 0

Here 4 the Beer Shakey Town Basketballers

24 83.33 26 69.23 31 38.71

2 2 0


Playin Darts Breakin Hearts

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Wongan Hills Golf Club Results

Wongan Hills Golf Club Results


Saturday the 11th of May


Thursday 9 th of May 2024


RB Motors




Gerry Heavey

32 Points C/B


Hazel and Bill Bynon “Mother’s Day”

NETT RUNNER UP LIMIT MARKER Wongan Trees NEAREST THE PINS Elders Tractus Australia McIntosh & Sons Universal Trailers BEST THIRD SHOT Afgri Equipment LONGEST PUTT Great Southern Fuels LONGEST LAST SHOT New Holland BEST SECOND SHOT Wongan Accounting and Tax

Gavin White

32 Points

Marian Stoner

34 Points


Chad Driscoll

27 Points


Teresa Macpherson

29 Points

NEAREST THE PINS Shirley & Paul Pascoe Wongan Hills Hotel

No 2 No 5

Gavin White Tristan Breen Tristan Breen Gavin White

No 2 No 5

Marian Stoner

Teresa Macpherson

No 12 No 15

Auhls Transport

No 12 No 15

Marian Stoner Rebecca Hall

Wild Licorice Hair & Beauty

No 8

Eion Ganzer

BEST SECOND SHOT Nutrien Ag - (H/cap 30-49) No 16

Marian Stoner

No 11

Brad West


No 4

Teresa Macpherson

No 9

Gavin White

CLOSEST CHIP Wheatbelt Tyres

No 18

Gavin White

No 8

Teresa Macpherson

LONG DRIVE (All) Hanafords

LONGEST PUTT Wongan Hills Accounting & Tax No 9

No 7

Gavin White

Maggie Gales

LONG DRIVE H/C 20+ Dunnings

Elders Insurance

No 18

Leanne Falconer

No 11

Tristan Breen


No 3

Gerry Heavy

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St Peter ’ s Anglican Church Karen Box, Administrator 0455060050 wdanglican@westnet.com.au Rev Leon Stickland 96201201 www.wonganhills-dalwallinu.perth.anglican.org Mainly music Facebook page May Tues 14 7.30pm Parish Council Fri 17 Mainly Music - Mocardy Centre Sun 19 9am Eucharist Service - Rev Leon What an

For all Enquiries please call Fr Ian Esmond 96711202

amazing Mothers Day at Mainly Music last week. The Mocardy Centre was full of mums, toddlers, babies and their grandparents. Music, morning tea and gifts. Laughter, joy and love in abundance.

We aren ’ t questioning this with words, but our behaviour betrays us. We say to a friend, “ I will pray for you. ” But we walk away without any sense of a commitment to pray because we have doubts about prayers being answered. We listen to sermons and homilies affirming the benefits of a life of communion with God, but some- where deep down we really believe that it is action, not prayer, that will satisfy our needs. We may think prayer is good when there is nothing more important to do, but we have strong reservations and doubts about God ’ s effectiveness in our world, of God ’ s personal interest in us. We are no longer conscious of God

Parish Mass Times Sunday 19 May 8.30am Wongan Hills 11am Dalwallinu Sunday 26 May 8.30am Wongan Hills Sunday 2 June 8.30am Wongan Hills 11am Dalwallinu Sunday 9 June 8.30am Wongan Hills Sunday 16 June 8.30am Wongan Hills

Does God Really Care? The pressures of living in our society make us react to questions and problems more with bitterness, resentment, and even hatred. Far from being inspired, we seem to have forgotten about God. We are cynical about so much suffering in ourselves and in the world and we do not know how to integrate that with our spiritual aspirations. As in a love-hate relationship, feelings of deep disillusionment colour our capacity to relate with the One we once accepted and tried to follow. We feel ambivalent and dissatisfied, wondering if God can really be trusted and if God really is a personal God who is “ close to the brokenhearted. ”

Tues 14 7.30pm Parish Council - Mocardy Centre Sun 26 9am Morning Prayer - Cheryl & Alan

There ’ s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. Jill Churchill

Nikki & Faith Top Right: Harrison Right: Gifts for mums

Church Building In a bustling city filled with skyscrap- ers and noise, I ’ m a construction

worker. My life was once marked by emptiness and uncertain- ty, but amidst the chaos, an unexpected encounter with Christ brought solace and purpose to my existence.

