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NEWMANS COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER


August 2016, Issue 167

NAIDOC
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander
Day Observance Committee) Week helps
celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander history, culture and achievements,
and recognise their contributions to our
community.
Many organisations, sporting groups,
schools and, especially, the Shire of East
Pilbara held educational, celebratory and
fun activities including an Elders morning
tea at the EPIS Centre, a disco at the Youth
Centre, Indigenous story time and craft at
the newly refurbished library, screening of
the movie Putuparri and the Rainmakers,
sports, music, food and more.
There were numerous volunteers and
sponsors for the various events which
enabled hundred to be involved with many
of the activities.
Left column: Christine and Mel Nelson with
Bianca Turvey from Raising Hope (top); Pip
Parsonson from the Shire at closing event; Hand
prints which will be displayed at the library
Right column: Story time and craft at the library
(top); Judith Samson and May Brooks at the
opening ceremony; Phyllis Lockyer and children
after the ochre run
Photos provided by the Shire of East Pilbara

Say Cheese! Pioneers Annual Cheese and Wine Event


By Danielle Airton

June 4th saw the Pioneers Football Club host


170 people from the Newman community
at their annual wine and cheese night. The
events casino theme was a hit, with ladies
and gents alike dressed up to the 9s in
suits and stilettos, trying their luck in poker,
roulette and the most popular game of the
night, two-up.
The wonderful wine selection, delicious
cheese platters and laughs flowed well past
midnight as the fantastic atmosphere and
party spirit took over the night.

This event is the Pioneers biggest social


event of the year and provides the club
with a valuable fundraising opportunity.
Being a not for profit association, events
like these help to sustain the operation of
the club by investing the proceeds towards
things such as general maintenance, buying
merchandise, and purchasing well needed
equipment.
The club also generously donated part
of their proceeds, a whopping $1000 to
Breast Cancer Research Australia.

Organising an event of this size is a


mammoth task to undertake and would
not have been possible without the
outstanding efforts of Marie Matthews
(Event co-ordinator), Liam Franklyn (Poker
and Two-up organiser), and Bec Avery
(Caterer).
A special thanks to the following
organisations that furthered the events
success by generously donating door prizes
which were won by some lucky punters Woolworths, Cellarbrations, Beauty on
Hilditch, Bliss Beauty, Newman Visitor
Centre, ARB and PartyLite.

Newman News, your independent


local community newspaper, would
be delighted to hear from you. Please
send us your stories, photos, events,
birth notices and the like. Published
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via Newman Mainstreet Projects
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Newmans Hospital

As announced in a press release in May


2016 regarding the State budget for 20162017, $49.7 million has been allocated
through the Royalties for Regions scheme
towards the Newman Health Service
Redevelopment Project. On 20 July,
BHP Billiton announced their generous
contribution of $10 million towards the
redevelopment of the hospital, helping to
deliver improved health services for the
Newman community. Construction is to
commence in late 2017.

be received before 31 August 2016. Have


your say via email, online survey, written
submission to the Shire admin offices, or by
attending informal information meetings
to be held in Newman, Marble Bar and
Nullagine. Full copies of the strategy
can be found at the Shire administration
offices, the library, and the Department
of Planning in Perth, as well as online at
www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au. For more
information, please contact the Shires
Manager Development Services-Planning,
Roy Winslow on 9175 8000.

Call to Participate in Fusion Festival

Emergency Services at Airport

The Fusion Festival, between 23 and 25


September this year, is a combination
of many performances and activities
over several locations in Newman. The
community is invited to put forward
expressions of interest for providing
workshops, entertainment, stalls, or
food. For enquiries and submission
forms please contact 9175 8000 or
ce@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au

The Shire of East Pilbara will be hosting its


biennial emergency exercise at Newman
Airport on 24 September and seeks up
to 150 volunteers to make the exercise
as realistic as possible. The emergency
scenario will remain undisclosed to ensure
realistic simulation. To voluntarily act
as a passenger, visitor or tourist, please
contact George Christianson, Manager
Airport Compliance on 9177 8964 or
mca@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au.

