Jackson’s big idea to help a mate

FIVE-year-old Albany boy Jackson Brown is a little boy with a big heart.
Jackson has made it his mission to turn $30 into $35,000 to help his sick pre-primary friend who was diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of blood cancer in March this year.
Jackson’s mum Nikki Notman told The Weekender that upon hearing his little friend Izzy had been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, young Jackson decided he needed to do something about it.
“He turned around one afternoon and said, ‘Mum, what can we do to help Izzy?’,” Ms Notman explained .
“I said, ‘money, kiddo, money helps’.
“So, he decided he was going to shave his head; he needed a haircut anyway!”
Ms Notman said despite a slight battle holding Jackson down at the hairdressers, the five-year-old walked out the salon door with a shiny top.
“We went to Best and Less because he wanted a beanie, and the lady there said he had an interesting haircut for winter,” Ms Notman said.

“Jackson told her he was raising money for his sick friend and she gave him $10.
“He then got $10 from the Mean Fiddler and $10 from his guitar teacher so he had $30 and he said, ‘Here’s some money, Mum’.”
After a bit of thought and a discussion with Izzy’s parents, Ms Notman decided she and her son would try to raise even more money than Jackson’s head shaving episode by placing donation tins around town at local businesses.
Dominos, Jo-Joe’s Pizza, Wilson’s Brewing Company, Six Degrees, Alkaline Café, Snap Fitness, Denmark Tavern, Earl of Spencer, Great Southern Supplements and Gourmandise and Co are currently aiding the fundraising effort.
The collaborative aim is $35,000.
“The Dominos owners’ daughter is in Izzy’s class, so they are helping out,” Ms Notman said.
“Libero from Jo-Joe’s is going up this weekend to meet Izzy, Six Degrees is hosting a ticketed event in October with a silent auction and all proceeds from that will go to Izzy, and Wilson’s is donating $1 from every beer sold during the school holidays to Izzy.
“It just shows how awesome the Albany community is.
“We’ve only been in Albany for two years, and for us to be able to drum up so much support for a little guy who wants to help his mate…it’s astronomical.”
Ms Notman said the latest update on Izzy’s progress is that she received her fourth and final round of chemotherapy in Perth last week and is now awaiting a PET scan, which is due in the next couple of weeks.

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Dutch fries and fruit juice ban

WORLD-RENOWNED medical communicator Michael Mosley has told a Parliamentary committee that Western Australia should take heed of Amsterdam where “impressive” but “draconian” anti-obesity measures – including banning fruit juice from school and kids from buying fries at McDonald’s – have been implemented.

In an hour of evidence to State Parliament’s Education and Health Standing Committee on June 20, Dr Mosley said Amsterdam was “one of the few places on Earth getting it right”.

He said he was recently in the Dutch capital where obesity in children had been reversed, particularly in poorer communities that had seen a “spectacular” drop.

Dr Mosley said Amsterdam had a “very, very tightly planned strategy” with what some might regard as “quite draconian” measures.

Discussing fruit juice, which he said was widely thought to be good for children but in reality was “terrible”, he recounted how Amsterdam kids are forbidden from taking anything other than water or milk to school.

He explained that full fat milk instead had developed a “terrible” reputation for which there was no evidence.

Dr Mosley said if he were to encourage his children to drink anything it would be full fat milk, as low fat milk was processed more.

He added that, in Amsterdam, children are not allowed to buy fries at McDonald’s outlets near their schools, unless accompanied by their parents.

Flying solo, children are only allowed to buy an apple from the Golden Arches.

Dr Mosley said that in a further “draconian” move, Amsterdam banned McDonald’s and Coca-Cola from sponsoring sports events.

WA Country Health Service figures show that in the Great Southern 31.9 per cent of people aged 16 or over are obese, compared to 26.9 per cent for the state as a whole.

Dr Mosley said he was trying to persuade SBS and the BBC to help him make a documentary on diet and health in Australian Aboriginal communities.

After training in medicine, he embarked on a production career at the BBC.

He was nominated for an Emmy for a 1994 documentary on the Nobel Prize winning work Barry Marshall and Robin Warren produced at the University of Western Australia on gastric ulcers.

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Back-pedal on bike path

THEY had a dream.

That one day a bicycle path would wind all the way from Little Grove virtually to the doorstep of Albany Town Hall.

But that dream, by Albany council engineers and cycling aficionados, now lies in tatters.

When last year The Weekender revealed plans to build a 2.5km, $1.2 million missing link in Albany’s cycle network (‘Smooth ride into town’, November 16), Stage 1 from the top of Carlisle Street was meant to end at Collie Street just behind Town Hall.

Soon after reading that article, Grey Street West residents submitted a petition arguing the route was unsafe because it was a major transit route down to York Street.

The petitioners further argued that too many car parks would be lost along Grey Street West.

Then, at a council meeting on December 19, the City’s elected officials agreed that the 200m section from Parade to Collie Street be indefinitely excluded from the project (‘People over pedal power’, December 28, 2017).

