A look back on the year that was
Robert Dougherty and Synarah Murphy recap some of the events that made news in 2018.
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.