Ahoy to public art

PUBLIC art is popping up all over Albany at the moment, and it seems everyone is getting on board with the newest fad.

A grinning pirate, his treasure chest, his parrot and a curious octopus have appeared on the entry wall at Trailblazers on Albany Highway, and it’s the most recent project for Albany graphic artist and The Weekender’s own Cody Hulkes.

The modest talent said it took him just over 20 hours to paint the image, which he worked on at home and installed on the Trailblazers wall in three sections.

Mr Hulkes produced the oceanic feature wall for his big sister, Chantel Lawson, who owns the tackle and camping store.

“We love it, it’s absolutely wonderful,” Ms Lawson said.

“It’s something fun and something we think the kids will like.”

Mr Hulkes said the pirate graphic was the first large-scale project he has ever completed, and the first time he’s dealt with paints, being a graphic designer by trade.

He said it was interesting to learn about the different paints and wield a paint brush, rather than his usual computer mouse or stylus.

“It was great fun to do and a great opportunity,” he said.

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve done and it was a bit of a challenge, but the next wall will be even bigger and a bit more of a challenge.”

The wall Mr Hulkes is referring to is the side wall of Trailblazers, visible from Albany Highway as you head towards town.

The design for this wall is being kept tightly under wraps, but what we do know is that it will keep with the underwater theme.

“Watch this space,” Ms Lawson said.

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Pizza man in VRO breach

A PIZZA delivery driver has been convicted of breaching a violence restraining order by briefly gesturing to his ex-girlfriend as he drove past her after delivering a pizza at Yakamia.

On March 15, Bayley Alexander Haines, 18, pleaded guilty in Albany Magistrates Court to one count of breaching a family violence restraining order.

Police prosecutor Cameron Clifford said Haines had communicated and come within 50m of his ex-girlfriend, contrary to conditions of the order.

Sergeant Clifford said that in December, after Haines had delivered a pizza to a house in Yakamia, he “waved” as he drove past the woman who was walking beside the street.

Haines’ defence lawyer said he admitted those facts, but he had both hands on the steering wheel at the time and the “wave” referred to was the casual raising of a single finger.

“There doesn’t seem to be any indication of intimidation of the protected person,” Haines’ lawyer said.

Magistrate Raelene Johnston heard Haines was in a brief relationship with the protected woman.

Some time after Haines and the woman broke up, a dispute arose over money he had lent to her.

When the woman took out the order, Haines did not object.

Magistrate Johnston said breaking a family violence restraining order was a “serious charge”, but “it was circumstance” that led to the breach.

“Although it is a breach, it is at the lower end of the scale,” she told Haines.

Magistrate Johnston ordered Haines not to reoffend in the next 12 months, lest he be fined $500.

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Flag gets up in Tambellup

TAMBELLUP’S police station and council chambers will soon get Aboriginal flags thanks to the initiative of the cop shop’s new officer-in-charge, who is a Noongar man.

On Tuesday, Sergeant Allan Mallard celebrated six months as OIC of Tambellup Police Station.

He recently received an Aboriginal flag from State Treasurer Ben Wyatt, also an Aboriginal man.

“I bought two flag poles, one for the shire and one for the police station,” Sgt Mallard told The Weekender.

“They’re getting installed in the next week or so.”

Sgt Mallard’s mother, Margaret, is a Noongar woman with family in the Tambellup area.

“She’s over the moon,” Sgt Mallard said of her response to the flags.

Broomehill-Tambellup Shire President Scott Thompson said raising the Aboriginal flag outside the council chambers had been raised some years ago at the shire, but defeated.

However, on March 15 the shire voted six councillors to one to proudly fly the flag.

“We’ve got a strong Indigenous community in Tambellup,” Cr Thompson said.

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After-hours GP to cut emergency wait times

A TRIAL of after-hours health care will commence at Albany Health Campus next month to alleviate increasing pressure on the hospital’s emergency department.

From April, an after-hours GP and nurse practitioner service will be offered to patients in aged and palliative care facilities, as well as those receiving care at home, to divert them from the emergency department.

The service was officially launched on Monday by Minister for Health Roger Cook, Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, Member for Albany Peter Watson, WA Primary Health Alliance officials and the group of Albany general practitioners behind the after-hours service idea.

