Wilson’s awarded as fan favourites

AN ALBANY beer will now be found throughout the entire state after winning the BWS Local Luvva competition, allowing the young company to spread their reach across WA.

Wilson Brewing Company was founded only three years ago by Matty and Jessica Wilson after trading in the FIFO life to follow their dreams of creating unique and well-loved beverages.

The local beermakers took out 43 per cent of all votes for the WA Beer and Cider category.

National Sales and Marketing Manager Luke Wilson said taking out the title of Fan Favourite in the Beer and Cider category for WA meant that all the hard yards made in their first few years weren’t going unnoticed.

“It was pretty awesome for us because we’ve been trying for ages to get into more BWS stores to a point where they’ll distribute for us instead of us doing it, so this is something we’ve been working towards for quite a while now,” he said.

“It’s all been small gains up until now, but through that we’ve built the support base and gave them all the opportunity to shout out for us.

“It said that the winner would get into up to 100 stores, so in the worst case we’re going to get another 40 odd stores which is nearly what we’ve done in two years’ time and they’re just going to snap their fingers and have it done, so it’ll be awesome.”

Marketing Coordinator Liz Northern said winning the competition will allow the team to focus their energy on their next goal: seeing their products interstate.

“At the moment we have to deliver our beer to every venue we have ourselves, so getting into that distribution means we send bulk orders to their warehouse and they distribute it to the stores which will save us a lot of time and money,” she said.

Mr Wilson said he was grateful for the support from customers.

“There are some big breweries out there, so for us to have gotten 43 per cent of votes means our supporter base is so loyal and so vocal about us,” he said.

“I just want to give a big thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to vote for us, it’s unreal.”

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War nurses remembered

THE sacrifices and efforts of Australian nurses during war and peacetime will be remembered at a special ceremony this weekend in Albany.

The Nurses Memorial Service will take place this Sunday, October 25 from 2pm at the RSL Nurses Memorial Garden on Proudlove Parade.

This year is the 83rd year the ceremony has been held in Albany and marks 45 years since the end of the Vietnam War.

Nurses Remembrance Association of Albany Secretary Heather Malacari said the Vietnam War would have particular emphasis in this year’s service.

“A lot of the nurses weren’t allowed to talk about their experiences from this time, so here is the chance for those stories to be told,” she said.

“Our keynote speaker, Sue Lefroy, will be talking about the nurses who were in South Vietnam.”

Ms Malacari said the nurse memorial service recognised all nurses from all time periods, including those working during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the challenges we’ve had this year, especially for our nurses on the frontline, it would be so lovely for our present-day nurses to be recognised,” she said.

RSL Special Functions Chair Michael Tugwell will give the opening address, followed by a guard mount of police rangers, Guides and Scouts.

After the Australian and New Zealand national anthems, Museum of the Great Southern Manager Catherine Salmaggi will give the welcome address.

Reverend Helen Barnard will say the prayer, read from the Bible and give the Benediction, and Julie Bright from the Nurses Remembrance Association of Albany will read the Ode.

The Year 10 Girls Choir from Great Southern Grammar will perform I’ll Never Find Another You, and join with attendees to sing Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.

The City of Albany Band will play the Last Post and Rouse.

Ms Malacari will read the poem At Your Side He Will Remain, written by Becky Coleman.

Following the proceedings, attendees are welcome to an afternoon tea at the RSL clubrooms under the Stirling Club, on Stirling Terrace.

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Summer School brightens day

ALBANY Summer School organisers are encouraging residents to ‘have an adventure’ and sign up for next year’s program of more than 50 classes.

President Annie Sanders said some of last year’s favourites, including macrame and poetry writing, were back again for the January 4-15 program as well as some brand new ones.

This includes a Titanic-themed cooking class, a managing back and neck pain class, guitar lessons, a wildlife welfare class, and sessions around botanical printing, watercolours, African drumming, natural fibre basketry, writing books and line dancing.

Ms Sanders said there was something for everyone.

“It’s a great way to try something for a short term. You’re not stuck with it for a year or six months. It’s a couple of classes and if you don’t like it, you can try something else,” she said.

“I tried botanical watercolours one year which is so not me, and I loved it.

“Sometimes it’s just nice to try.”

Ms Sanders has seen friendships formed at summer school blossom over the years and encouraged people to sign up and expand their horizons too.

“It’s mainly for adults, some classes are for teenagers 14 and older, and it’s a great way to meet new people and learn new skills,” she said.

“We have lots of options and people can do it on their own or in a group…we want people to have a little adventure.”

Enrolments are open now and can be completed online at albanysummerschool.com.au

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Exhibition goes alfresco

SIX Albany artists will display their interpretations of the Great Southern’s vast and varied landscapes in a two-week exhibition.