Comment on Shire Planning


Strategy

BHP Community Grants

The Shire of East Pilbara is inviting


residents to comment on a new Local
Planning Strategy for the future direction
of construction, growth, and development
over the next 10 to 15 years. Input is to

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BHP Billiton is again offering local


organisations the opportunity to upgrade
their facilities, purchase new equipment,
or expand the services they offer to our
community. Groups can apply for up
to $20,000 which could provide great
assistance for the many wonderful
community, sporting and recreation
groups, and community events in
Newman. For further details, organisations
are encouraged to call 9175 3502 or
newmancommunity@bhpbilliton.com

Rec Centre Now Open 24/7

Members of the Newman Recreation


Centre can now exercise at whatever
hours suit their schedule or motivation.
Increased CCTV coverage and installation
of duress alarms help make this possible.
To have access to the gym out of hours,
members must have had their induction,
a blood pressure assessment and sought
advice regarding safety measures and
procedures. Staff is available from 8am to
8pm on Monday to Friday and 8am to 12
noon on Saturdays. For those new to town,
the rec. centre is on the corner of Gregory
Avenue and Fortescue Avenue. 9177 8075
and csorec@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au

Newman Day Care is


Turning 30

By Kylie Bergman, Vice President of Newman


Day Care Centre, NDCC

The Newman Day Care Centre opened


in 1986, and operates as a not-for-profit
centre offering long day care services to
children from eight weeks to six years.
The centre is managed by the parents and
community in the form of a Committee.
Its objectives are to recognise the
uniqueness of each child and value
their strengths, abilities and emerging
interests which are crucial to providing an
environment that will optimise childrens
learning. They encourage children to
actively participate in their own learning
through play.
Newman Day Care Centre is celebrating a
special anniversary this year. They turn 30!
To celebrate this momentous occasion,
they will be holding an open day on
Saturday 20 August (Fortescue Festival
weekend) between 9 am and 12 pm. The
entire community is welcome to attend.
There will be food and drinks as well as lots
of fun activities for the children including
a bouncy castle, face painting and craft
activities. Forms will be available for those
interested in enrolling their children.

Playgroup
By Rebecca Connolly

Newmans Playgroup has been a recipient


of aroud $20,000 as part of the BHP Billiton
Community Grants Program.
This has enabled them to help offer
greater equipment and sensory learning
opportunities for young children in
our community. This included the final
installation of sensory boards on the
centres walls.
Newman Playgroup invites new families
with children aged zero to four years old to
enjoy their first session for free.
The children are enjoying the new
equipment which has made a huge impact
on the functionality of the playgroup space.
A specialised area has also been developed
for babies to play and large interchangeable
zones for toddlers. There is also a mums
lounge area and a breast feeding chair.

All the families utilising playgroup would


like to thank BHP Billiton for their grant
supporting the refurbishment project
along with all of the volunteers who
donated their time and energy. A special
acknowledgement to Playgroup WA under
whose auspices this project occurred.
Session times for families with children 0-4
years old occur weekly:
Monday: 9-11 am
Tuesday: 10 am -12 noon
Wednesday: 9-11 am
Friday: 9.30-11.30 am
Saturday: 10-12 noon
All are welcome to the Playgroup space
on the corner of Hilditch Avenue and
Moondorrow Street.
Early interactions and play at Playgroup
Photographs by Rebecca Connolly

NDCC looks forward to seeing many new


and old faces and showing off the beautiful
centre of which they are all so proud.

Pet Emergencies in Newman: Part 1


Dr Lucy van der Weide BScBVMS

There are many new, friendly faces in


Newman. This article delves into what to do
if your pet is struck with illness or is facing
an emergency outside of the Newman
Veterinary Hospitals normal opening hours
which are 8.30 am to 5 pm from Monday
to Friday.
In Newman (unlike many regional Australian
towns), we are fortunate to offer a 24-hour
emergency service for your pets. Our staff
are really experienced and highly trained
in dealing with pet emergencies and our
hospital is equipped with in-house digital
x-ray and diagnostic blood test machines to
give us results within minutes.
The most important thing to remember
is not to panic. Help is normally and,
literally, just around the corner. We always
recommend phoning the Newman Vet
Hospital first, even if you know we are
closed as this will direct you to the after-

hours contact number. Follow the prompts


and leave a brief message. You will be
contacted back as soon as possible. Please
allow 15-20 minutes for a return phone call,
as there are many times I may be dealing
with another pet emergency, driving, at
the supermarket checkout, or even having
a shower!
Being the only on-call vet for a very
large area can be really strenuous. Last
month, the Newman Veterinary Hospital
experienced emergency afterhours every
single day! Stay tuned for next months
article which will provide you with tips to
help prevent emergency call outs and help
me keep my sanity.
Common emergencies or illnesses we see
out of hours in Newman include:
Gastroenteritis causing vomiting and
diarrhoea, inappetence, trembling and
lethargy

