West reflects on election result

Member for Agricultural Region Darren West says he’s looking forward to “getting on with the job” of delivering for Geraldton and the Mid West after WA Labor’s stunning election win last month.

Mr West, who was returned at the recent poll said he is determined to get Geraldton moving again and thanked the Geraldton electorate and the wider Agricultural region for their support. .

“Being elected is humbling and I thank the electorate for their faith in us and the opportunity to get things done in the region,” he said.

“WA Labor made some sound commitments to the community before the election and our focus will be on making these projects a reality.

“WA Labor will also retain Royalties for Regions fund but will spend the money more wisely and more fairly with a focus on regional roads and regional jobs and will continue the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card at $575 per year.”

Mr West said his office will remain at 84 Marine Terrace in Geraldton.

“I am not moving out and the door is always open.”

Also elected representing Labor in the Agricultural Region is former City of Greater Geraldton Councillor, Laurie Graham, who will be sworn in to the Parliament on May 21.

Mr West said that he is delighted to get the opportunity to work with Laurie to represent the people of the Agricultural Region, which extends from Kalbarri to Esperance.

“Our differing skill set means that we will complement each other well in the community.”

Mr West also paid tribute to WA Labor Candidate for Geraldton Lara Dalton, who he described as “a breath of fresh air” and the clear choice of the community on March 11.

“The community clearly wanted Lara as their representative in Parliament but sadly the Nationals and One Nation preferences went against her and handed the Liberals the seat.

“While we are very disappointed that Lara was not successful, I remain hopeful that she will contest Geraldton again in 2021 - Geraldton needs her positive approach and willingness to get things done.”

Mr West was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Alannah MacTiernan and will assist with the portfolios of Agriculture and Food, Regional Development, State Development, Trade and Jobs.

Pollinators GeroSoup AGM

GeroSoup is an innovative event that crowdfunds support for local innovations and ideas. On the night there will be 3-5 ventures ‘pitched’. Every person in the room not only hears about great ideas but can also invest through committing $$ to each of these exciting new ventures.

The meal, venue and event is free thanks to our partners, while the $20 you bring is yours to allocate to your favourite venture pitch.

Got a great idea? We want to know about it.
Pollinators is currently looking for enthusiastic individuals/groups to pitch their ideas on the night.

This is a great opportunity to pitch about anything you like! Increase awareness of your venture while earning some extra money to support it.

For more information or to pitch your venture, please email: buzz@pollinators.org.au

We look forward to seeing you there!


Win a Boat at the Geraldton Boat Show!

You can win a Stabicraft 1410 Frontier at the 2017 Club Marine Geraldton Boat, Caravan and Camping Show.

The 1410 Frontier is built to fish! Featuring a fully welded flat floor with no trip hazards and a compact but usable center console, the 1410 Frontier has the room for up to four fishermen. With its shallow draft and fantastic stability, the 1410 Frontier is a popular hull for in-shore and lake fishermen, as well as having typical Stabicraft capability in open water.

Thanks to Mandurah Motor Marine and Midwest Marine, one lucky person will take home a brand new boat and trailer package valued at $32,000!

To be in the draw, you need to be at the 2017 Club Marine Geraldton Boat, Caravan and Camping Show on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April at GBSC Sports Park. Enter your details on the iPads and you could be taking home this amazing prize! 
(Terms and Conditions apply. Check the website www.geraldtonboatshow.com.au for details).


Separation Point

Everybody loves a pretty sunset but often we don't make the effort to actually go see it.

As we live on the edge of the sea, I would highly recommend checking it out at this gorgeous spot just five minutes out of the city centre. It’s called Separation Point and you can view the ocean for miles as well as the outline of the city too.

Pop out for dinner at the picnic table provided, a walk along the beach, or just to see the sun disappearing over the horizon.

Just remember to bring your camera! It’s a serene spot and I would totally recommend checking it out.


Take a Sunday drive down to Walkaway for a change of scenery and some good times.

Just half an hour out of town, Walkaway offers some beautiful landscapes to get your camera ready for. With rolling hills and expansive farmland, it’s stunning to see with the long roads stretching through. Oh and cows and sheep too!

Once you’re there, check out the Walkaway Railway Museum to see some gems from the old train station, including an old style train engine! There’s green grass, a picnic table and toilets so you can bring a picnic lunch too.

Remember sun safety though as it can get pretty hot on warmer days. About 7 km’s out is the Mumbida Wind Farm which is worth checking out too, especially if you have kids. It’s amazing to get up close and see the Wind Turbines and see how far they stretch across the land.

Youth Precinct

Come on down and check out the Youth Precinct on Foreshore Drive near Sail Inn.

It’s an awesome place for some fun in the sun with your friends and family; don’t forget sun safety and bring along sunscreen and a hat!

It’s got something for everyone with an awesome climbing structure both littlies and even older people like me enjoy.

There’s a great ‘Rage Cage’ where you can play almost every kind of ball game; there’s ping pong, football and musical games too. There’s disabled friendly equipment too.

It’s close to town for takeaway, next to the beach to cool off in the relaxed waves, and there’s some great walking opportunities if you follow the path left or right.

The amphitheatre on the grassed area is a wonderful opportunity for local events such as the ‘Sunday Sessions’ that are currently on and will continue until April. With live music and food trucks and a fantastic local event that would love your support and is great fun!

