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Bush battle
❚ Outrage over plans to clear Binningup bushland
By JEFFREY KITT

PRIME bushland and its precious ecosystem
will be decimated if plans to clear land to make
way for a housing development in Binningup go
ahead, according to a Bunbury councillor.
Bunbury councillor Brendan Kelly said he will
protest and even picket to save the bush at the
proposed development site.
Real estate group Mirvac has cited 220 hectares
be converted to make room for 3,500 to 4,000
new residents in the next level development of
Lakewood Shore.
Cr Kelly said more than 80 per cent of bushland
throughout the Swan Coastal Plain – on which
the proposed site sits – had already been cleared
for urban developments and he could not stand to
lose more of the native environment.
“Our generation has to say enough is enough,”

he said.
“This is a viable ecosystem and people need to
stand up.”
About 100 people attended a public community
meeting held by Mirvac in Binningup last
Monday to discuss the development proposals.
The total land area of the proposal is about 220
hectares – the size of 176 cricket ovals – with
29.3 hectares to be reserved for residential development.
A Mirvac spokesperson said the Binningup
development had been granted approval by both
state and federal environmental bodies.
Cr Kelly said he believed housing developments should be located at sites of less detriment
to the natural environment.
“I have the long-standing view that the clearing
of bushland should cease, with housing develop-

ments to be built on land already cleared,” he
said.
“I question the morals of developers who continue to crib away on remnants of the Swan
Coastal Plain.”
After the public meeting, Cr Kelly took to his
Facebook page to vent his outrage over the bushland proposal.
“This is going to clear the bush of its habitat
and once you do that, the ecosystem is driven
away,” he said.
“If you take out the bushland, you cause local
extinction.”
Development within the southern portion of
Binningup has been overseen by the Shire of
Harvey since the late 1990s.
Plans are available for comment at the Shire of
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whale protesters
By JEFFREY KITT

A BUNBURY protester
detained onboard a
Japanese whaling ship
will be released within
days after a diplomatic
deal brokered between
the
Japanese
and
Australian governments.
Prime Minister Julia
Gillard has ordered
Australian customs vessel the Ocean Protector
to bring home local protester Simon Peterffy,
44, along with Geoffrey
Tuxworth, 47, and Glen
Pendlebury, 27.
The Ocean Protector
will rendezvous with
Japanese whaler Shonan
Maru 2 in the Southern
Ocean where the trio are
being held captive.
It is estimated that the
mission will cost taxpayer’s hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The trio have been
detained on the ship
since early Sunday
morning when they
clambered aboard under
the cover of darkness 22
miles north-west off the
coast of Bunbury.
The Forest Rescue
members were quickly
detained onboard the
ship as the whaler headed south and looked to
continue its voyage.
Mr Peterffy is a wellknown local activist hav-

ing
been
heavily
involved in the College
Grove and Chester Block
protests.
His latest stunt sparked
a major diplomatic incident between Australia
and Japan.
Prime Minister Gillard
described the actions of
the three West Australians as “unacceptable”.
“This sort of hazardous
protest action is not the
way to put an end to
whaling,” Ms Gillard’s
spokesperson said.
“[This] will ultimately
be
costly
to
the
Australian taxpayer.”
Mr Peterffy’s partner
Panda Broad said she
was relieved that the
prospect of 15 years
Japanese imprisonment
was eliminated.
“I am ecstatic, it should
have been done sooner
but this is a great result,”
she said.
International
law
experts have said the
activists could face a
range of charges and
may have even broken
Australian law.
❚ Coverage continues
on page 3.
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Miss Macmillan with a broken
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Miss Macmillan was jogging
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"I said no and tried to keep running – then I was knocked to the
ground," she said.
"I saw his feet in front of me and
then I was smacked in the head
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told her story to urge others to take
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"I was driving the other night at
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were two men involved in the
attack.
Another jogger discovered Miss
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called an ambulance.
She woke up in Bunbury
Regional Hospital crying out “I
don't have any money!”
Her attackers have not been
caught.
The former Bunbury Senior
High student said she would not
go anywhere by herself now and
worries the attack might hit her
harder if her memory returns.
Miss Macmillan cannot
remember anything that happened in the month leading
up to that day on June 13.
“I have lost a month of my
life and that is frustrating,”
Miss Macmillan said.
“‘Remember’ has become
my most hated word – my
friends keep asking me if I
remember this or that and I
have no idea.”
The young woman has

