Come & Play at the Geraldton Grammar School Early Learning Centre

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Geraldton Grammar School offers kindergarten programs especially for 3 and 4 year old children with highly qualified, experienced early childhood teachers in a beautiful environment. With the facilities only a K-12 campus can offer, their kindergarten programs are exciting places of fun and learning!

Do you want to have a look at Geraldton Grammar School’s Early Learning Centre? Then join them at their next Come and Play morning on Wednesday 5 September. You will get to meet the staff and experience their facilities. It is at the Junior Kindy Room at 134 George Rd, 9am to 10:30am. Alternatively, you can arrange a tour of the campus by calling 9965 7800.


 

HMAS Sydney II Memorial maintenance works

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The City of Greater Geraldton wishes to advise it will be undertaking maintenance works on the Stele structure of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial with works scheduled to commence on Thursday 16 August 2018 for a period of approximately 10 days.

During this time, there will be no access to the Stele.

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.

Welcome to the ‘Glenview’

Enjoy outstanding sunsets over the Indian Ocean.  Imagine yourself wining and dining on your very own balcony as you watch the ships go by. 

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Beautifully finished with cedar ceilings to the entry.  Timber finished doors say a big ‘Welcome Home” in a way only timber can.  As you walk through the spacious hallway the Tasmanian Oak stairs hint this is not your normal four by two.

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Theatre room off to the right provides separation for relaxation or entertaining. Ocean views through the awning windows are a constant reminder  that one of Geraldton’s best beaches is only a few meters away.

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As you enter the main living area practical, spacious and stylish are the words that come to mind.  Q- Stone benchtops compliment the modern galley style kitchen. Plenty of storage for the family’s supplies in the walk in pantry and softened by Tasmanian Oak finished shelf fronts. 

An outside entertaining area that is protected from the summer southerly’s, provides alfresco dining at its best.  Close to the kitchen and sheltered from the wind and afternoon sun. Check out the beautifully laid midland bricks. Surely this home has it all.

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Four spacious bedrooms with fully shelved robes feature Tasmanian Oak window boards and shelf fronts, keeping the timber theme flowing throughout the home.

A practical, laundry with plenty of room for looking after the needs of the family that is lucky enough to call this home.

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The main bathroom enjoys a feature wall complimented with recessed shelf. Can you see yourself soaking away your worries in the extra depth bath, glancing around and noticing how the semi frameless shower screens compliment the openness of this room. 

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As you ascend the timber stairway you are greeted with three choices. Do you settle down in the retreat and enjoy the ocean view through the large feature window. Continue out onto the balcony and settle down to enjoy the sound of the waves lapping on the sun soaked beach. Absorbing the colours of the ocean and the spectacle of ospreys, that have made this beach there home.

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The upper floor main bedroom has it all. Beach front views through the two awning windows. Plenty of room to move as you enter the walk through robe, fitted out with the modern yet practical elite robe system. A cavity slider provides privacy to the massive ensuite.  Practical and stylish, there is so much room to move. Feature wall tiles and semi frameless shower screen compliment the massive shower. A wall hung vanity complimented with a massive mirror depicts the style found throughout this home. 

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Come and see the Glenview for yourself.  You will be impressed.

See our website www.tritonbuilding.com.au for opening hours.


 

The Ultimate MC Battle to hit Geraldton

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Get ready Geraldton, because the ultimate battle of MC's has arrived!

This award-winning sellout show “Comedians vs Rappers” is guaranteed to tickle your fancy - featuring a lineup of WA’s fastest, quick-witted rappers.

Come watch Fringe's best comedians take on the country's best battle rappers, in a war on words and laughs. Comics or Rappers? Who will win? Only time will tell...

“Comedians vs Rappers is essentially a game show filled with different rounds, points, and a DJ who has great timing with his soundboard,” Says Samantha Chemuduri from fringefeed.com.au

No rehearsals, no scripts, just 100% improvisation at it’s finest.

This uber-engaging show has 5 epic rounds packed with audience participation. One of everyone’s favourite rounds is called “Pick Up” which involves coming up with pick up lines for audience members.

The truly unmissable Comedians vs Rappers will take place at The Gerald on the 17th of August. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are now on sale at just $25 from eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/comedians-vs-rappers-tickets-48321794789

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35.

This event is 18+ and proudly presented by Euphorium Creative, formerly known as The Comedy Emporium.

"The best way to watch comedy, is in rap battle" ★★★★ The Music

Cameliers Guesthouse to close after 34 years

Cameliers Guesthouse, Geraldton’s longest serving low cost supported accommodation service will be forced to close its doors on the 30th August due to increased operational costs and revenue challenges that mean we can no longer provide the level of staffing that we need to provide a safe, secure and compliant service to residents and staff.