So come on down and see what’s there for you.

HMAS Sydney II Memorial

The memorial is a hotspot for tourists all year ‘round but is one of my favourite places as a local too. People tend to fall into a routine, I myself and prone to the mundane jaws of daily life too, but I encourage all you Geraldtonites to take a break and check out this golden spot.

Look out over the bustling streets during the day, or take a stroll at night to see the twinkling city lights; but remember to take a jacket because the winds are stronger up here.

There’s plenty of lovely green grass and a picnic bench, so bring along the family for some food and games as well.

Take a moment to remember the 645 bravemen that sacrificed their lives in November, 1941. Think of their families that were left behind with no closure, constantly looking out to sea for those who were lost.


7 innovative uses of the Geraldton wind which will blow you away

This article was written by a local student as part of the Young Voices initiative.

‘The Geraldton Wind’, a title in itself really. It’s something we have all experienced, through good and bad, through thick and thin. It’s a feature of Geraldton, an aspect. We all resent it, hate it, try to avoid it, but have to live around it. A day forecasted without wind is a rare occasion, a day of beauty. However, more often than not, it always comes back to haunt us.

We have all experienced the devastating wrath of the wind. However, it isn’t always a bad thing. There are times where the wind has made some unforgettable, often humorous memories. There have been times where the wind has worked out for the better. As a matter of fact, there are ways we can utilise the wind to our advantage. Here’s a list of a few ways we, as Gero locals, have been able to accomplish this.


1.  Drying Clothes Quickly

In its simplest form, hanging clothes up to dry is a common chore that many of us have to do on a daily basis. It takes just under an hour for a full wash of clothes, ten to fifteen minutes of pegging, then hours on end waiting for them to dry… I take that back. Twenty minutes to dry. The Geraldton wind dries everything and anything in absolute record time. Got no shirt and work in an hour? No worries, put it through a quick wash and hang them up. It’ll be done in no time. Got an art assignment due that morning? No worries, just dry it outside. To be honest, you probably don’t even need to take a towel to the beach.


2. Flying a.k.a. Kitesurfing

With the warmth, wind and beautiful beaches, Geraldton is highly regarded as an ideal spot for Kitesurfing and Windsurfing. If you’re willing to give it a shot, which I highly suggest you do, KiteWest in Geraldton can sort you out…

“Experience the thrill of kiteboarding with one of our internationally accredited trainers or take on everything the majestic coastline from Geraldton to Exmouth has to offer with one of our customized 4WD and camping tours.

Our qualified instructors can offer you individual or group lessons from beginner to advanced level. We provide top of the range equipment, as safety is our main concern.”



3. Intense Exercise/Workout

If you feel like shaping up for summer, or any particular occasion where your belly button is showing, I have the number one workout for you. Hop on your bicycle and go for a ride.

Whether you’re going to the beach, town, a mate’s house, whatever. I can assure you that you will have head-wind all the way there and all the way back. The wind knows which way you’re thinking of cycling, and it changes its path to make your life unbearable.

Use this to your advantage. Power through, work hard, and before you know it. You’ll have a cracker of a six pack under your shirt rather than under your arms.


4. Watering Your Neighbour’s Garden

We have all experienced a time where we have just bought a brand new sprinkler for our backyard, hosed it up and turned it on. Only to find out that half of it goes over the fence or across the street to the neighbour’s garden. This is once again the great work of the Geraldton wind. At first it’s frustrating, until you realise that there’s a much deeper meaning. A meaning that dates back to our school days, “Sharing is caring.”

Not to worry though, there will be days where your prized lawn will receive half of the neighbourhood's water supply in return.


5. Playing Frisbee, with Yourself

Growing up as an only child, I found that I was in a constant search of ways to entertain myself.

Most people who have thrown a frisbee before know that to throw a frisbee straight, you need to throw it flat. In Geraldton as a kid, I found this never works. The wind picks up the frisbee and sends it on a violently unpredictable pathway, often in the same way the wind is blowing. So I, being the triumphant little boy I was, decided to try to throw against the wind. The idea of attempting to ‘beat the wind’ was short lived as I found that the frisbeeactually ended up behind me. Though, I will admit that it was incredibly fun launching the frisbee into the wind and trying to anticipate its violent descent.


6. Reaching the Speed Limit on a Moped

This one is for all those 16 year old racers at heart with their new leather jacket, matte black helmet, gloves and a pathetically powered moped. These little machines are often used as a cheap means of transport. Fuel costs nothing, it lasts forever and can be legally ridden at the age of 16 and a half. However, the little lawnmower engine inside only has a top speed of around 80km/h and struggles to accelerate up to most of the speed limits around town. Unless, of course, the wind is pushing you. That’s right, if you’ve got a tailwind, your little pullback hot-wheel turns into a fully fledged Supermoto.


7. Using the Wind as an Excuse on Your Speed Ticket

Although this is considered to be a legitimate excuse by many, Geraldton Police didn’t accept “The wind was pushing me” on this driver’s ticket. However, if you’re willing to give it a shot, there’s nothing stopping you.


I’m sure that this isn’t all the things the wind is good for in Geraldton, if you have an idea, share it with us on our Facebook page!

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$8000 Amazon Gifts For Pollinators Coworkers!

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