someone where they are going and
exercise in well-lit areas.
She attends physiotherapy once a
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South West Detectives officer-incharge senior sergeant John
Munday described the attack as
“opportunistic” and implored joggers to be more cautious.
“It is different running down
Ocean Drive which is lit and has
constant traffic as opposed to an
isolated track through sand dunes,”
he said.
Sergeant Munday said the investigation was still open.
Miss Macmillan described the
attacker as having sunken eyes,
scratches to his face, “really agitated” hands and wearing a grey
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protest at sea
THE Prime Minister’s
office slammed the
actions of the three antiwhaling protestors,
labelling them as "unacceptable" and warning
others who carry out
similar protests will be
“charged and convicted”.
The Prime Minister
praised the Japanese
government but commented that the actions
of the protestors would
“ultimately be costly to
the Australian taxpayer”.
Mr Peterffy’s partner
dismissed the Prime
Minister’s comments.

Roxon relieved
ATTORNEY-GENERAL
Nicola Roxon said she
was relieved that the three
Australian citizens would
return to the country.
"We are pleased that the
Japanese government has
made a decision that
these three men won't be
charged and will be
released," she told the
Nine Network.
"But we can't be confident that that will happen
next time if people take
action.
"Good diplomatic work
has delivered a good outcome."
Ms Roxon urged the
Japanese government to
return the men on Monday.
"We certainly are urging the Japanese government to use all their
authority to bring this to
a head quickly," she said.
"We believe it would be
in everyone's interests
for these men to be
released back into
Australian control and
we certainly will be
exploring those options.”

10 years of fighting
Reports by JEFFREY KITT

LONG before he was detained on
a Japanese whaling ship, local
man Simon Peterffy has been
protesting for environmental protection throughout the South West.
The 44-year-old father of two is
one of the driving forces behind
environmental group Forest Rescue
which has a long regional history
of public action.
Mr Peterffy first hit the headlines
in 1999 after he cuffed himself to
logging machinery during road
clearings in Northcliffe.
The dedicated environmentalist
turned his focus full-time to Forest
Rescue after he gave up a realty
career in 2008.
Mr Peterffy has since been heavily involved with both the College
Grove and Chester Block protests.
Mr Peterffy also has an army
background after he trained in
Duntroon for three years in his
early 20s.
The majority of Mr Peterffy’s current income is from donations to
the environmental group who
advise and assist others on non-violent direct action campaigning.
South West Environment Centre
spokesman John Sherwood has
worked closely with Mr Peterffy
over the years and said the headstrong protester would be coping
well under his current conditions.
“He’s a tough nut and I’m confident he will stick to his principles,”
he said.

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Bunbury conservationist Simon Peterffy (middle) has dedicated
more than a decade to environmental protests. He is pictured
with his two comrades from his latest anti-whaling protest,
Geoffrey Tuxworth and Glen Pendlebury. Picture courtesy of Sea
Shepherd.

“He’s got a good balance between
strong public action and willingness to compromise.
“The man has a lot of integrity.”
Mr Peterffy’s partner Panda Broad
said the protest was a success as it
garnered the nation’s attention.
“They were not there to harm and
if people aren’t aware [of whaling]
now, what else can be done?” she
said.
Ms Broad said that the onboard
detention would not deter Mr
Peterffy.
“You don’t stop working for the
earth, that’s his agenda in life,” she
said.
“They risked everything and I am
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People have the right to protest: Marino
FEDERAL Member for Forrest
Nola Marino said it was apt that
an incident which occurred off the
coast be decided in an Australian
court.
“From an incident which happened just off the Bunbury coast it
was unacceptable their fate could
have been decided 8000 kilometres away in a Japanese court,”
Mrs Marino said.

