YEAR IN NEWS

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It was an­other event­ful year in news in Nar­ro­gin and sur­rounds. Is­sues at Bod­ding­ton CRC and a con­victed con­man open­ing a busi­ness in Nar­ro­gin’s town cen­tre dom­i­nated head­lines. Deaths con­tin­ued on lo­cal roads, while lo­cal sports stars con­tin­ued to im­press lo­cally and na­tion­ally. Here is the year that was ... Jan­uary

A 19-year-old man is charge with reck­less and drink-driv­ing af­ter a fiery head-on crash on Al­bany High­way.

The Kook­abur­ras travel to Nar­ro­gin, tak­ing on the Nether­lands at UGSHA’s turf, draw­ing thou­sands.

Fe­bru­ary

Darkan hosts its first Sheep­fest in 60 years.

Four sy­ringes are found at Nar­ro­gin Pri­mary School.

March

Po­lice in Nar­ro­gin find 450g of cannabis, charg­ing a 32-year-old man and 23,500 peo­ple de­scend on Wa­gin for the iconic Wa­gin Woolorama.

April

WA’s State an­i­mal the num­bat, found in Pin­gelly and Cuballing, is de­clared en­dan­gered.

Peter Run­dle’s elec­toral of­fice in Nar­ro­gin is van­dalised, with mes­sages against live ex­port spray­painted on the of­fice’s win­dow.

May

An en­gaged cou­ple al­legedly as­sault po­lice dur­ing a RBT stop in Wa­gin — the cou­ple later plead not guilty to the charges.

Dale Ste­wart is ap­pointed the Shire of Nar­ro­gin’s chief ex­ec­u­tive.

June

In­de­pen­dent au­dit finds $93,000 miss­ing from the Bod­ding­ton Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre’s ac­counts.

July

The live ex­port saga be­gins to af­fect the sup­port­ing in­dus­tries of the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in the re­gion.

A thou­sand farm­ers at­tend a live ex­port fo­rum in Katan­ning, at­tend- ed by Barn­aby Joyce, Alan­nah McTier­nan and Rick Wil­son.

Au­gust

No­to­ri­ous con man Boni Levi, ad­ver­tises his “mas­sage busi­ness” on Eger­ton Street, prompt­ing warn­ings from au­thor­i­ties.

A re­port finds that a fifth of all Nar­ro­gin and Katan­ning house­holds do not have ac­cess to the in­ter­net.

Septem­ber

The Shire of Pin­gelly un­veils its new unique tim­ber recre­ation and cul­tural cen­tre.

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist Jerome Daven­port re­turns to his home­town of Wick­epin to cre­ate a stu­dent-in­spired mu­ral at Wick­epin Pri­mary School.

Oc­to­ber

Plans for first of its kind py­rol­y­sis re­cy­cling plant to be built in the re­gion are dashed af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment de­nies fund­ing.

Statis­tics re­leased by WA Po­lice re­veal the crime rate in Nar­ro­gin sky­rock­eted dur­ing the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

Novem­ber

A draft mas­ter plan for Gnaro­jin Park are re­leased by the Shire of Nar­ro­gin, ask­ing for feed back.

The Num­bat Task Force is awarded the Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety’s Con­ser­va­tion­ist of the Year award.

De­cem­ber

Wil­liams Wool is of­fi­cially launched at the Wil­liams Wool­shed, link­ing fash­ion back to the farm.

A fire at Bal­lard's Hay causes $2 mil­lion dam­age.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

NAIDOC week fea­tured nu­mer­ous new events in 2018.

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