A look back on the year that was

Robert Dougherty and Sy­narah Mur­phy re­cap some of the events that made news in 2018.

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Homes to lift in­de­pen­dence Forty homes worth about $18 mil­lion were an­nounced to be re-pur­posed into tran­si­tional hous­ing in South Hed­land by the State Gov­ern­ment. The ex­pan­sion of gov­ern­ment-owned hous­ing in the Pil­bara is part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Af­ford­able Hous­ing Ac­tion Plan, funded through the North­West Abo­rig­i­nal Hous­ing Fund.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley, who vis­ited the town, said the aim was to help Abo­rig­i­nal fam­i­lies achieve eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence by pro­vid­ing hous­ing op­tions. Ef­fort you can’t rub­bish

A squeaky clean crew from BHP took out the an­nual South Hed­land Street Blitz Com­pe­ti­tion for 2018 col­lect­ing more than 250kg of lit­ter be­tween eight peo­ple.

Seven teams from across the town took part in the com­pe­ti­tion, orig­i­nally mod­elled on the pop­u­lar TV show Back­yard Blitz, by Care For Hed­land En­vi­ron­men­tal As­so­ci­a­tion to help pro­mote town pride and neighbours work­ing to­gether.

Guest judge from Stephen Daw­son’s elec­torate of­fice Tri­cia Heb­bard said it was an im­pres­sive ef­fort, with 1318.67kg of lit­ter gath­ered in less than five hours. FIFO camp cleared

Port Hed­land coun­cil­lors ret­ro­spec­tively ap­proved a 256-per­son Wodg­ina Fly Camp, 120km south of Port Hed­land.

The de­ci­sion, which orig­i­nally failed to find a sec­ond at June’s coun­cil meet­ing, was moved again by Cr Julie Arif and sec­onded by deputy mayor Louise New­bery be­fore be­ing passed five-to-one at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing.

Cr Arif said while there were no coun­cil­lors in sup­port of FIFO camps, it was re­quired in this case be­cause any re­fusal would be over­ruled. MinRes tech­ni­cal ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Ti­mothy Ber­ry­man said the camp was tem­po­rary. Fixer Yurye­vich steps in

Port Hed­land coun­cil­lors ap­proved for­mer Kal­go­or­lie mayor Ron Yurye­vich to step in as a local gov­ern­ment men­tor af­ter al­most a year of quar­relling among coun­cil­lors and be­tween the coun­cil and the Town’s ex­ec­u­tive.

The de­ci­sion to ap­point Mr Yurye­vich, who was rec­om­mended to the role by the Depart­ment of Local Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries, was passed seven votes to one.

The Town had 41 Depart­ment of Local Gov­ern­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the past four years — the third-high­est in WA ac­cord­ing to fig­ures tabled in Par­lia­ment.


May­gar’s dual role opens up ca­reer path for clever dogs Hed­land po­lice dog May­gar paved the way for six new ca­nine teams to join the front lines of the WA Po­lice. WA’s first dual gen­eral pur­pose and nar­cotics dog and his han­dler Const. Tom Gryta made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions since ar­riv­ing in the Pil­bara in Septem­ber 2017.

The pair no­tably searched ve­hi­cles dur­ing ma­jor traf­fic op­er­a­tion Wis­te­ria in April, seiz­ing more than 400g of cannabis and methy­lam­phetamine from a 26-year-old man in South Hed­land dur­ing June, and hunted out a 43-year-old Hed­land man hid­ing in man­groves af­ter a po­lice pur­suit in March. Spree at­tract­slarge crowds

Bustling crowds, stilt walk­ers, rides, ac­ro­bats and fire­works were all the rage at this year’s Spinifex Spree Car­ni­val. Res­i­dents poured in from South and Port Hed­land for the Town of Port Hed­land’s “Royal Show” ex­pe­ri­ence on Fri­day, July 27, and Satur­day, July 28.

A spec­tac­u­lar fire show lit the night on the first day, with at­ten­dees pe­rus­ing the mar­kets, food trucks and sideshow al­ley along­side stilt walk­ers.