“People have the right to protest
about issues which they are passionate about and many people
have strong views about Japanese
whalers in Australian waters.

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December to warn a face-off
between protestors and the
Japanese whaling fleet was imminent.

“But people should expect their
rights as Australian citizens be
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“The Government’s inaction on
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years has led to this situation and
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legacy in 1904, but also
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“This chemist has
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said.
“I was blessed with
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years and the most magnificent staff.
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the world of retail and
chemist and eventually
graduated as a pharmacist.”
Mr Thomas said his
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changeover, which has
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“All the customers cannot believe I would
retire,” he said.
“Some see me in the
street and we have a
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friends.”
As the chemist officially changes name and
signage looks to disappear, Mr Thomas said he
was saddened to see the
name go.
Ever the optimist, Mr
Thomas looks upon his
successes and loyal
clientele that has been
built throughout the
years.
“I’m disappointed that
the name goes, but that’s
life,” he said.
“Business was my
hobby and my hobby
was my business.
“Everything turned out
perfect – I had a successful business, married
a doctor and had two
delightful kids.
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to the beginning, everything fell into place.”
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When the grandfather
of Gill Thomas launched
his own chemist on
Victoria Street more
than 100 years ago, little
did he know he would
begin a business legacy
in the town.
Three generations of
Thomas chemist have

graced the storefront as
the
pharmacy
has
become one of the city’s
longest-running businesses.
But as Gill Thomas
recently celebrated his
seventieth birthday, he
knew it was time for a
change.
The Thomas and Co
Chemist name will be no
longer, following a “big
transaction” with Perth
franchise
Wizard
Warehouse Pharmacy.
Although Mr Thomas
admits the goodbye has
been emotional, the
business veteran said he
had no regrets about the
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business in
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goodbye to the
family franchise
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But as JEFFREY
KITT found out, the
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Bunbury Mail, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Dr Wooltorton said the
future of the estuary had
reached a tipping point
with urbanisation and
reduced rainfall further
compounding the problem.
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community, and we all
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an important step forward.
“Understanding the values that are important to
the community will result
in better management
decisions and targeted
investment,” he said.
“I hope everyone will
take this opportunity to
have their say so that we
can work towards maintaining the community
values of the estuary for
this and future generations.”
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“As you can imagine, questions were flying and speculation was rife,” he said.
“Frantic searches of every
nook and cranny in the school
began and ex-staff and students have been contacted for
information.
“Suspicions have arisen that
there may have been two capsules, one for display and the
other buried.”
The missing time capsule is
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by gardens and bushland,
however no-one can definitely
state where.
The principal said the question was now not where to
look, but where to dig.
In the ensuing searches
throughout the school, past
pictures and video from the
school’s inception were discovered and will be featured
in the official celebrations on
September 14.
If you have information
about the time capsule or
would like to attend the milestone evening, contact the
25th celebration committee by
email at cpps25@hotmail.com
See Seddon.

Clifton Park Primary head
girl and boy Ryley Clarke
and Braydon Watkins were
surprised to discover the
time capsule, which was
buried 25 years ago, empty.

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Bunbury Mail, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

We are not a rubbish tip: Salvos
By JEFFREY KITT

DAMAGED donations to the Salvation
Army in the lead up to Christmas take
food away from the mouths of those less
fortunate in Bunbury.
This is the view of Salvation Army
major Trevor Wilson who slammed a
mass donation of “pure out-and-out rubbish” last Thursday.
A slew of damaged goods including
couches with cigarette burns and stained
mattresses would cost the charity an
estimated $160 to dispose.
“They’ve just used us as a dump,” Mr
Wilson said.
“Throwing it out is all we can do.
“It will take three trips out to the dump
to get rid of it all and that is hundreds of
dollars worth of food being taking out of
the mouths of those less fortunate.”
Mr Wilson said such donations were
rare but cost the local charity time and
effort.
“How anyone could think we could use
this stuff is outrageous.
“I’m speechless – I’ve never seen such
grotty stuff in all my life.”
Mr Wilson said the Salvation Army
relied on donations to help those worse

Salvation Army’s Major Trevor
Wilson has implored Bunbury to
donate useful items and not use
the charity as a “rubbish tip”.

off and encouraged Bunbury residents
to do the right thing before the holiday
period.
If you know of anyone dumping damaged goods to the Salvation Army, contact the local ranger.