Now, after a review of the bike path design, and two on-site meetings with residents, a recommendation by council engineer David King to the City’s development and infrastructure committee back-pedals further.

Mr King recommends that “at this time” the path only be built from Carlisle Street to Melville Street, a further 200m back from Parade Street.

The committee will consider Mr King’s recommendation on Wednesday night, ahead of deliberations by the full council at a meeting further down the track.

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Busport bumped

WITH the University of Western Australia beating TransWA to the punch by securing Albany’s former train station for its wave energy centre, the intrastate bus operator is planning a new terminus at a vacant block across the street.

A City briefing paper shows a bid from UWA defeated offers by TransWA and the South Coast Natural Resource Management group for the right to lease the train station building.

The paper outlines a plan for TransWA to use a new bus canopy and portable ticketing office it intends to erect on 58 per cent of a grassy, City-owned site on the other side of Proudlove Parade.

TransWA is scheduled to stop pulling its buses up outside the historic building by June next year.

Leasing the council plot would cost TransWA $9600 a year for the next three years, at which point a rent review will ensue.

The City plans to build a car park on the remaining 42 per cent of the plot, as pictured.

Council staff have budgeted $148,940 to build the car park and for design and civil works.

Of that amount, TransWA has agreed in principle to contribute $83,449 for design and civil works on its side of the block.

Financing the ticket office and bus canopy will also be TransWA’s responsibility.

A recommendation to approve the lease agreement and $148,940 budget allocation will be considered by a City committee on July 10, ahead of full council deliberations further down the line.

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Denmark director shakeup

A MAJOR overhaul of the top echelons of Denmark’s shire administration is underway, with the positions of chief engineer and chief planner being rolled into one, and a Community Emergency Services Manager position advertised and about to be filled after the incumbent’s contract expired.

Shire CEO Bill Parker told The Weekender that the contracts of two of his three 2ICs, Director Sustainable Development Annette Harbron and Director Infrastructure and Assets Gilbert Arlandoo, would expire in January 2019.

The contract of Community Emergency Services Manager Marcus Owen expired on Saturday.

Mr Parker said the position filled by Mr Owen had been advertised, with an offer made to a preferred candidate.

He explained that the two director positions currently filled by Ms Harbron and Mr Arlandoo would be rolled into one.

“In this instance, a single director looking after the planning, building and engineering functions will deliver greater consistency, with the revised structure further complementing our overall strategic direction, Denmark 2027,” he said.

“The combined position will focus on the Shire’s integrated planning and reporting framework ensuring that service delivery is aligned with community expectations.

“The position will ensure that the Shire delivers a contemporary approach to asset management and all development functions and will be supported by highly competent and efficient technical officers.”

In many local authorities around the world, the chief engineer and chief planner roles are kept separate so that professional autonomy can be maintained, and a balance between oft-competing priorities of the two professions achieved.

Mr Parker said the combined director position would be advertised in September or October, and Ms Harbron and Mr Arlandoo had been encouraged to apply.

He said the decision to fuse the two director positions was “difficult” but “based on what was best for the organisation”.

“When any contract expires, we always review the role and our overall strategic direction,” he added.

Ms Harbron has held her position since January, 2011, and Mr Arlandoo his since January, 2016.

The third of Mr Parker’s current 2ICs, Cary Green, has been Director of Corporate and Community Services since February, 2017.

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Swing kings rule

A FULL house, a roaring encore and a standing ovation proved the rumour mill right – Evan Ayres and The Swing Kings could be Albany’s next ‘big thing’.

The teenage band, consisting of Ayres on lead vocals and guitar, Bonnie Staude and Mollie Hare on backup vocals, Bryce Taylor on trumpet, Anna Leach on saxophone, Hunter Ewen on trombone and Jeremy Staude on drums, blew their audience away on Saturday night with a knock-out performance of their debut EP and various swing and jazz covers.

Despite the various crowd interjections calling for Ayres’ inner Elvis Presley to surface – which he revealed on-stage at WAAPA’s Radio Active concert last year – the budding superstar kept true to his original work and favoured swing and jazz genres.

‘In Love With You’, ‘Unless It’s With You’ and ‘I’m In Love’ proved a massive success with the audience, with each song receiving a tidal wave of applause and showcasing the multi-faceted talent that Ayres offers.

His crooning voice set hearts of all ages aflutter and brought back the nostalgia of first loves, lost loves and forever loves.

He did not falter throughout the entire performance, and along with his band’s additional fun banter, the EP launch was everything a person could ask for in a swing show.

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New nets make cricket the ticket

DESPITE the footy, netball and soccer seasons being in full swing at the moment, cricket is the sport of choice for Mount Lockyer Primary students after a gleaming new double cricket net and pitch was installed recently.

The school was the only one in Albany that did not previously have cricket nets, so the rate at which students have traded drop punts and torpedoes for sixes and wrong ‘uns has astounded staff and parents.

P&C Fundraising Coordinator Karen Southall still can’t believe the soaring popularity of the game considering Albany couldn’t be further from summer.

She said the sport has positively influenced student behaviour in both the classroom and the playground, and has encouraged large amounts of girls and boys to give the game a go.