Mu­sic by Josh Thomas, Mikey Smith, Clews, Maddy Jane, Koy Smith, Eliza & The Delu­sion­als and DJ Turtz flooded the turf club oval — capped off with an enor­mous fire­works dis­play. Clon­tarf comes to Hed­land

An in­au­gu­ral Clon­tarf Academy was an­nounced as a po­ten­tial per­ma­nent fix­ture in the Hed­land com­mu­nity from the start of the next school year, ac­cord­ing to Clon­tarf Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ger­ard Nee­sham.

The not-for-profit pro­gram aims to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion, dis­ci­pline and life skills of young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der men through lead­er­ship, em­ploy­ment, sport­ing and recre­ational pro­grams.

Sim­i­lar acad­e­mies have run na­tion­ally for years, with a West Kim­ber­ley Clon­tarf Academy es­tab­lished in 2006 for Broome Se­nior High School and St Mary’s Col­lege in Broome.


New fa­cil­ity a big ch a n g e En­vi­ron­ment and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son and Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco opened the first Chang­ing Places Fa­cil­ity in the Pil­bara.

The spe­cially mod­i­fied toi­let block fo­cused on sup­port­ing res­i­dents with a dis­abil­ity was of­fi­cially opened at South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre. Keen char­ity sup­porter and Hed­land icon Hed­land res­i­dents gath­ered to re­mem­ber the life of prom­i­nent com­mu­nity mem­ber Cathy Spit­tler, 78, at a re­mem­brance ser­vice.

Ms Spit­tler was known for her keen cro­chet work, beloved col­lec­tion of more than 12,000 or­na­men­tal spoons and work as a Port Hed­land RSL com­mit­tee mem­ber along­side late hus­band and for­mer pres­i­dent Franz. Robert Spit­tler, her son, said she was known by many through­out town for her char­ity work and at so­cial func­tions with her late sis­ter Heather Ellery. Paramedics claim top gong

Hed­land’s paramedics scooped the ca­reer sub cen­tre of the year award dur­ing the An­nual St John Awards at Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The hon­our was be­stowed on Hed­land’s 2 Quin­inup Way cen­tre for demon­strat­ing the har­mo­nious and ef­fec­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween paramedics and vol­un­teers.

Hed­land sta­tion man­ager Phil Stanaitis said his team were al­ways will­ing to go above and be­yond in their ded­i­ca­tion and con­tri­bu­tions.


Live cat­tle ship­ment bound for In­done­sia Hed­land’s first live ex­port ship­ment for this sea­son of­fi­cially set sail with car­rier MV Devon Express mak­ing its way to In­done­sia with 2714 head of cat­tle.

The live cat­tle de­parted from the Port of Port Hed­land with 400 tonnes of fod­der on their 31⁄2-day trip to Pan­jang Port in In­done­sia.

The load­ing process was made eas­ier with the use of the Port of Port Hed­land’s cus­tom-built cat­tleload­ing ramp. Tidy Town re­sult re­wards hard work Hed­land won the lit­ter preven­tion and waste man­age­ment cat­e­gory in WA’s an­nual Tidy Towns Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Awards and was a fi­nal­ist in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity cat­e­gory.

It took the spot­light in an awards cer­e­mony hosted by Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful WA in Perth’s Kings Park on Septem­ber 21.

The town was also one of six com­mu­ni­ties along­side Col­lie, Green­bushes, Mar­garet River, Wa­roona and West Arthur in the run­ning for the ti­tle of the State’s over­all win­ner — which was won by Col­lie. Hed­land honours po­lice of­fi­cers for sac­ri­fice Hed­land’s men and women on duty gath­ered with res­i­dents for Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day at South Hed­land Po­lice Sta­tion.

Dur­ing the speeches, poem-read­ing and wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony, 789 Aus­tralian po­lice of­fi­cers killed on duty were re­mem­bered for sac­ri­fic­ing their lives in the line of duty since 1989.

The cer­e­mony was di­rected by Act­ing Sen. Sgt Jayd Mo­rawski with a wel­come to coun­try by Al­fred Barker and open­ing ad­dress by East Pil­bara District In­spec­tor Craig Parkin.

Mem­ber for Pil­bara Kevin Michel, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nahMacTier­nan and Trans­form­ing Agri­cul­ture pro­gram­man­ager Chris Schelfhout.

Res­i­dents and of­fi­cers at South Hed­land Po­lice Sta­tion.

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