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Geraldton gunning for NAB Challenge match

Geraldton is vying for an AFL NAB Challenge match and the campaign has already generated unwavering support from the community.

The City of Greater Geraldton and the Great Northern Football League have teamed up to present a strong case to bring one of the AFL’s pre-season games to the region.

City of Greater Geraldton Acting Mayor Neil McIlwaine said the economic benefits of an AFL game in Geraldton would be huge.

“A NAB Challenge game in Geraldton would generate over $1million into our economy,” he said.

“We know how much our community loves sport and we have already seen strong support to get the game here.

“We hope everyone will get behind this and help us to get it over the line.”

A letter of offer has been submitted to the AFL to help secure the game which would take place in early 2017.

GNFL President Colin Cox said the GNFL had been working towards this goal for some time.

“We are very close to being selected to host a match and a big thank you goes to the City for their help and determination in making it happen,” he said.

“The last NAB Challenge game in the region was in 2004 and since then, suitable lighting to enable games to be played at night have been installed.

“As the lights have now come to fruition the Midwest look forward to holding a NAB Challenge game allowing thousands of people across the region to access to the sport which they love and passionately support.”

Mr Cox also highlighted the fact that the Midwest produced 18.43 draftees for every 1000 male players aged between 13 and 18 for the period of 1998 to 2010. The "yield" figure was sixth-best in the country.

“The Midwest AFL production line includes past players Chris Mainwaring, Murray Wrensted, Graham Polak, Troy Cook, Daniel Chick and Brad Tunbridge, along with many others,” he said. 

“If WA’s Jaeger O'Meara and Jack Martin live up to the wraps, they won't just be following in the footsteps of fellow Midwest products Josh Kennedy, Paul Haselby and Harry Taylor, rather O'Meara and Martin will be reaffirming a statistically proven fact – that WA's Midwest produces more AFL draftees per 1000 players than any other development region in the state.”

Councillor McIlwaine is urging the community to show their support online.

“We would love for everyone to head on over to the ‘Bring a NAB Cup game to Geraldton’ Facebook page and like it and share it with your friends,” he said.

“Comment and post on the page to show your support and tell us what AFL teams you would like to see play in Geraldton.

“Seeing a huge amount of support, especially online, gives us more backing and builds a case to the AFL on how successful the event will be in the Midwest.

“We want the community, sporting groups and local businesses to really get behind this – without you, we cannot do it.”

The decision as to whether Geraldton will secure a NAB Challenge match will be made in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, community members can head to and show their support by liking, sharing and commenting on the page.


Rotary Club of Geraldton 2016 Annual Rotary Radio Auction

The Rotary Club of Geraldton, one of the leading community service organisations, has been raising funds to support local and overseas community projects for the last 66 years.

On Sunday, 30th October 2016, through the sponsorship and support of BENDIGO BANK, TELSTRA COUNTRYWIDE, THE GERALDTON GUARDIAN, 98.1 - THE SPIRIT and the COMMUNITY OF GERALDTON, the Rotary Club of Geraldton will present its 25th Annual Radio Auction.

City Health Geraldton vandalised - Do you recognise these people?

"Last week City Health Geraldton was vandalised, on Monday 10/10 @5.30 in the afternoon. And then early TUES 11/10 @5am a staff members bike was stolen."
Do you recognise the offenders in this footage? 
Please contact police (9923 4555) if you have any information or call the practice on 99214433.

Looking for family members who lived in Geraldton - Letter to editor

Hi there. I am currently located in South Wales, UK. I am trying to get back in contact with my family ... who lived in Rangeway, Geraldton in around 2007. The father of the family in question is named David Kerry Evans and is my great uncle. He and his family emigrated from South Wales, UK in 1974 and this was the last time they were seen by their family. We have had an enormous amount of help from a resident in WA who has managed to confirm the death of Simon John Evans (son) in Karratha in 1987 and that the family did indeed live in Geraldton. It would be very helpful if you could please ask your group members if anyone remembers the Evans family and if they have any idea where they are now. David Kerry Evans, his wife Gillian, his son Simon John (deceased) and daughter Elaine.