Pancreatitis (feeding your pet fatty


leftovers, especially after a BBQ)
Ingestion of poisons for example ratbait, human pain-relief, chocolate etc.
Motor vehicle accidents or other
traumas like being cut on a fence in the
backyard
Dog or dingo attacks (or for our feline
friends cat fight abscesses)
Parvovirus in puppies and dogs not upto-date with their vaccines
Uterus infections in middle aged female
dogs that are not desexed
Snake bites and allergic reactions to
insect bites
Blocked cats (blockage of the male cat
urethra, so they cannot urinate)
Other examples: eye scratches,
collapse, seizures, heat-stroke
Remember do not panic. Help is never far
away!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AUGUST 2016


4 August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (NATSI) Childrens Day, an all
inclusive, free, fun-filled community event with food, arts, music and other
cultural activities for ALL children and their families, 09:30-12:30 at Boomerang
Oval

9 August

Australian Bureau of Statistics Census night

9 August

UN International Day of the World's Indigenous People

12 August

Welcome Back to Newman Reunion drinks for visiting past residents of Newman at the Newman Hotel from 18:00,
please contact Lisa Rickert at lisaglitta@gmail.com or text 0477 176 664 alternatively join the Facebook group
newmanreunions6753

12 August

UN International Youth Day is an opportunity to celebrate the creative force and the innovative impetus that young
people bring to our community. The Newman Youth Centre is a great meeting place with a range of activities for
young people aged 10-17 years, for more information call 9175 1963 or email cys@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au

13 August

NAIDOC Netball Juniors Carnival for teams under 12s, under 14s, and under 17s, 10:00-17:00
newmannetballassociation@hotmail.com


13 August

Back to Newman Reunion event including tours and sporting events plus more throughout August, for full details
including times, prices and locations please contact Lisa Rickert at lisaglitta@gmail.com or text 0477 176 664
alternatively join the Facebook group newmanreunions6753
All mine tours need to be booked through Newman Visitor Centre. Call Barbara and her friendly team on 9175 2888

13 August

Councillors for the Shire of East Pilbara meet and greet at the Boulevarde Shopping Centre between 10:00-12:00

13 August

Newman National Football League (NNFL) Grand Final at Capricorn Oval from 18:00, Emma Chapman 0417 089 474

14 August

Back to Newman Reunion lunch at Newman Golf Club Whole Foods Caf followed by dinner and drinks at Capricorn
Bar and Grill, lisaglitta@gmail.com or text 0477 176 664

18 August

Vietnam Veterans (Long Tan) Day at 17:00, commemorative service and laying of wreath at the RSL Memorial (Shire
gardens, corner of Newman and Kalgan Drive)

18 August

Back to Newman Reunion Blessing of the Graves at Newman Cemetery 10:00; lunch at Newman Golf Club Whole
Foods Caf from 11:00, and Scroungers Bowls sausage sizzle with a $5 entry fee and registration from 18:30, contact
Simo on 0407 190 706

19 August

Back to Newman Reunions catch up at the Newman Visitor Centre, Martumili Gallery art and culture, with
Ranger presentation also Remembering Dr Eckhart, for full details including times and locations please contact
lisaglitta@gmail.com or text 0477 176 664, alternatively, join the Facebook group newmanreunions6753

19 August

The Newman Lion Clubs Fortescue Festival ball at the recreation centre, tickets $80 including a tapas menu with the
live band Ragdoll entertaining, the theme is Rockabilly, for details please call Angel Rawlinson on 0418 888 166

19 August

Back to Newman Reunion celebrations at the Newman Club from 14:30 with the main event from 17:00, live music
in the beer garden, buffet ($25-$30 payable on the evening price is dependent on numbers), DJ Viv from 20:30,
lisaglitta@gmail.com or text 0477 176 664

20 August

Newman Day Care Centres 30th anniversary, 9:00-12:00, everyone welcome including past and present children and
families, contact the centre on 9175 1991

20 August

Jet Sprint Clubs speed boat races, 12:00-17:00, $10 spectator entry and a gold coin for children, Dwayne Ehrenreich
on 0438 740 793

