Dr Lorel Mayberry to talk on pornography and effects on children and young people


Dr Lorel Mayberry, Sexologist will be in Geraldton on 9th August 2018 facilitating an education session for parents and caregivers.  The session is for those who would like to increase their confidence and skills to talk to children and young people about pornography and/or have concerns about children’s access to pornography.

The session covers topics including the impact of young peoples’ expectations of sex and sexuality, effects of exposure, responding to online pornography and other risks, and how to talk with children. 

“Parents are the most important educators of their children,” said Dr Mayberry. “The more comfortable parents feel about talking about sexuality, the more likely it is that their children talk with them.”

“Talking with your children about pornography is essential. Research tells us that even young children are accessing porn and quite often this is by accident. Porn gives young minds false messages about healthy sexuality. It is often sexist and disrespectful towards women.”

“Parents may think that their children will not listen to them. With a positive approach, parents can have a strong influence on attitudes towards relationships and sexuality,” Dr. Mayberry said.

The session for parents & caregivers: Online pornography, effects on children and young people will be held on 9th August 2018, 7pm to 9pm at the Desert Blue Connect Studio, 28 Durlacher Street, Geraldton.  Tickets are $25 and are available at Desert Blue Connect reception or on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/online-pornography-effects-on-children-and-young-people-tickets-46969259319


Dr Lorel Mayberry will also facilitate a professional development session:  Understanding sexuality and relationship education on Friday 10th August 2018 from 9:30am to 12:00 noon at the Desert Blue Connect Studio.  This session is aimed at teachers and school staff, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, and others with an interest in sexuality and relationship education.  It will explore topics including sexual development (preschool to adolescence), how to talk to children and young people about keeping safe, gender and sexuality, and promoting healthy relationships.  Cost is $25 which includes morning tea, tickets either at Desert Blue Connect reception or on Eventbrite at


Dr Lorel Mayberry has worked as a sexologist for three decades and lectures in sexology at Curtin University.  She works as a consultant in sexuality education specializing in teaching of the controversial issues in health education.  She does many workshops with parents and teachers including workshops with the school curriculum materials – ‘Growing and developing healthy relationships’. 

Desert Blue Connect provide a range of free or low cost services that include women’s health, rural support services, men’s services, family violence response, primary prevention and crisis accommodation for women and children.  

Desert Blue Connect also offer specialist education in sexuality and relationship, respectful relationship and child protection and abuse prevention.  This is offered to professionals, individuals, community organisations and schools and is customised to meet the specific needs whilst using a whole of community approach.  Please contact Desert Blue Connect for further information on 9964 2742 or email info@desertblueconnect.org.au



Port Farewells Mick Price

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After almost a 50-year career spent down by the wharfs of Geraldton Port, crane operator Mick Price hung-up his hard hat for the final time on Friday.

While being farewelled by friends and colleagues, some of who he has worked alongside for decades, Mick had the chance to reflect on his 47-year-tenure and the road that brought him there.

He had never been one to shy away from a hard day’s work - even as a 10 year old he was up at the crack-of-dawn to drive a self-propelled header on his parents farm.

As a teenager he was eager to enter the workforce, so much so he even admits to telling a white lie when he first applied for a job at the Port.

“It was 1969, at about this time of year, when I first applied for a job down on the wharfs,” he said.

“I was 16 but In those days you had to be 18 to work here, so I added on a few years and got the job.

“Eventually they found out and told me to come back and try again when I was of age. So that’s what I did and in 1971 I was back again working in maintenance.”

Chuffed with his weekly wage of $49, Mick made sure he worked hard to earn his money.

His duties started out as mixing concrete, replacing the jetties at the Fishing Boat Harbour and painting and replacing the old timber fender systems on the berths.

As the Port expanded, with Mick witness to the construction of berth 5, 6 and 7, his duties also evolved and he went on to sandblasting and maintaining the Port’s machinery.

“I’ve certainly seen some changes down here that’s for sure,” he said.

“Even the tools we started off using - it used to take two of us to work the handoperated drills when we were replacing the fenders.

“I’ve done a lot of different jobs in my time and for the past 10 years I’ve been operating and maintaining our cranes, which I’ve gone up two grades in.

“We’ve got a pretty good group down here and all get on pretty well – I think the thing I’ll miss most is my mates.”

Mick has no plans to slow down in retirement and is eager to spend more time restoring his fleet of vintage cars and machinery, which includes a 39 Ford De Luxe.