The program will be trialled for 12 months and be both mobile and in a permanent setup, in a clinic adjacent to the current emergency department.

The general public will be able to access the after-hours health care clinic from June, and it will operate during evenings, weekends and public holidays.

The service will offer treatment to patients who require urgent care, but whose conditions could be treated by a GP during normal hours.

Health minister Roger Cook said the release of the Sustainable Health Review Interim Report highlighted a need for the service.

“There is a need to improve care in our communities, to reduce costs and wastes and to reduce the pressure on our emergency departments,” he said.

“This new service is about better access to GP and nurse practitioner services for patients and carers, which means better quality of care for non-emergency patients and not having to wait in busy emergency departments.”

WA Primary Health Alliance CEO Learne Durrington said the new service would be a great “all-round outcome”, as it avoids distressing scenarios for sick patients and allows emergency department staff to focus on serious cases.

“The on-call service will ensure people who are frail and unwell can be treated in the comfort of their own home, care home or hospice and avoid unnecessary and costly trips by ambulance to hospital,” she said.

“Importantly, the patient’s usual doctor will be fully informed about the treatments that occurred.”

The trial after-hours health care service will complement existing Albany GP services and use experienced nurse practitioners and GPs.

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Waterfront apartment bid up for comment

A BID to overturn a ban on residential apartments at a 9599sqm block owned by businessman Paul Lionetti across Toll Place from his Due South Tavern has been lodged with the City of Albany.

Foreshore Investments Albany Pty Ltd has applied for permission to erect up to 6800sqm of apartments on Mr Lionetti’s block, at Lot 3 of the Albany Waterfront project.

The company’s application to amend the Albany Waterfront Structure Plan says Due South has “proven a popular attraction to the waterfront area and wider Albany region”.

The application, prepared by Harley Dykstra town planners, argues that “a lack of private investment in the waterfront area can be partially attributed to overly restrictive planning regulations, resulting in development of the area being unviable”.

“The landowners are committed to completing a high standard of hotel and apartment development on the site,” Harley Dykstra continues.

“Importantly, it should be noted that the holiday accommodation and a hotel will remain the primary land uses on the site, and multiple dwellings will be a secondary use.

“Additional control measures can be incorporated through subsequent planning stages (i.e. – development application) to manage the number and location of any multiple dwellings proposed.”

Harley Dykstra imagines the control measures “should” ensure that the number of bedrooms associated with the holiday accommodation and hotel components will “always, and at all times, exceed those associated with any multiple dwelling component”.

But Albany Ratepayers and Residents Association President Elizabeth Barton said the whole rationale for the waterfront project was to promote tourism, not medium density residential living.

“What will happen is they’ll build the residential, but the tourism will never get built,” Ms Barton, who in 10 days in the late 1990s collected 2500-plus signatures against the waterfront project, said.

“It will become a residential area.

“It was always agreed there would never be residential down there, because it’s a tourist node and residential development is in conflict with the operations of the port.”

Harley Dykstra argues that the modified plan for the vacant block responds to “an increasing trend towards a flexible approach to tourism planning and to support the viable operation of these buildings, which have historically prevented the development of a hotel and short stay accommodation on Lot 3”.

“To facilitate investment in new hotels and holiday accommodation, there has been an increasing trend towards including an element of permanent residential accommodation within tourist developments,” Harley Dykstra stresses.

“Examples of this include the Middleton Beach Hotel site, Elizabeth Quay, Port Coogee Marina and Bunbury Ocean View Hotel.”

State Planning Minister Rita Saffioti recently told The Weekender that residential apartments would likely be needed to make a 12-floor hotel viable at Middleton Beach (‘Residential mix for hotel’, February 8).

Harley Dykstra submitted that owners of apartments on Mr Lionetti’s block would be encouraged to let their dwellings for short stay accommodation.

The City of Albany and State Department of Planning received a copy of the plans for preliminary comment in October.

The final decision on whether apartments are allowed rests with the Western Australian Planning Commission.

When contacted by The Weekender, Mr Lionetti declined to comment.

The Albany community can comment to the City until April 12.