Police would like to speak to the people captured in this CCTV footage.
Picture courtesy of GWN7.

Deliberate damage outrage
Real Estate

Peter Hayes
0427 428 358

BUNBURY police have
slammed the behaviour of
a group of youths who
caused more than $20,000
of deliberate damage on
the weekend.
Some of the culprits were
caught on CCTV, jumping
on vehicles at South West
Used Cars about 1.30am
on Saturday.
Bunbury police officerin-charge Sergeant Peter
Jenal said there was no

reason why young people
should behave this way.
“Their behaviour shows
they wanted to do deliberate damage,” Sergeant
Jenal said.
“There is no reason for it,
it is ridiculous and we will
be making every endeavour to find out who these
youths are.”
Call Crime Stoppers on
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Bunbury Mail, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

in brief

John
Castrilli
MLA

Intersection
upgrades

Time to have your say on Withers
There is still time for local residents to have their say in a
community survey and help shape the future of Withers.
With a range of positive features including close proximity
to the beach, schools, shops, sporting facilities and the
city centre, the suburb certainly has a lot of strengths
which can be built upon.
Several community events and information sessions have
already been held to gauge the views of local residents
and work on priorities for projects to improve the area.
A survey is also being done which aims to find out about
people’s favourite aspects of living in Withers and areas
where they think improvements can be made.
The survey can be completed online at
www.yoursaybunbury.com.au or for people without
internet access, paper copies of the survey are available
from John Castrilli’s office on 9791 3636.

DRIVERS are warned to
expect delays as the
upgrades of the
Koombana and Estuary
Drives intersection and
the Vittoria Road
entrance to Glen Iris
swing into gear this
month.
Main Roads will create
new signalised intersections at both sites.
The Koombana Drive
intersection will be
moved 30 metres further
away from Eelup
Roundabout to make
sure that vehicles turning
right into Estuary Drive
do not stack up at the
roundabout.
The project is scheduled for completion by
Christmas this year.
Drivers have been
asked to avoid the area
as there will be delays.
Information will be
provided on electronic
message signs as well as
at mainroads.wa.gov.au

Cultural parks in motion
By SHANELLE MILLER

IDEAS for Japanese and Chinesethemed installations on the
Leschenault Inlet have been sent
to leaders in Bunbury’s sister
cities to get the nod of approval.
A City of Bunbury trip to
Setagaya, Japan and Jiaxing,
China in June fuelled an interest in
creating a local symbol of the 20year relationship.
City staff was given the go-ahead
to put together concept plans for a
Friendship Park at Queens
Gardens late last month.
The park is expected to cost
$25,000 and would include a
Japanese garden and a Chinese
pergola.
The Queens Gardens precinct is
currently used by many clubs

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including the Bunbury Rowing
Club, the Bunbury Croquet Club
and the Bunbury Yacht Club as
well as the Stirling Street Arts
Centre, a skate park, a major
drainage retention basin and pump
and Cobblestone Street parking.
City of Bunbury director of
strategic integration Geoff Klem
said it was hoped the finalised
concept plans would be presented
to delegations from the two cities
when they visited Bunbury in
October.
“We want to be able to commemorate the long-standing relation-

ship with a tangible statement,”
Mr Klem said.
Mr Klem said it was very important to make sure the park was culturally appropriate in the eyes of
the sister city leaders to maintain
their strong relationship with
Bunbury.
The 20-year relationship with
Setagaya was founded on a promise to develop the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding
through exchanges of education,
culture, art and economics and to
contribute to world peace.
The partnership with Jiaxing was
established 12 years ago to make
links in economy, education,
trade, science and technology.
The Friendship Park would form
one part of the 10 precinct
Leschenault Inlet Masterplan.