I am currently located in South Wales, UK. I am trying to get back in contact with my family. My email address is

Kind regards, Laura Caddell

David Kerry Evans and Gill Evans on wedding day

David Kerry Evans and Gill Evans on wedding day

David kerry evans, Gillian Evans and their daughter Elaine Evans

David kerry evans, Gillian Evans and their daughter Elaine Evans

Gillian Evans with children Simon John Evans and Elaine Evans

Gillian Evans with children Simon John Evans and Elaine Evans

Melbourne Cup Day at the Port View Restaurant

Are you looking for somewhere to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day? Then you should book the Port View Restaurant. 

For just $55 per person you get an amazing 3 course meal, a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival and the wonderful view. They will have the race screened live at the restaurant as well as sweeps and best dressed competition.

With the festive season just around the corner, book in your work or social Christmas party with Port View Restaurant. They have organised a delicious set menu for just $55 per person. 

To book your table now call them on 9965 4011 or email them at


Facebook is trialling a new Snapchat-like feature on Australians


Facebook has started trialling a new feature in the Messenger app called "Messenger Day".

If you're familiar with Snapchat at all, your eyebrows will rise somewhat with how blatantly it copies one of Snapchat's most popular features- the Story.   

Essentially you can record a bit of video or take a picture, post it to Messenger Day, and anyone can view said media for 24 hours... or you can send it directly to people. 

It's certainly making the Messenger app look cluttered, but with incredible user growth at Snapchat, it seems Facebook is desperate to do what they can to stop people from jumping ship. 

The feature is very much like the Instagram (owned by Facebook) Stories feature that rolled out recently. Instagram openly admitted it was copying Snapchat. 

The move appears to be part of Facebook's reaction to data that showed people are preferring platforms like Snapchat to share content. 

If you have the feature give it a go and let us know what you think.  


Stolen Property Located

In the afternoon of Friday 14 October 2016 local shopkeepers had reported items being stolen from their store that day.

Police located a 42 year old Spalding Woman who matched the description given by public and had cause to search her. During the search police located 24 items of property secreted on her person.

Police allege the woman stole from three separate shops. Most of the items where jewellery and clothing.

Whilst at Geraldton Police Station the woman requested medical assistance and was conveyed to Geraldton Regional Hospital by police where she was left with medical staff. A short time later police returned to the hospital for a report of a disturbance.

Police located the same female exiting the hospital with a large bag filled with various items. She was spoken to by police and it was ascertained she did not have permission to take the items from the hospital.

The 42 year old began loudly insulting police whilst inside the hospital. She was arrested and conveyed back to Geraldton Police Station where she was further charged with disorderly conduct.

She will appear at Geraldton Magistates Court at a later date after being charged with 4 x Stealing and 1 x disorderly conduct. 

Traffic Crash John Willcock Link

At approximately 3.20pm on Friday 14 October 2016, Geraldton Police responded to a report of a traffic crash which occurred on John Willcock Link near the intersection of Fitzgerald Street.

A road train was carting a load of iron ore to the Geraldton Port and driving along John Willcock Link. At the same time a four year old girl was riding her bicycle and attempted to cross from the northern side of John Willcock Link to the southern side.

Another vehicle was travelling in front of the road train and entered into the right turn lane when the driver observed the four year old crossing the road. The driver of the vehicle came to a stop just prior to the pedestrian crossing point to allow the four year old to cross in front of him. After the driver of the truck noticed the vehicle stopping in an unusual position he immediately reduced his speed however the girl crossed in front and collided with the front corner of the bull bar.

The four year old was taken by ambulance to Geraldton Regional Hospital where she is being treated for injuries sustained to her leg and is in a stable condition.