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Music moves in to new room

ALBANY’S newest live music venue will be more “show than gig” and more “Hi-fi than PA” according to its coordinator and general music aficionado Geoff Waldeck.

Tucked down the back of Six Degrees bar, the new 6dLIVE room will offer a boutique live music experience in an intimate setting and will quench the thirst for the growing demand for quality visiting acts.

As the finishing touches were being applied to the room’s bespoke lighting and sound, The Weekender had a quick sneak peek and got the run-down on the concept from Waldeck and Six Degrees licensee Anton Davey.

“When we built the place, it was designed around the idea of catering for musicians and artists,” Davey said.

“This will be a unique place for soloists, duos and small bands to per- form. We just want to see live music flourish and there isn’t really a small venue in town like this.”

Davey’s right-hand man in the project, Waldeck, said the room will fit 150 people standing or 70 seated and is all about providing a quality sound to go with the quality of talent he has booked.

“We’ve already tested the room as we’ve been treating it acoustically, and it’s going to be pretty nice. There is no [sound] spill between the room and the rest of the bar,” Waldeck said.

6dLIVE will be officially launched when it hosts alternative folk artist Riley Pearce on Friday, April 6 ahead of his UK tour, although it will get a test-run on Easter Saturday when local outfit Pinstripe take to the stage sans bass player to put the room through its paces.

Tickets are available for Pearce’s April 6 show through the Six Degrees Facebook page.

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‘Major events covered’

POLICE have assured the people of Albany that large gatherings are adequately covered, despite a senior City official telling a Parliamentary inquiry that more than one event at a time would stretch the ability of law enforcers to combat an act of terrorism.

In his written submission to State Parliament’s Inquiry into the Protection of Crowded Places from Terrorist Acts, City of Albany governance and risk manager Stuart Jamieson said it was “unknown” whether the powers and resources of WA Police would be adequate to deal with terrorism.

“… however, for the City of Albany, being a regional centre, more than one large event occurring at any one time would stretch local resources,” Mr Jamieson advised the inquiry on February 21.

“For example, for RaceWars 2018, WAPOL Albany have dedicated two uniform officer[s] for the whole event.”

When told of Mr Jamieson’s submission, officer-in-charge of Albany Police Grant Pollard said he could not comment on how many police were deployed at the Racewars meet held at Albany Airport earlier this month, because the amount of police presence was an “operational matter”.

Senior Sergeant Pollard did however stress that policing resources in Albany were adequate to cover major events.

“We can reassure the public [that] any major events that do occur can be adequately resourced either locally by the Albany police, or [from] further resources from within the Great Southern district to ensure community safety is maintained at all times,” he told The Weekender.

“At all times, the community’s not put at any greater risk than can be avoided.

“Given the number of events and the degree of severity and the timeframe of escalation, there would always be appropriate resources available.”

Mr Jamieson submitted to the inquiry that events conducted or approved by the City must have a risk management plan.

He added that good intelligence sharing between the WA police force and event organisers was one part of achieving best practice in protecting crowded places from terrorism.

He regarded a four-pronged strategy adopted by the United Kingdom in 2010 – that incorporates the principles of pursuing terrorists, preventing people becoming or supporting terrorists, protecting against attacks and preparing to mitigate the impact of attack – as a best practice model.

The inquiry, chaired by Member for Hillarys Peter Katsambanis, is now taking evidence. It is set to report in November.

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Dolphin makes splash

AMIDST graphic design, illustrations, photography and his day job as production manager with The Weekender, Mt Barker artist Andy Dolphin finds time to oil up his canvas and produce stunning life-like representations of the Great Southern.

Two of his recent artworks, Rural Morn and Organised Chaos, won first-class recognitions at last weekend’s Wagin Woolorama.

Rural Morn, an image of an aged shed near his property, won first place in Class 1 – Oil or Acrylic, and Organised Chaos, a depiction of a white gum tree, won the Woolorama President’s Award.

Dolphin was surprised to hear of his win when he received a phone call Friday evening.

“It was great to win. I haven’t entered in four or so years,” he said.

“I always enjoy Wagin; there’s always quality work and they don’t shy away from traditional works.”