All surveys must be returned by September 5

Business innovation funds
The latest round of the WA Innovation Vouchers Program
is now open and aims to encourage industry-led
innovation.
Already, several local businesses have benefited from the
first phase of the program.
Geographe Enterprises, Connop Metals, Bunbury
Engineering Network and BVA Metal Fabrication all
received grants earlier this year for new equipment and
software.
The grants help small to medium-sized enterprises to
grow their business with new innovations and responses
to market demands.
The State Government has already provided more than
$500,000 to WA-based SMEs and I urge interested
businesspeople to find out more.
Successful applicants can use the funding towards
research and development, product development,
technology transfer, intellectual property or
commercialisation support services.
For more information
www.innovation.wa.gov.au

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to

apply,

go

to

Ideas needed for estuary survey
A research team from Edith Cowan University’s Bunbury
campus are doing a survey of the Leschenault Estuary
and Inlet and need public help.
The study is looking at the future of the estuary and inlet,
and people’s attitudes towards different uses and
enjoyment of the area which spans Australind to Bunbury.

www.johncastrilli.com.au
Ph: 97913636 Fax: 97913313

2516873

An
online
survey
is
available
at
www.leschenaultproject.org.au or hard copies can be
obtained from the Bunbury ECU campus by calling
9780 7838.

Models turn to
acting
SUPERMODEL Megan
Gale is set to star next to
Bunbury model
Courtney Eaton in a
blockbuster movie.
This month it was
revealed Miss Eaton was
cast as a ‘fifth wife’ in
the film Mad Max: Fury
Road.
Megan Gale was
reported to start filming
in September.

A future on
the force
BUNBURY residents
who have dreamt of
being a police officer
have only days left to
enrol for the 2013 Cadet
traineeship program.
The traineeship offers
an early pathway into
WA police by preparing,
training and guiding
young people between
the age of 16 to 18.
Cadets will achieve a
certificate three in business studies.
For more information
go online to www.stepforward.wa.gov.au

Eight-year-old Patrick Majewski (centre) survived a horrific gorge accident and was left without
the use of his legs. He is pictured with siblings Izabel, 6, and Cameron, 4.

Community to help after family tragedy
By JEFFREY KITT

BUNBURY will rally to
assist a family affected
by tragedy after a harrowing
afternoon
robbed the Majewski’s
of a loving father and
their eldest son’s ability
to walk.
School teacher Chris
Majewski plunged to
his death after a desperate lunge to save his son
Patrick in the Karijini
National Park last
October.
Eight-year-old Patrick
survived the horrific
gorge incident but was
left without the use of
his legs.
Widowed
mother
Helen
Majewski
returned to Bunbury
with Patrick and his two
siblings in tow and said

Patrick’s positivity gave
her strength throughout
the ordeal.
“He is very positive
and getting stronger
every day,” she said.
“He undergoes rehabilitation during school
holidays, but every day
is rehab for us.
“The children go to
Cooinda
Primary
School and they have
been awesome – they
have done everything to
help.”
This year’s Triple Zero
Ball identified the
Majewski’s as a local
family in need and were
selected to benefit from
the funds raised at the
upcoming event.
Mrs Majewski was
overjoyed with the
pledge for support and

said the funds would
assist in medical costs
and renovating the
home to suit her paraplegic son’s needs.
Mrs Majewski told of
Patrick’s delight in
cooking and would
utilise any funding to
better equip the kitchen
to her son’s disability
and level the backyard
for all of her children to
enjoy.
“We have been lucky
to receive help from
people and it takes the
pressure off of me
financially,” she said.
“It’s very heartwarming to see there are lots
of lovely people in this
world.
“I’m just thankful and
it all helps.”
Triple Zero Ball coor-

ganiser Evelyn Brady
said she heard of the
family’s plight and
knew the committee had
to help.
“This is what emergency services are all
about,” she said.
“I
think
Helen
deserves this – it’s not
just for Patrick, but the
other two kids too.
“People need to understand this woman is caring for three children by
herself on a pension.”
Mrs Brady asked any
sponsors or contractors
interested in assisting
the renovation of the
family’s home to contact 0428 217 078.
The Triple Zero Ball
will be held on
September 22 at the
Lord Forest Hotel.