“The uptake of cricket at the school since the new nets has been phenomenal,” she said.

“There’s certainly been an increase in kids’ activity during recess and lunch and we’ve seen a lot more sharing and cooperating in the classroom.

“Sharing in a sport like cricket allows kids who don’t always play together to commingle and it builds their confidence.”

Deputy principal Paul Hockey said the $30,000 project was made possible by a combination of school money, P&C fundraising and a state government grant.

“When you’ve got a school of 570 kids, you need a variety of activities for kids to do,” he said.

“The nets were really an initiative by the P&C, so it just goes to show how much the P&C gives back to the school.”

Under the same State Government school funding project, Flinders Park Primary received a new stage in the assembly hall, Bremer Bay Primary’s school oval received improved drainage and Jerramungup District High installed a new nature playground.

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All eyes on skate park

THE Shire of Denmark installed a live camera at the Denmark Skate Park last week, providing the opportunity for users to view conditions at the park in real time.

In recent years live streaming public venues via web cams has become common practice for many local governments across the country.

Shire director of corporate and community services Cary Green said the live stream enables users to view the skate park conditions at any time.

“It’s a popular practice,” he said.

“Surf cameras located at various beaches around the state including our Ocean Beach are great for surfers and tourists.”

Mr Green said the cameras will provide comfort for parents and an opportunity for park users to assess the conditions from home or anywhere they can access the internet.

“We acknowledge that the service may raise some concerns,” he said.

“We’ll be guided by community opinion on the issue.

“We’ll welcome any and all feedback on the project.”

To celebrate the new service the Shire will hold an art competition for a design to be used as a backdrop frame to the live cam window on the shire website.

The competition is open to Denmark youth aged 10 to 17 years old with the winner receiving a $100 voucher to Big Drop Surf Shop.

Entries can be submitted from June 25 until July 27.

For more information on the competition or have a look at the Denmark Skate Park live stream head to www.denmark.wa.go.au/ residents/denmark-skate-park.

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Ongerup OAMs return

HUSBAND-and-wife Order of Australia Medal recipients Barry and Jan Savage have moved back to Albany after more than 40 years living, working and volunteering in the small Great Southern town of Ongerup.

Since the Ongerup and wider Gnowangerup community threw the couple a farewell in March, the couple has been tidying up personal affairs in anticipation of their big move to Bayonet Head.

“We’re in Albany full-time now,” Mr Savage told The Weekender this week.

Last year he received an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his prolific volunteer work as an ambulance officer, firefighter, and board member of Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre – among a string of other community roles.

Mrs Savage, who for 12 years served as Gnowangerup Shire President, received her OAM in 2005 for services to the shire and community.

In 1975 the couple moved from Albany to Ongerup to run the local tyre shop.

In Ongerup they raised a family and took on the school bus run.

Their recent return to the South Coast does not mean an end to their active community involvement.

“I think it’s important,” Mr Savage said.

“I’m doing a couple of [ambulance] shifts with St John’s, and I joined the local over-55 bike group and go riding every Wednesday.

“Jan’s joined the local book club and is still involved with Justice of the Peace work.”

On top of that, Mr and Mrs Savage are still active with the malleefowl centre, which ensures regular visits back to Ongerup.

“We’re going up this week for a Yongergnow meeting,” Mr Savage said.

Last week, the Yongergnow-Ongerup Community Resource Centre asked locals not to ride motorbikes or drive on tracks near the malleefowls’ enclosure, as a chick had died recently after possibly being frightened by a passing vehicle.

“What happened to it, whether it got spooked and ran into the fence, we’re not sure,” Mr Savage said.

“They’re becoming a little bit of a problem.

“The breeding success rate was a little bit too good.”

This year, Yongergnow malleefowls Maggie and Drei bred like billyo, producing no less than 19 chicks (‘Malleefowl love nest’ , March 30).

“We’re having a bit of trouble giving them all away,” Mr Savage said.

“We’ve got to get EPA approval for where we can put them.”

Asked if having too many chicks to find homes for was in some ways a nice problem to have, Mr Savage said: “It certainly is unique”.

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Burn-off caution urged

AS INVESTIGATIONS continue into last month’s maelstrom of Redmond and Napier fires, the City of Albany has lifted one of two restricted burning periods but is still urging people to exercise caution when burning off.

Manager for Ranger and Emergency Services Tony Ward said the investigations are ongoing and are being coordinated by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, and that the City is working with DFES and the community.

He said the restricted burning period for the south-west sector of the city expired at midnight on June 15 and will not be extended due to the cold, wet conditions experienced over the past week.

But the restricted burning period within the north-east sector will remain under review.

“Residents in this sector [south-west] will be able to burn from Saturday without needing a permit,” he said.

“It is important though that people exercise common sense when lighting fires to ensure it is safe and they monitor their fires to ensure they do not pose a risk to anyone else or other property, and are extinguished if conditions become challenging.”

Updates to the restricted burning periods can be found on the City’s website at albany.wa.gov.au/council/council/public-notices.

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