When he’s not tinkering with his cars, the rest of his time will most likely be taken up by his nine grandchildren.

Mid West Ports Authority Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis thanked Mick for his years of service and wished him and his family all the best for the next chapter.

“Mick has been part of the fabric of the Geraldton Port for almost half a century,” he said.

“He takes with him considerable history and memories of how the port has developed over this time.”

Before the end of his final shift, Mick offered some final words of advice for those preceding him.

“I really think making sure we always bring in apprentices and give them the time and effort to learn is really important,” he said.

“I’ve always had a lot of time for the younger guys coming through.

“Other than that, I think it’s important to just get to know the people you’re working with and be social with them.

“Have a beer together every now and then - they could end up being some of your good mates.”

MWPA staff and Board thank Mick for his years of service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement.

Member for Geraldton welcomes new water supply main


Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney MLA welcomes the State Governments commitment to install a new water main to improve water supply to the northern suburbs of Geraldton and Northampton.

“The new water main will improve reliability of water supply in the area which will help to improve the daily lives of residents.

Mr Blayney said that he has had various discussions with constituents and relevant organisations regarding the unreliability of the water supply in the northern areas of Geraldton and has been following its progress for some time.

“I’ve had various dealings regarding the water supply in this area”, said Mr Blayney.

“A new main will be greatly welcomed by the local community.

As well as providing higher reliability to residents, Mr Blayney is also pleased that local businesses will be used to install the new infrastructure.

“Eight local sub-contractors will be involved in the first stage of the construction which will be good for Geraldton’s economy.

“This project will create local job opportunities and will support our local businesses.

“I’m glad this project has already begun and I look forward to its completion.”

Harro's Gaming Lounge


Harro's Gaming Lounge - a gaming lounge located in Geraldton where gamers can come and play PCs, Xbox1 and PS4 consoles, Virtual Reality, pool, air hockey and arcade machines.

Check out their facebook page  @harrosgaminglounge for latest events and tournaments.


Member for Geraldton welcomes speed limit removal


Findings from a recent review suggesting that the 80km/h speed reduction was no longer necessary at the Eneabba railway are welcomed by Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney MLA.

“Minister Saffioti has reassured me that the 110km/h speed limit at the three crossings on the Dongara -Eneabba railway will be reinstated after Main Roads conducted a review into the operations of the railway.

“This is an issue that I’ve been pursuing for some time so I’m glad that it’s now resolved”, said Mr Blayney. “I’ll be happy to see the 80km/h signs removed.

“I wrote to the Minister regarding the issue for the first time at the start of the year after constituents had expressed concerns regarding the reduction in speed limit to 80km/h at these locations.

Mr Blayney said that he agreed with constituents who felt that the speed reductions were unjustified considering the line hasn’t been operational for quite some time.

“If there are no trains, there is no danger and therefore no need for a speed reduction.

Having the 110km/h signs reinstated would also help to reduce the costs associated with replacing the signs when they were knocked down by angry motorists.

“Motorists were needlessly being booked for exceeding the limit at these crossings.

“This caused lots of motorists to become angry and in some cases led to motorists knocking these signs down.

Mr Blayney was advised back in January by Minister Saffioti that a review into the maintenance operations of this railway line, including the need for speed zoning, was being conducted and that the results of this report would be available later in the year.

“I followed up on this review with her a couple of months ago and she has advised that the 110km/h signs will be reinstated shortly.

“Thank you to the community for raising this issue with me.”

Extended trading hours survey circulates

Locals will soon be asked for their opinion about the future of extended trading hours in Geraldton as an online and phone survey circulates.

A 12-month trial of extended general retail trading hours was officially introduced in October last year after given the tick of approval by Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations Bill Johnston MLA.

Now with three months left in the trial, an independent survey is being conducted by consultants to measure the impact extended trading hours has had on the Geraldton community and local businesses.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn urged people to take the survey if they were called or emailed.

“A sample of our population will be targeted to take the survey via phone or via an online link and I urge those people to have their say as it will have a huge impact on our community,” he said.

“The City has contracted fully independent specialists to conduct the survey to ensure the results best reflect the opinions of our residents and business owners.

“We want to know what is best for our community and therefore we need people to have their say so we can implement the right outcome.”

The survey is currently underway and once the sample is complete a report will be compiled and sent to the Minister for the final decision on extended general retail trading hours in Geraldton.

Visitor Centre deck closed to repair vandalism

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise the decked area under the Morton Bay fig tree located beside the Geraldton Visitor Centre is closed until further notice to repair damage caused by vandals last night.