Zoe Butler, Jennifer Dul, Margaret Dowdell, Ros Jenke, Jennifer Hills and Julie Fletcher from Albany Outdoor Painters will exhibit at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station until October 11.

The group were drawn together through their love of outdoor painting and sketching, meeting weekly at different locations for inspiration.

Fletcher said the artists delight in discovering the natural beauty of the area and are always on the lookout for interesting and exciting places, historic buildings and undiscovered locations.

“All artists have exhibited a range of their extensive and varied works in Albany and throughout WA, are experienced and accomplished artists, and some have taught in their individual specialties,” she said.

The exhibited works will vary between watercolours, oil paintings, acrylic work and pastel creations.

The Albany Outdoor Painters Exhibition and Art Sale is open daily from 9am to 5pm during its exhibition time.

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Fire-wise workshop connects

MORE than 30 residents attended a fire-wise gardening demonstration in the Denmark CBD, finishing off the Shire’s Plane Tree Precinct development and learning how to make their own gardens more fire resilient.

Chris Ferreira and his expert team from the Forever Project narrated the installation of a sustainable, fire-wise garden from the ground up, providing insight into the reasons and science behind the design.

The garden is one of the final milestones of the Shire’s Plane Tree Precinct development, a meeting place designed to revitalise and rejuvenate the town centre.

The hands-on workshop was the last in a series funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Program that supports communities to raise their awareness and resilience around bushfire risk.

Shire Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator Melanie Haymont said understanding and implementing the principles of fire-wise garden and property design can have a flow-on effect that benefits Denmark as a whole.

“By people managing bushfire risk on their individual properties they can have a huge impact on their whole neighbourhood’s bushfire risk,” she said.

“If everyone managed the vegetation on their properties we would be in a great position to manage risk across the entire shire.

“If people know to evacuate early and bushfire volunteers can be assured properties can be defendable, this would save a lot of time and resources during a fire event.”

The Shire’s first workshops under the funding focused on the Bushfire Ready program.

This is a community-driven bushfire preparedness program helping neighbours become more connected and resilient to the impacts of bushfire.

Bushfire Ready sees community members host street meets discussing bushfire preparation.

Through these events it was evident there was a desire for knowledge on fire-wise gardening principles.

Ms Haymont said the demonstration showed people they did not have to uproot their entire garden to make it firewise.

“People were concerned that they had to decimate their gardens and compromise biodiversity and amenity to be more fire-wise,” she said.

“This is not the case and we really want people to understand they can still have lovely gardens and be fire-wise following a few simple principles.”

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Act, belong, commit to agricultural show

THE 113th annual Act Belong Commit Kojonup Agricultural Show will be a welcome relief for residents and visitors alike when it kicks off on Saturday, October 17.

This year’s theme is That ‘70s Show after last year’s successful Around the World display.

There is a dress-up competition so dig up your best gear from the ‘70s for a chance to win prizes in mens, ladies and children divisions.

Special guests are everywhere but lead by the impressive Scotch College Pipe Band who in 2015, performed at the Royal Military International Tattoo.

There will be axemen and chainsaw carving including perennial favourite Darryl Radcliffe, along with blacksmith displays and vintage machinery.

Who let the dogs out?

The canines always attract a crowd and this year will be no different with a range of events including dog jumping, sheep counting and the sheep yard dog trials.

The speed shears has increased prize money this year along with stock horse and poultry events.

And the kids are well served with Out of the Box kids activities, a climbing wall, rope courses and laser tags which are available all day for a mere $15 armband.

To finish off this spectacular day, popular band Eclipse will perform followed by fireworks and there will be ample food and refreshments available.

There is a strict Covid-plan to follow state guidelines to keep everyone safe with plenty of room for safe distancing and hand sanitiser.

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Toy library books in novel location

ALBANY’S Rainbow Coast Toy Library’s capacity has nearly doubled thanks to a recent relocation.

The library moved from its smaller home on Ulster Road to its new building on Chester Pass Road last week and had its first day of trade on Saturday.

President Michelle Hassell said the former Albany Playgroup building was a great space for the library.

“It was a big leap of faith because commercial buildings are expensive, but our committee worked really, really hard to make it happen,” she said.

“We desperately needed a bigger, standalone space and now we’ve got 150 per cent more capacity.

“It’s much nicer and everyone is really excited.”

Ms Hassell said the first day in the new location was chaotic.

“It was pumping, people were everywhere!” she laughed.

“There’s a really nice, positive momentum going here which is great.”

The toy library will continue operating at its usual 10am to noon slot on Saturdays but a second trading day during the week is potentially on the cards.

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Hearing dog provides safe ears

AN ALBANY woman, who has been deaf her entire life, has been granted the gift of new ‘furry ears’ thanks to the generosity of a local fundraising group.