7

Bunbury Mail, Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Morrissey Homestead Incorporated is a Home and Community Care
(HACC) funded service. Our Vision is;

Vision Statement
To provide comprehensive services of a high standard of care, that
improves the quality of life for people and to maintain their relationship to
the community.
and our Mission is;

Mission Statement
Polercise WA owner Tracey Ecclestone has trained a team of aerial hoops instructors to offer the
new trend to Bunbury people in 2013. Pictured is Mrs Ecclestone (front) with instructors Tracey
Elphick, Jess Minchin, Marie Pepper, Jade Elwood and Lisa Turner.

Polercise gravitates to new level
The passionate instructor spent
many weekends travelling to Perth
to train with a circus team before
she brought a professional performer back to Bunbury to help her
train her local girls.
The new fitness trend saw her
expand her Polercise WA studio on
Rose Street to accommodate five
aerial hoops, raising the ceiling to

four metres to allow the hoops to
hang from above.
Mrs Ecclestone said once people
train to an advanced polercise level
they begin to seek other aerial challenges.
“Most polercise studios go on to
teach other aerial options like silks,
hoops and trapeze,” she said.
“So Bunbury be warned, an aerial
school is exploding into action
around the corner from you.”
Classes are booked out for the rest
of this year, but bookings will begin
again in 2013.

Rental price woes
By JEFFREY KITT

HIGH rental prices and a
shortage of affordable
options have been criticised for contributing to
cost of living pressures
for local residents.
Home rental prices
have remained steady in
the past property quarter
with an average weekly
price of $350 throughout
Bunbury suburbs.
South West MLC Adele
Farina said the 2011

Census revealed WA
households had faced the
highest national increase
in rental costs since 2006
– with prices jumping 76
per cent.
This is compared to the
national average of just
under 50 per cent over
the same period.
Ms Farina referenced a
report from the WA
Council
of
Social
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afford a basic standard of
living.
“The resilience of
households on low
incomes is of great concern, as tight budgets
and little or no capacity
to save means many
households are one
emergency or unexpected bill away from financial crisis.”
Real Estate Institute of
WA local chairwoman
Roslyn Ierace believed
rental prices were still
too high and expected
them to remain at similar
levels into next year.
“There is a shortage
issue of affordable
rentals in Bunbury,” she
said.
“$350 a week – unless
there are two people on
double incomes it is
tough to meet.
“The vacancies will
stay where they are but
the high priced rentals
may come down.”

Morrissey has a fleet of 10 vehicles to assist with delivery of services
consisting of 5 commuter buses all fitted with wheelchair hoists, 3 station
wagons, 1 hatchback and a VW Caddy. The Caddy is similar to a sedan
vehicle with the added benefit of wheelchair position in the back.
If you would like to know more about any of Morrissey Homestead’s
programs, please call Morrissey on 9725 4699.

Senior success
THE South West Seniors
Expo has been hailed
another success by
organiser Merv Mancer.
Mr Mancer estimated
about 9,000 people
attended the event on
Sunday.

Call Morrissey on 9725 4699
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A HUNGER for more breath-taking
challenges has spurred Bunbury’s
polercise fans to transition to aerial
hoops, giving local daredevils another unusual sport to grab on to.
The fitness trend of “gymnastics on
a vertical pole” came to Bunbury
when Polercise WA owner Tracey
Ecclestone introduced it to the city in
late 2009.
It took off like wildfire with local
women and has now attracted quite
a few men to learn the gravity-defying moves.

Mrs Ecclestone has now trained
many Bunbury women to an
advanced level and decided to introduce them to a new challenge –
hoops.

To assist Morrissey to provide services to the community, we have two
purpose built buildings, Leschenault Day Respite Centre located at Lot
42, Leisure Drive, Australind and our main location, Morrissey Day
Respite Centre, 123 South Western Highway, Bunbury. Both buildings
have been architecturally designed to enable full wheelchair/disability
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