21 August

Fortescue Festival presented by the Newman Lions Club - a full day of activities beginning at 09:30 with the Festival
Float Parade and concluding at 22:00, Anthony Middleton on 0405 666 482

22 August

Newman Turf Club presents the 2016 BHP Billiton Newman Cup, gates open at midday, first race at 1 pm,
childrens entertainment, live DJ, bookies and tote, food and beverages. Adults $25, children and pensioners $ 10,
pre-sale tickets $20, enquiries 0418 938 941

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING SOON
3 September

Councillors for the Shire of East Pilbara meet and greet at the Boulevarde Shopping Centre between 10:00-12:00

10-11 September Swim Instructors course Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, $378. For more information about the course and
employment contact pool@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au or 9175 2145
12 September

Swim Instructors course Infant and Preschool Aquatics (INF), $275. For more information about the course and
employment contact pool@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au or 9175 2145

17-18 September Pool Life Guard course at the Newman Aquatic Centre between 09:00-17:00 each day. Cost $260 includes pool
entry and learning resources, payment must be made by 1st September. Qualified life guards needing to requalify
come on 18 September for $135. For more information about the course and summer employment contact
pool@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au or 9175 2145
24 September

Emergency Services exercise at Newman airport

23-25 September Outback Fusion Festival


8 October

Councillors for the Shire of East Pilbara meet and greet at the Boulevarde Shopping Centre between 10:00-12:00

22 October

Bloody Slow Cup rugby match with memorial service in the morning

11 November

Remembrance Day at 11:00 commemorative service and laying of


wreath at the RSL Memorial, corner of Newman and Kalgan Drive

Holiday Program
EPIC (Empowering People in Communities
Inc) held a full and inclusive school holiday
program that attracted 205 children.
EPICs Community Program Administrator,
Maria, coordinated these holiday sessions
which resulted in lots of laughter and
many smiling faces. Activities offered were
futsal, drama classes, disco, hip hop and
contemporary dance classes, a wildlife
carers talk, along with a potting and
planting session.

Also offered during the winter school


holidays were fabulous craft sessions and
a disco at The Beach Indoor Play Centre,
and activities in the crche at the Newman
Neighbourhood Centre.
The Newman Dance Company held a disco
for their students as a way of launching
their classes in their new venue.
Children having fun planting at the Martu Farm
Right top and middle photos by Daz Hamilton
Below and right-bottom photos by Maria
Cournane

Thanks to all those who supported this


program by either facilitating a session,
donating, or volunteering your time.
Shire of East Pilbara
Newman Dance Company
Theatre Arts Australia
YMCA
Woolworths
Greening Australia at the Martu Farm
Leah Simper and Taryn Melhuish
from Outback Native Animal and
Rehabilitators and Carers (ONARC)
And all the volunteers who
participated, our community is a
better place because of you.
Disclaimer of Liability: Newman Mainstreet Project undertakes to ensure that accurate information is disseminated through its community newspaper, Newman
News. Every care is taken to ensure accuracy and we will publish any corrections that are brought to our notice. However, Newman Mainstreet Project makes no
warranty, guarantee or promise expressed or implied concerning the content or accuracy of the information provided by this service. Newman Mainstreet Project
accepts no liability for any loss or damage a person may suffer because that person has directly or indirectly relied on any information presented in this publication. The
views expressed in the Newman News are not necessarily those of the editor or the Newman Mainstreet Project Coordinator or Committee.

Monday





WHATS ON? REGULAR ACTIVITIES


08:30
08:30
09:00
09:30
17:30
19:00
19:30

The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 12.30pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, Boogie Roos also available from 9:30 am
Time Out session with crche until 11:30am, Newman Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516
Newman Playgroup until 11:00 for 0-4 y.o., Moondoorow Street, newmanplaygroup@hotmail.com or 0407 450 491
Newman Library open until 17:00, Kalgan Drive, 9177 9600, newman.library@pilbara.wa.edu.au
Newman Girl Guides 5-7 y.o., Newman Youth Centre, 0417 178 624, newmangirlguides@gmail.com
Jiu Jitsu, Newman Club, for other times and age groups contact Adam 0408 097 792, Dionne 0409 116 541
Anglican Church bible study, location to be advised, 0499 778 116