Cheryl Colman approached Albany South Coast Lions Club when she required help funding a new hearing dog, as her current four-legged assistance dog was getting close to retirement.

The group leapt into action, contributing money from sausage sizzles and bargain bonanzas to help.

The group supported Ms Colman through Australian Lions Hearing Dogs, which has provided sets of ‘furry ears’ to hundreds of people across the country since 1980.

Wynne the terrier met Ms Colman last week for the very first time.

“I’ve fallen in love!” Ms Colman said.

“He is a cutie and those who see him think he’s gorgeous and just can’t help themselves and want to pat him.”

Ms Colman said having a hearing dog has made all the difference to her life, supporting her to chat with people at the shops when she wouldn’t before and giving her more independence.

“People don’t know how debilitating being hearing impaired is,” she said.

“My anxiety levels aren’t as bad now because Wynne is my ears.

“I’m very pleased that Wynne is settling in well.”

Albany South Coast Lions Club Treasurer Brian Western said it was great to support a member of the community in such a way.

“The biggest thing for us is seeing how Wynne can help fulfill and enrich Cheryl’s life,” he said.

“It’s a very big thing to see how the dog works and how he can assist someone.”

Hearing Dog Trainer Bella Pearson flew with Wynne to Albany from Adelaide to personally introduce him to his new owner.

“The dogs take about six to eight months to train,” Ms Pearson said.

“The sound training we do teaches the dogs to find the source of the sound, go back to their owner and touch them and alert them, and lead them to the sound.

“In the case of a fire alarm, the dog will alert the owner and take a specific position and lead the owner out of the house.”

Ms Pearson said Wynne was a perfect fit for Ms Colman.

“He settled in really, really well,” she said.

“It’s so nice to see them get along with their new owners.”

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Laneway gets facelift

PUBLIC art is once again flourishing in Albany this week with the creation of five new laneway installations in the CBD.

The project is timed with the city’s Green Skills Sustainable Community Festival and Spring Markets this long weekend on September 25 and 26.

Artists Nat Rad, John Carberry, Jo Taylor and Serena McLauchlan will craft three laneway installations in York Street.

An additional laneway will be decorated with bunting created by the community during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Artist Cody Hulkes’ canvas is the side wall of The White Star on Stirling Terrace.

His inspiration was the story of Jumbo the elephant, who in 1929 ran away from the circus and went on an escapade through town.

Mr Hulkes has designed the mural to be interactive, encouraging people to take a photo with it instead of just a photo of it.

“I’m keeping it bright and fun, especially for the kids,” he said.

“It’s exciting to see the kids get excited about it, because it’s a nice big colourful piece.”

Mayor Dennis Wellington said the City was pleased to reactivate the various laneways.

“Having a number of local artists involved with the long weekend activation is fantastic, and the inclusion of a permanent artwork in the Jumbo mural will allow the community to continue to engage with the Stirling Terrace laneway,” he said.

“It is exciting to be able to put on a pop-up art exhibition in Albany that allows our residents and visitors to enjoy local art at no expense.”

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Mural marks 75 years

A GREAT Southern sports club, which had its very first general meeting just 17 days after World War II ended, celebrated its 75th birthday last weekend with the unveiling of a new mural.

Mount Barker Bowls and Sporting Club celebrated the anniversary on Saturday with fanfare, friends and finger food.

In addition to the party was the unveiling of the new celebratory mural, created by Mount Barker Police Sergeant-in-Charge David Johnson and local artists Andy Dolphin and George Corke.

Sgt Johnson said the original plan was to simply create a new sign to advertise the club.

“But then we were discussing the 75th and thought, why not take advantage of the mural trail that we are growing?” he said.

“We did it over a couple of weeks, but we worked on the design for 40 or 50 hours.”

Sgt Johnson said it was an honour to be asked to participate in the 75th anniversary.

Club President Fred Mentha was excited to have the new look mural completed ahead of this weekend’s bowls carnival.

“It’s great to have the mural, they’ve done a great job,” he said.

Club members Hazel Rutter and Colin Toone were also awarded life memberships during the party.

The original Mount Barker Bowling and Croquet Club was established on September 19, 1945.

It was incorporated in 1949, changed to Mount Barker Bowling Club in 1966 and renamed again in 1994 to its current name.

The club’s first bowling green was opened on February 6, 1949 and the original committee consisted of President G. Duckett, Vice Presidents J. Bavin and C. Mitchell, Secretary

and Treasurer L. Hart, Auditor K. Sweetapple, and committee members Thompson, James, Wilson and Sweetapple.

Women were invited to form a committee and be guests at the club in 1948.

The first beers poured at the club were on March 25, 1950.

In 2015, the club received a new cool room and a bar upgrade and built an internal dart board and photo wall three years later.

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