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.

Water pipe replacement on Foreshore

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise a section of leaking water pipe located on the Foreshore south of the Durlacher Street roundabout will be replaced with works commencing on Monday 16 July 2018 for one week.

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.

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Geraldton Grammar School Enrolments for Junior Kindy to Y12

Geraldton Grammar School is taking enrolments for Junior Kindy to Y12. 

We are a small school with a big heart but large enough to provide a huge array of opportunities supported by our dedicated, independently appointed and highly qualified teaching staff. We run more than 30 subjects and participate in 28 different sports, musical groups, clubs and societies.

Each year, our students eclipse state literacy, numeracy and tertiary qualification standards. Geraldton Grammar School was recognised as the top performing school in the MidWest in both the Primary and Secondary education sections of the NAPLAN assessments. In addition, we achieved the highest rankings in the Vocational Education and Training in Schools awards, and we regularly have over 70% of our year 12 cohort enter university. This is more than double other schools in our region. 

To experience the real warmth and personality of our School in person, please contact the School, so we are able to organise a personal tour with the Principal.

Call: 9965 7800 or Email: ggs@gegs.wa.edu.au

The good old days

Unfortunately I am now sounding like my father.

I came back from a short holiday and I found myself saying “I remember back in the old days

Diesel was only $1.35/litre not like now $1.60/litre .”

That is what I said, but in this case the old days were only 2 months ago.

What is going on with fuel prices, I am feeling ripped off and over taxed.

I am aware the federal government haul in over a Billion dollars in fuel tax each year.

There is a leak in there tax system because several large companies pay no fuel tax at all

and these companies use huge amounts of fuel.

So as far as I can calculate I pay roughly $1.00 /litre plus tax.

These large companies pay nothing near $1.00.

While on the subject of being over taxed here in WA there is GST on the fuel we buy (after the fuel levy)

36% of the GST collected is returned to the state government, if we received 100% we would not have a state debt

and better roads.

I digress, As a small service business we run 3 vehicles for sales and deliveries and a further 8 vehicles are run by our team of installers . Today I fuelled up one vehicle ,costing $140.00. for 90 litres of fuel. If I had the time I would make my own biodiesel

For a cost of 12cents a litre ,but I see something better on the horizon.

I have eagerly been watching the rise and rise of the Tesla company ,with their production of electric cars and I have

noted that Apple have been employing automotive and electrical engineers from all over the world .If they make an electric car I

hope there batteries are better than their phones.

Electric cars have been widely criticised by the people with the most to loose .

Oil companies ,conventional car companies ,major media have all been unfairly negative about electric vehicles.

I just realised Tesla spends no money with traditional media hence there negative view.

There is huge pent up demand to get away from 100 year old tech that, uses our resources and pollutes the air.

I eagerly await affordable electric vehicles that have a long range between charges and my fleet of oilers will be replaced.

My plan in part is solar panels on the roof feeding a flow battery then charging the electric cars.

Free electricity from the sun running cars that don’t need oil changes and oil filters.

Let’s see how long it is before this is a reality in regional Western Australia.



Aquarena leisure pool closed for maintenance

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise that the Aquarena will be closing its leisure pool for a period of eight weeks from Monday 16 July through to 9 September 2018 for scheduled maintenance.

The main pool and the hydrotherapy pool will remain open during this time.

Works include tile repairs, installation of new lane rope anchors and the cleaning of the over-head air duct. To ensure public safety during this time the leisure pool will be fenced off.

Customers are requested to obey all warning signs and directions from Aquarena staff during this time.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.

Roads reopened

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise the following roads have reopened to traffic.

  • Casuarinas Road
  • Erangy Springs Road

Members of the community are requested to exercise caution whilst driving on recently reopened roads.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.

Wreck at Dongara beach identified


Research by the Western Australian Museum into a recently discovered shipwreck at 7 Mile Beach in Dongara points to it being the Margaret Ann.

WA Museum Maritime Archaeology Curator Dr Ross Anderson said his work was greatly assisted by leads provided by the local community, after a call out for its help to identify the remains of the motorised wooden cray boat.

Chris Akerstrom contacted the Museum with information that the Margaret Ann LFB16, operated by her late husband Mick Akerstrom, sank at its moorings in the early 1960s and was never salvaged.

“A number of other leads were followed up, but from the available evidence the wreck is most likely the Margaret Ann,” Dr Anderson said.