Prayer for Rain: Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us this earth to care for and delight in. Look with mercy on our need for rain for our parched land. We pray that life-giving rain will soon fall. We pray for those people working on the land, and those in business that depend on farming and grazing for their livelihoods. Help them to know Your love and care, and to bring their burdens to You. Send us the rain we need during the seasons of Autumn and winter so that refreshed and renewed our earth may be healed

During my early years, I wandered through life, desperately searching for meaning. Addiction and the weight of my past mistakes burdened me. Deep inside, I yearned for something more substantial than the hollow pleasures offered by the daily grind. One fateful day, as I took a break from my construction work, I stumbled upon a small, weathered church hidden in a forgotten corner of the city. Intrigued, I entered, seeking refuge from the turmoil in my heart. Little did I know that this moment would mark the beginning of my transformation. Within those humble church walls, I encountered a community of people whose faith emanated genuine love and acceptance. They welcomed me with open arms, sharing their own stories of redemption and grace. Through their unwavering devotion to Christ, they introduced me to a love I had never known. Over time, I became a regular attendee of the church, hungry for the truth and hope that resonated in their lives. I immersed myself in the teachings of Christ, spending countless hours delving into the words of the Bible and seeking solace through prayer. In my newfound faith, I discovered an overwhelming peace and a sense of purpose that had eluded me for far too long. Through the transforming power of Christ ’ s love, my life began to change. I found the strength to overcome my addictions, mend broken relationships, and make amends for my past mistakes. The love and forgiveness I experienced from my newfound faith community played a vital role in my journey toward healing and restoration. As my life was renewed, a deep sense of gratitude consumed me. I felt called to give back. It was during my time on construction sites, using my skills with my hands, that I recognized the profound connection between my craftsmanship and my love for Christ. I realized that I could utilize my talents to repair and renovate churches in need, symbolizing the transformative power of Christ ’ s love within physical spaces. My personal transformation became a testament to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Not only did it impact my own life, but it also became a beacon of hope for others who sought an escape from darkness. My dedication to serving God through my construction skills showcased the depth of my love for Christ and my desire to share that love with the world. As my passion for Christ and my commitment to church restoration grew, I became an inspiration to those around me. My personal testimony, illustrating the discovery of purpose and joy in Christ ’ s love, touched countless lives. It served as a reminder that no one is beyond redemption and that even amidst life ’ s chaos, Christ ’ s transformative power can bring forth peace, healing, and a renewed sense of purpose. And so, armed with my faith, my tools, and a heart overflowing with love for Jesus, I continue to use my construction skills to repair and renovate churches during my spare time. Each nail I drive, each wall I paint, and each prayer I whisper become tangible expressions of my love for Christ and my unwavering commitment to sharing that love with the world. Source: The Christian Heart.

Greeting the day that lies ahead Take a moment of thanksgiving for the gift of this day. Look forward to the key moments of this day: family relationships, work, recreation. Be aware of anything that may cause stress. Place the day in God ’ s hands. Set out confident that all the people I meet, all I do and say, are God ’ s gift to me this day. Lord I give you today my prayers, thoughts, works and actions, that they may be for your glory and for the good of the world

Pentecost Sunday 19 May Pentecost marks the conclusion of the Easter season. It is a celebration of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Like those early believers who were filled with the zeal of the Spirit, may we too step out in the name of Jesus and share a message of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. Don ’ t be afraid, the Lord is with you.

Come, Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love

In Prayer We Present our Thoughts to God To pray, I think, does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, nor does it mean spending time with God instead of spending time with other people. As soon as we begin to divide our thoughts into thoughts about God and thoughts about other things, like people and events, we separate God from our daily life. At that point God is allocated to a pious little niche in some corner of our lives where we only think pious thoughts and experience pious feelings. Although it is important and even indispensable for our spiritual lives to set apart time for God and God alone, our prayer can only become unceasing [prayer] when all our thoughts— beautiful or ugly, high or low, proud or shameful, sorrowful or joyful—can be thought in the presence of the One who dwells in us and surrounds us. By trying to do this, our unceasing thinking is converted into unceasing prayer, moving us from a self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue. To do this we want to try to convert our thoughts into conversation. The main question, therefore, is not so much what we think, but to whom we present our thoughts.

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