Dolphin’s winning works slot into the plein air genre, which is the main area he dabbles in, both during his own time and his Thursday morning adventures with the Albany Plein Air Group.

“I love the great outdoors. I always tend towards rural for my art,” he said.

“When it’s just me, I’ll just get into my car and go; I look for interesting shapes and different light and shade.”

The next project on Dolphin’s agenda is participating with the Albany Plein Air Group in the Southern Art and Craft Trail set for September 15 to 30.

You can keep up to date on Dolphin’s movements and check out his gallery of the Great Southern online at andydolphin.com.au.

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Albany to draw first Breath

FORMER Albany boy and acclaimed author Tim Winton’s book Breath has been adapted for the big screen and fans can get an early sneak peek at the film next month.

Breath was filmed in Denmark and follows the story of two teenage boys growing up in a small coastal town, who form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious surfer who pushes the boys to take risks.

Director and actor Simon Baker, Winton, and lead actors Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will appear at the premiere WA screening at the Albany Entertainment Centre on April 21, and the community screening on location in Denmark on April 22.

In an interview with Cinema Australia, Baker said he felt privileged to take Breath and “hand deliver” it to Australian audiences.

“I’m especially thrilled to be returning to the Great Southern region of WA, to share and celebrate with those communities who welcomed us so warmly, and contributed with great spirit to the making of Breath,” he said.

“It’s their film.”

Tickets to the early screenings can be found at cinemaaustralia.com.au.

Breath will be released in cinemas on May 3.

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Railways semi-favourites

RAILWAYS will head into Saturday’s Albany Cricket Association A-grade semi-final clash with Manypeaks as clear favourites following a dominating display with the ball on the weekend that saw them roll North County for just 83 runs.

The Tigers’ win brought a premature end to North County’s season, as the Bulldogs’ hopes of progressing into the finals hinged on defeating Railways and Denmark beating Collingwood Park.

In Saturday’s match, North County needed the recent form of veteran Craig Tonkin to continue if they were to pose a threat, but when he was dismissed for two runs and Michael Ferreira for six from the bowling of Mitchell Thomson, County’s heads were in their hands.

Fortunately, there were two more Ferreiras to offer resistance, with Matthew combining with his father Neil to rebuild the innings.

The pair took the total to 2-64, before Railways skipper Zane Marwick took control with the ball and started a collapse that saw County lose eight wickets for 18 runs.

Marwick claimed three wickets to get his eye in before the finals, but fell short with the bat when he was bowled for just seven as the Tigers began their brief chase of County’s 83-run total.

The Tigers are persisting with Tim Edmunds at the top of the order with his ability to slowly wear the shine off the new ball.

He fell just short of double figures, contributing nine runs before Nathan Crudeli and Matt Walters got the job done.

The pair each played patiently to see out the run chase, but punished anything that was off target from North County’s bowlers.

Crudeli brought up the winning runs on his way to 39 not out, while Walters looked solid, notching up 21 not out.

Manypeaks will no doubt be quick to shrug off their last-ball loss to Mount Barker on the weekend and refocus on a plan to conquer Railways’ batting depth and bowling attack.

They would have fancied their chances after dismissing the Bulls for 157 in Saturday’s match, with a four-wicket effort from Harry Broomhall the highlight from the spread of bowlers.

In their response to Mt Barker’s total, the loss of cheap wickets was offset by several key partnerships which kept Manypeaks in the game.

A 36-run stand from evergreen veteran Jeremy Stewart got them within striking distance of the Bulls’ total, but a calamitous fall of wickets, including one from the final delivery of the day, left them one run short at 9-156.

Despite underdog status in Saturday’s semi-final with Railways, Manypeaks at least got a preview of the pressure they need to absorb if they are to threaten Railways.

In the remaining A-grade match, Nathan Dovey and his bat blasted Collingwood Park into fourth place on the ladder and an unlikely finals berth, considering their slow start to the season.

Dovey made 67 as Park chased down Denmark’s respectable 212-run total, that was could have fallen short had it not been for 69 runs from Michael Pratt, batting at number seven.

Park will play Mt Barker in their semi-final and will need to get on top of the Bulls batting line-up early.

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