“It was a 6.6-metre motorised, single-mast, carvel-planked wooden vessel, which matches the archaeological information the Museum had recorded.”

The area where the wreck was found is a haven for fishing boats as it is sheltered from prevailing southerly winds.

Dongara teacher Aletta Bussenschutt, who discovered the vessel at a depth of about three metres while snorkelling and reported the find to the WA Museum, said she is glad a name can be put to the wreck.

“It’s been a great response from the community – hearing old stories from past fishermen and their family members, current fishermen interested in local history have been raising questions, and Dongara District High School students are excited they personally know the finder and can’t wait to go snorkelling on a shipwreck!” Ms Bussenschutt said.

The WA Museum would like to thank everyone who provided information during this investigation.

“Throughout this process we also found out about three other vessels that were wrecked in the area – two of which there were no records of previously,” Dr Anderson said.

“It just goes to show how much valuable information is held by the community!”

Verified information is being added to the Museum’s shipwreck database and is helping document the evolution of the Mid West crayfishing trade.

July Savings!


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Central Regional TAFE announced as award finalists

Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) are finalists in this year’s WA Training Awards in two categories.

  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018

The Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC, Minister for Education and Training announced the organisational finalists yesterday and said that this year's finalists demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community.

“The WA Training Awards encourage continuous improvement, innovation and excellence in a sector that is critical to building the State's capacity” she said.

CRTAFE is the only regional TAFE amongst the three overall finalists in the WA Large Training Provider of the Year category.

The college is being recognised as a leader in industries such as maritime, agriculture, land management, community services, local government, mining and nursing. Also for continuing to place students, industry partners and strong links with community and Aboriginal people, at the forefront of activities.

There are also three overall finalists in the Industry Collaboration category. CRTAFE are finalists for being the training partners of the Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration Project (in Geraldton) to manage invasive aquatic species and restore key ecosystems on Australia's Coral Coast.

The project gives students real world experience while helping to protect WA's Abrolhos Islands. CRTAFE won the ‘On-ground Coastal Management Award’ for the project earlier this year at the WA Coastal Awards for Excellence.

CRTAFE Acting Managing Director Joanne Payne said it was fantastic to be recognised amongst such an outstanding group of training organisations.

“We are so proud to be finalists and to be recognised for the many achievements we have had over the last year” she said.

“Our staff work tirelessly to support and guide students through their vocational education journey and strive to establish innovative training programs that are beneficial for local industry” she said.

Ms Payne said the college was particularly excited to see the conversation project at the Abrolhos Islands recognised as it has been a significant collaborative effort for the TAFE and project partners, spanning across 4 years and involving over 600 community volunteers, students and stakeholders.

“Staff at our Batavia Coast Maritime Institute still oversee ongoing activities which have resulted from the project to ensure successful outcomes continue into the future” she said.

“We would like to congratulate all of the other finalists of this year’s awards for the great work they do in ensuring the continual improvement of the WA training sector” she said.

Award winners will be announced in September. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

Roads remain closed

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise the following roads remain closed to the general public.

  • Casuarinas Road
  • Erangy Springs Road

The City urges members of the community to adhere to road closures as unauthorised use results in extensive road damage.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.

National Redress Scheme begins in Durack

Member for Durack Melissa Price said survivors of child sexual abuse living in Durack should apply to the National Redress Scheme that launched on 1 July.

The National Redress Scheme was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Ms Price said the Scheme was established to provide counselling, an acknowledgement from the institution involved and a redress payment to people who were sexually abused in an institutional setting as children.

“To apply for redress, people will complete a form explaining what happened to them and how it has impacted them. You can do that on paper or online through myGov,” Ms Price said.

“Redress Support Services are available to help people understand the Scheme and complete their application, while free legal and financial support is also available.

“I encourage anyone in Durack who is a survivor of child sex abuse to apply for the Scheme.

“This is an important part of the healing process. Redress will acknowledge the hurt and the harm suffered by survivors, and ensure that institutions take responsibility for the abuse that occurred on their watch, by their people.”

For more information about the National Redress Scheme:

People who need immediate assistance can contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours)
  • 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732
  • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Street works in CBD

The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise damaged manhole and drain covers located on the corner of George Road and Durlacher Street will be replaced tonight, Tuesday 26 June 2018, with works starting from 7pm.

Traffic control will be in place but members of the community are requested to exercise caution and obey all warning signs and directions from authorised City personnel and contractors.

The City apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause.

If you have any queries please contact the City on (08) 9956 6600 or email council@cgg.wa.gov.au.