Tuesday
08:30

08:30

09:30

10:00

17:30

19:00

19:30


19:30

The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 12.30pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, opposite Police Station
Time Out with crche, Newman Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516, neighbourhood@benet.net.au
Newman Library open until 17:00, Kalgan Drive, 9177 9600, newman.library@pilbara.wa.edu.au
Newman Playgroup until 12 noon for 0-4 y.o., Moondoorow Street, newmanplaygroup@hotmail.com or 0407 450 491
Newman Girl Guides 7-18 y.o., Newman Youth Centre, 0417 178 624, newmangirlguides@gmail.com
Jiu Jitsu, Newman Club, for other times and age groups contact Adam 0408 097 792, Dionne 0409 116 541
Study the Bible with Jehovahs Witnesses, Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, Les Tutt Drive off Kurra Street, jw.org
Christian Minister John Wolak on 0412 991 551
Newman Lions Club, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, Lions Park on Corwa Drive, Jessica Mclean-Middleton on 0415 699 991

Wednesday








08:30
08:30
09:00
09:30
14:30
17:00
18:30
18:30
19:00
19:00

The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 12.30pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, opposite Police Station
Time Out with crche, Newman Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516, neighbourhood@benet.net.au
Newman Playgroup until 11:00 for 0-4 y.o., Moondoorow Street, newmanplaygroup@hotmail.com or 0407 450 491
Newman Library open until 17:00, Kalgan Drive,9177 9600, newman.library@pilbara.wa.edu.au
The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 5:00pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, opposite Police Station
Newman Community Baptist Churchs Teens Adopt a Nation until 18:00, Welsh Drive Youth Centre
Newman Scouts 10-14 y.o., Newman Youth Centre, 0417 178 624, gl.newman@scoutswa.com.au
Casual Futsal, enquire regarding charges, Newman Rec Centre, 9177 8075
Corporate bowls new players welcome, Newman Club, Nick 0419 192 691, Adelle 0418 860 364
Womens Darts, Newman Club

Thursday








08:20
08:30
08:30
09:30
09:30
15:30
16:30
18:00
19:00
19:30

Anglican Church Young mums bible study, location to be advised, 0499 778 116
The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 12.30pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, Boogie Roos also available from 9:30 am
Time Out with crche, Newman Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516, neighbourhood@benet.net.au
Newman Library open until 19:00, Kalgan Drive,9177 9600, newman.library@pilbara.wa.edu.au
Gumnuts story and nursery rhyme time 0-2 y.o., parent facilitated, free, Newman Library
Kids basketball drills and skills, 8-16 y.o., must pre-register, Newman Rec Centre, 9177 8075
Newman Joey Scouts until 17:30, Newman Youth Centre, 0417 178 624, gl.newman@scoutswa.com.au
Newman Cub Scouts until 19:30, Newman Youth Centre, 0417 178 624, gl.newman@scoutswa.com.au
Mens Darts, Newman Club
Music practice, Anglican Church, 11 Hilditch Avenue, 9175 1350

Friday




08:30
09:30
09:30
10:00
18:30
19:00

19:00

The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 12.30pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, opposite Police Station
Newman Library open until 17:00, Kalgan Drive,9177 9600, newman.library@pilbara.wa.edu.au
Newman Playgroup until 11:30 for 0-4 y.o., Moondoorow Street, newmanplaygroup@hotmail.com or 0407 450 491
Story time and craft for 2-5 y.o. during school terms, parents to supervise, free, Newman Library
Casual Futsal, enquire regarding charges, Newman Rec Centre, 9177 8075
Twilight session, bring a project of your own to start or complete, Newman Neighbourhood Centre,
2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516, neighbourhood@benet.net.au
Jiu Jitsu, Newman Club, for other times and age groups contact Adam 0408 097 792, Dionne 0409 116 541

09:00
10:00
18:30

19:00

Newman Library open until 12:00, Kalgan Drive, 9177 9600, newman.library@pilbara.wa.edu.au
Newman Playgroup until 12 noon for 0-4 y.o., Moondoorow Street, newmanplaygroup@hotmail.com or 0407 450 491
Mass / Eucharist Celebration 1st and 2nd weekend of the month, St Josephs Catholic Church, Warman Avenue,
9175 2344, Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion 3rd and 4th weekend, every 5th by rotation
Twilight session, bring a project of your own to start or complete, Newman Neighbourhood Centre,
2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516, neighbourhood@benet.net.au