If you have any information about this incident make a report online at or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, where all calls are strictly confidential, and rewards are offered. 

Why a lack of sleep makes us depressed … and what we can do about it

Why a lack of sleep makes us depressed ... and what we can do about it

Alice M. Gregory, Goldsmiths, University of London

Historically, insomnia has been thought of as secondary to other disorders such as depression. The idea was that you became depressed – and that your sleep got messed up as a consequence. This might involve difficulty falling asleep, excessive time awake at night or waking up earlier than hoped.

This may make sense to those who have experienced depression and found that thoughts of distressing events such as of a deceased loved one, or previous failures, keep them awake at night. The possibility that depression leads to insomnia is also consistent with research in which I have been involved – where we found that adults with insomnia were more likely than others to have experienced anxiety and depression earlier in life.

But could things really be the other way around? Could poor sleep be making you depressed? Over the past decade or so it has become increasingly clear that disturbed sleep often comes before an episode of depression, not afterwards, helping to do away with the notion that sleep problems are secondary to other disorders.

This is not too hard to relate to either – just think about how you feel after you have slept poorly. Perhaps you feel tearful or snap at those around you. The literature seems to back up the idea that our ability to regulate our emotions is reduced after a bad night’s sleep. Insomnia has also been shown to predict depression defined according to diagnostic criteria.

So why does poor sleep lead to depression? Lots of different mechanisms have been proposed. To give just a few examples, let’s start by thinking about our behaviour. I, for one, am more likely to cancel an evening out with friends or an exercise class after a poor night’s sleep. This could be part of the problem, as such events are exactly those that may help to keep depressive symptoms at bay.

If we think about what happens to the brain when we miss sleep, there are clues as to why sleep and depression are linked. One study on this topic focused on an area of the brain called the amygdala. This is an almond-shaped structure located deep in the brain that is believed to play an important role in our emotions and anxiety levels.

It was found that participants who had been sleep deprived for approximately 35 hours showed a greater amygdala response when presented with emotionally negative pictures when compared to those who had not been sleep deprived. Interestingly, links with parts of the brain that regulate the amygdala seemed weaker, too – meaning that the participants were perhaps less able to control their emotions. Such findings could help to explain how poor sleep may actually cause difficulties such as depression.

Inherited insomnia

Over the years, my own work has taken a behavioural genetic perspective in an attempt to understand the links between poor sleep and depression. From my twin research and work led by others it seems that poor sleep and insomnia symptoms could be, to some extent, part of the same genetic cluster – meaning that if we inherit genes which make us susceptible to insomnia, we may also be vulnerable to depression.

Lonely hours. Shutterstock

When trying to explain the link between sleep and depression, I’m also intrigued by recent work on the immune system and depression. Studies have found that those suffering from, or at risk of, depression may show high levels of inflammation in their bodies. Their immune systems appear to be in hyper-drive as if they’re fighting infection or healing from injury. When we disturb or restrict sleep we may also experience inflammation, so perhaps inflammation could also help to explain the link between sleep and depression.

So what can we do about it? It has been proposed for some time now that by improving sleep we can perhaps prevent or treat depression. Recently, data have started to emerge from studies suggesting that this may indeed be the case. For example, researchers at the University of Oxford in collaboration with the psychological therapy provider Self Help Manchester evaluated whether an online treatment for insomnia reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. They advised people with these difficulties to take steps such as keeping a consistent wake time, getting out of bed when they can’t sleep, and challenging beliefs that a bad night’s sleep is incapacitating.

They found that both anxiety and depression symptoms were reduced after insomnia treatment. Other groups are currently looking at whether by improving our sleep we can reduce other types of psychiatric difficulties, too. But even before this work is complete, the take-home message from research to date is clear: we need to begin to prioritise our sleep.