Fusion senior staff have spent many hours over the past few months meeting with politicians, council, key agencies and other stakeholders to try and secure the resources necessary to continue, but we are very sad to have come to this decision to close Cameliers Guesthouse after no long term sustainable solutions have been reached.

Fusion has been operating Cameliers Guesthouse since 1984, and since the day we began have relied on volunteers, the generosity of the community and partnerships with other local agencies to provide a level of support to the residents and clients that call Cameliers home.  For the 34 years of operation of Cameliers Guesthouse all of our senior management staff have operated at part paid and part volunteer capacity and this has continued right up until today.  In more recent years it has been increasingly difficult to secure the staff that we need and with ever increasing competition for shrinking government funding and more agencies in town the level of cooperation and support has dwindled.  

Increasing compliance regulations, changes to Fairwork Australia rules and increasing costs of wages, power and water have led to ever growing operational cost and requirements.  At the same time our client group have not seen any significant increases in their income, leaving us without a capacity to increase our revenue.  Neither have we been able to secure government funding beyond the small amount of funding we receive to provide a minimal number of crisis beds.  All of these things have contributed to us reaching the point where it is no longer financially or morally right for us to continue to operate Cameliers.

Fusion will continue to provide a cutting edge mental health accommodation service in Geraldton and will look for other opportunities to develop our support those in need in our community.  Over our 34 years in Geraldton, Fusion has built a positive reputation and a broad network of other agencies, caring groups and individuals and we will continue to work with these people and others to serve this community.  We will be working with a number of these partner agencies to assist the current residents at Cameliers Guesthouse to get the accommodation and support that they need.

For more information or interviews contact Alison Hilton on 0423 895 978

Save the date for Geraldton Grammar School’s Open Day

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Save the date for Geraldton Grammar School’s Open Day Thursday 9 August. 

Whether you currently have children going to Geraldton Grammar School, you are considering sending them there or you just want to see what Geraldton Grammar has to offer, this is the perfect opportunity to get more information, have a look around, and speak to the staff.

It starts at 6pm in the library to meet our Principal Neesha Flint followed by a video and presentation. Tours of the school can be arranged and you will have time to speak with staff and parents over cheese and wine. 
If you would like any more information please contact the school on 9965 7800 or email them at ggs@gegs.wa.edu.au

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Strathalbyn Christian College Invites Parents for a Play Date at Kindy

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Strathalbyn Christian College is throwing the Kindy doors open and inviting parents and children to visit, play and explore.

Strathalbyn Christian College provides a safe and supportive environment for young minds to grow. At the beginning of each new school year, Kindy students attend for half days only, which is ideal for parents and children, allowing them to gradually become more familiar with the school environment. They transition to full days after a few weeks. We are blessed at Strath to have two wonderful Early Childhood Teachers, Mrs Quenby Fabian and Mrs Brenda Pattenden, who really enjoy teaching young students in a play-based environment.

Play based learning capitalises on children’s natural sense of inquiry and discovery through hands-on exploration of the world around them. Our Teachers embed elements of teaching and learning within the play experiences that children are interested in and naturally drawn to – and therefore more likely to stay engaged with.

With limited places at Strath for 2019 and 2020, we would encourage parents with young children under 4 years of age to consider coming along to see what Strath has to offer.

There are three separate Open Days providing different opportunities for families to attend. The first session will be held on Monday 30th July at 11am - 1pm. Refreshments will be provided however we encourage parents to bring a picnic lunch for their children. RSVP is essential for the Open Days. Please email the College admin@scc.wa.edu.au or phone 9938 9100.

Additional Open Days will be held on Monday 27 August and Monday 17 September from 11am - 1pm.

Create, Share and Imagine at Strath.


 

Talented youths make chocolate factory even sweeter…

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Let Creative Works Youth Theatre take you on an enchanting journey of adventure and delicious treats as Willy Wonka himself launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire!

Creative Works Youth Theatre is a fantastic community-based theatre here in Geraldton, putting on the well-known timeless classic, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. More importantly, it will be performed by our very creative and talented local children right here at Queens Park Theatre.

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This family performance of Roald Dahl's beloved tale is suitable for all ages, and is approximately 2 hours with one interval.

So please fill your pockets with sweets and join us in a world of pure imagination...

There will be two spectacularly tasty shows on Saturday the 25th of August 2018 at 2pm and at 7pm.

Tickets are $12 for under 18-year-olds and $18 for an adult, and can be purchased from: https://au.patronbase.com/_QPTheatre/Productions/18CF/Performances

Why not treat yourself and buy a ticket… because let’s face it, muffin compares to Willy Wonk

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

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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

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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

 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-sexuality-and-relationship-education-tickets-46926612762

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Cheers

Limitless.