08:30


09:00


09:30

09:30

10:00


13:00

13:30


16:00

Mass / Eucharist Celebration 1st and 2nd weekend of the month, St Josephs Catholic Church, Warman Avenue,
9175 2344, Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion 3rd and 4th weekend, every 5th by rotation
Worship, Vibrant evangelical, holding to biblical teaching, Anglican Church, 11 Hilditch Ave, 9175 1350
Including bubs and tots ministry and Sunday school
Newman Community Baptist Church Worship, Praise and Kids Church, Welsh Drive
Newman Community Baptist Churchs Teen Church, Welsh Drive
Study the Bible with Jehovahs Witnesses, Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, Les Tutt Drive off Kurra Street, jw.org,
Christian Minister John Wolak on 0412 991 551
The Beach Indoor Play Centre open to 4pm, 9177 8290, Mindarra Drive, opposite Police Station
Freestyle craft, art, sewing, quilting etc. session until 16:30, Newman Neighbourhood Centre,
2 Mackay Street, 9175 1516, neighbourhood@benet.net.au
Sunday Scroungers bowls new players welcome, $5 per player, bowls provided, Newman Club,
Nick 0419 192 691, Adelle 0418 860 364


Saturday



Sunday

Martu Share Stories


and Learn About Bilby
By Zan King, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ)

Twelve Martu women, KJ staff member


Tracy Carboon, and Dr Anja Skroblin
travelled over 500 km to attend the threeday Bilby festival in Kiwirrkurra. This festival
was the first of its kind in Australia. Over
120 Indigenous rangers from more than
20 different ranger groups, scientists
and government representatives came
together to:
share ideas and experiences on working
with bilbies;
celebrate the cultural significance of
the bilby; and to
hear about the latest scientific research
for bilby and the threats.
For most of the women, it was the first
time attending such an event. They gave
a presentation on what work KJ has done
to look after the bilby and participated in a
number of discussion groups.
It was a great opportunity to share stories
of what the Martu rangers have done and a
chance for the younger women to practice
their public speaking. Some of the other
ranger teams said that it was really great to
see so many young women rangers coming
from KJ and Martu country.

WACFL Football
By Ken Rowe

Last week, two Newman National Football


League players, Matt Dickie (Tigers Football
and Sporting Club) and Dillan Jones (Saints
Football and Sporting Club) were selected
in the 29 man squad for the Western
Australian Country Football League that
played the South Australia Country Football
League (SACFL) at Adelaide Oval on 31
July as the curtain raiser to the Adelaide v
Essendon match. The squad was trimmed
down to the travelling 22 on 25th July. The
outcome of that squad is not known at the
time of this edition going to print.
Players are selected for the WACFL state
side by playing in the Annual Landmark
Country Championships which is an interleague competition between 14 leagues
across the State. Due to the Hills FL
being a late withdrawal from the comp,
the concept of a Regional All Stars team
was created. This included players from
Goldfield FL, Esperance FL, North Pilbara
FL, East Kimberley FL and NNFL.

The Newman players were Ash Roukens


(Tigers), Brad Cocodis, Jacob Fifita (Saints)
Tommy Nelson and Dylan Indich (Centrals)
as well as Matt Dickie and Dillan Jones.
Playing in Division 2, but ineligible for finals
due to being a multi-league team, the All
Stars won all three games and finished on
top of the ladder. 2016 was the first time
this concept was undertaken and was a
great opportunity for NNFL players to be
looked at by state selectors, particularly
given the Regional All Stars were coached
by State Selector Shane Darmody.
All
Newman
players
represented
themselves, their clubs and the NNFL
with pride and thoroughly enjoyed
the experience of playing in a quality
competition with quality players from other
leagues and will bring this experience back
to the NNFL to make them better players.
Congratulations to Dillan Jones who was
also named in the Landmark All Stars team,
which is the best 22 players across the 14
competing leagues.

Martu enjoyed hearing the stories from


other rangers and scientists and felt happy
knowing that they are not alone in carrying
out this important ranger work.
The range of the Bilby has shrunk by
80% with small scattered populations
now occurring across one million square
kilometres of the Australian desert. These
small populations are found in areas
that are mainly Indigenous owned and
managed. KJs ranger teams are undertaking
very important work by looking after this
threatened species. It is a high priority task
as scientists and ecologists view Martu
country as some of the last strongholds for
the bilby.

Newman players with Ken Rowe, WACFL executive committee


Photograph provided by Ken Rowe

Ranger groups presenting where bilby populations are found


Photographs provided by KJ

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