Alice M. Gregory, Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

The Conversation

Thinking big to help digital, creative and social ventures grow

Geraldton people working with creative, social, and digital ventures have a rare chance to come together, learn and grow their ventures at three separate networking sessions at Pollinators CityHive on October 20.

The workshops will enable people to think outside the square and get expert guidance, and peer support to help their ventures soar.

Flock facilitator Jo Blayney said the sessions would enable to take a step back to look at the big picture and gain new ideas and insights into how they can grow or work smarter.

Tickets cost $10.

Workshops include:

9.00am – 10.30 to Social

Discuss with peers and hear from experts about what it means to run a good not-for-profit or social venture that is either high-impact or highly sustainable and what pathways and networks there are for further professional development.

11.30am- 1pm Creatives

The workshop will bring together photographers, visual artists, graphic designers and more to be inspired by creative professionals who have scaled or grown the businesses.

1.30pm – 3pm Digital

Hear firsthand what it means to run a good digital business that could EITHER scale, or be very lifestyle compatible. Specific to those working in digital industries such as IT and web design.

Get your tickets through this LINK.

Forty Winks Geraldton’s 10th Birthday Sale

Forty Winks is turning 10 – and you get all the savings!

First they are having a huge Upsize Sale – if you buy a double, queen or king Serta Mattress, you will only pay the price of a single! Serta Mattresses are so comfortable you’ll never count sheep again. So if you have been thinking about buying a new mattress now is the time.

And if this wasn’t enough, if you mention this post to the friendly staff when you are in store they will give you a further 10% of their already low prices! 

This sale is only available from Wednesday to Saturday 4pm, so make sure you get down to Forty Winks Geraldton at the Homemaker Centre this week. 
If you snooze you’ll lose!


Forty Winks Geraldton’s 10th Birthday Sale

Forty Winks is turning 10 – and you get all the savings!

First they are having a huge Upsize Sale – if you buy a double, queen or king Serta Mattress, you will only pay the price of a single! Serta Mattresses are so comfortable you’ll never count sheep again. So if you have been thinking about buying a new mattress now is the time.

And if this wasn’t enough, if you mention this post to the friendly staff when you are in store they will give you a further 10% of their already low prices! 

This sale is only available from Wednesday to Saturday 4pm, so make sure you get down to Forty Winks Geraldton at the Homemaker Centre this week. 
If you snooze you’ll lose!


Save big at Batavia Furniture’s 10th Birthday Celebration

This Saturday, 15th October, Batavia Furniture and Bedding are turning 10, and they want to celebrate! 

So they are having 10-40% off all furniture and bedding.

And if this wasn’t enough of a reason to get down there on Saturday, they are will also have Fairy Deb doing free face painting and Mid West Bungee Hire doing free jumps outside the store. 

Batavia Furniture will be having heaps of giveaways and every purchase gets you a ticket into the main Homemaker Centre draw.

They will have heaps of specials happening, like the Jet Sofa Package with a 2 seater and 3 seater for just $1099.

The Brookton 4 Piece Bedroom Package for only $1449

And the Lucio 7 Piece Dining Suite for a low $899

So whether you need something new for your lounge room or your bedroom, come down and help Batavia Furniture and Bedding celebratethis Saturday. But it must end at 3pm, so don’t miss out.

Batavia Furniture and Bedding are the big blue building at the Homemaker Centre Geraldton.


Letter to the editor: $500 REWARD for information of the person/s responsible

$500 REWARD for information which leads to the arrest, conviction and jailing of the person or persons responsible for smashing our main lounge room window TWICE in the past three weeks. Charles Street, Bluff Point. Clearly done with a ging in both instances. Anyone who had been standing on the other side of the window at the time would have surely been killed. The police have attended the scene, taken away evidence and are investigating. Glass shards were found in the adjacent room 10m away along with these steel nuts and a number of rocks. If you have information, please Contact Geraldton Police.

A story on an Aboriginal community from the view of a foreigner

We recently had American film maker and travel writer , Gareth Leonard, visit our School, Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School in the Mid West Education District. We are only a bit over three hours from Geraldton, our main shopping centre, and near the Murchison Settlement.

He was interested in seeing a positive story about Aboriginal communities after hearing lots of negative stories

Here is the film he produced.

- Kevin McKenna

Prize money up for grabs in basketball comp

Get your mates together and win yourself a handy $500 in prize money with the City of Greater Geraldton’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Starting on 18 October through to 6 December, every Tuesday the tournament will be held at the half court on the Foreshore from 5 – 8pm.

Entry is $10 and is open to anyone 21 and under.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the competition would be a great opportunity for all kinds of athletes.

“This might be a good chance for those who wanted to try out basketball but wanted to do it in a more social setting, or maybe for those wanting to fine-tune skills with some different people,” he said.

“We’re encouraging anyone under 21 to get a couple of friends together and enter the comp.

“Plus there is $500 up for grabs for the winning team!”

For more information and to sign up for the competition head to the City’s website, call the City on 9956 6600 or email

Grants to revitalise WA heritage places

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney has welcomed the news that OakabellaStation is among this year’s Heritage Grants recipients, securing $34, 122.00. 

“The station homestead and outbuildings provide us with a glimpse into the past. It is an important record of history in the Midwest,” said Mr Blayney. 

“I am very pleased that it has been selected to receive one of this year’s Heritage Grants. 

“The Jackson family are to be congratulated for their efforts in preserving these significant buildings,” said Mr Blayney. 

“The Belay Farm Group, Walkaway were also successful receiving $14,034.00 as was Tibradden Homestead Group, Kojarena who received $6,390.00.” 

“These properties all provide a window to the past, so it’s very important that their heritage status is recognised through appropriate funding,” said Mr Blayney. 

Western Australians place a high value on our heritage places. The State Government is committed to preserving heritage sites to ensure they continue to play an active role in the life our community.

Private property owners play a big role in preserving and revitalising many heritage buildings and places. Some of this State’s most important heritage places such as homes and commercial buildings in are private ownership.

To help support the maintenance of heritage values of these places for the whole community, the State Government’s Heritage Grants Program provides a total of almost $1.3 million a year, with dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $100,000 to private owners for urgent conservation works or documentation to help plan future works.

This year, 28 projects have been awarded heritage grants – 13 metropolitan and 15 regional projects.

As owners are required to match funds to the projects, this will result in almost $3 million in conservation works around the State.

The grants program offers dollar-for-dollar funding to private owners for urgent conservation works or documentation to help plan future works. It is one of the few grant programs in Australia to assist private owners with the costs associated with maintaining heritage places.

Since the program’s inception in 1997, 745 heritage projects had received grants totalling more than $18 million.

Funding available for Community Crime Prevention Initiatives

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney is inviting all local government authorities and incorporated-not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding to implement community crime prevention initiatives.  The funding is provided through the Community Crime Prevention Fund and the State Graffiti Fund.

“I hope as many organisations as possible will take advantage of the opportunity to apply for funding through the Community Prevention Fund and the State Graffiti Fund.

“Submissions for funding are now open but will close on the 2nd of November, so please follow the links provided to make your application,” said Mr Blayney.

“I hope we can all work towards making Geraldton a safer community. One where people feel safe to go about their everyday business, and enjoy the natural beauty and many amenities that Geraldton has to offer,” Mr Blayney said.

Please take the opportunity to promote these grants in your Electorate. Further information can be sourced by following the links below.

Community Crime Prevention Fund 2016 -2017
Submissions are now open.
Submissions close 12:00PM 2 November 2016 (AWST).
Find out more about Community Crime Prevention Fund 2016 -2017...

State Graffiti Fund 2016 - 2017
Submissions are now open.
Submissions close 12:00PM 16 November 2016 (AWST).
Find out more about State Graffiti Fund 2016 - 2017...