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Newman News July2016 edition - local stories, news, sports, calendar of activities for Newman, Western Australia. Newman Mainstreet Project's Newman News is proudly supported by BHP Billiton.

Text of Newman News July 2016 Edition


    July 2016, Issue 166

    NEWMANPO Box 618, Newman WA 6753 | | Ph/Fax (08) 9177 8290

    ABN 16 009 425 564 |

    The objective of the Newman Mainstreet Project is to involve the community in projects or events that promote community cohesion, development and identity. The Newman Mainstreet Project also encourages a community based coordinated approach to improve the economic, social & physical environment. To get involved call: 9177 8290

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    The Filipino Association of Newman celebrated the 118th anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day in June. Members and guests enjoyed musical performances by the members of the association, as well as dance numbers highlighting the talent of the community.

    The central attraction was the array of Filipino fashion showcased on the runway. The men donned the Barong Tagalog and the women Barot Saya. Three variations of this dress were worn on the runway. Ethnic fashion was also represented such as the mountain provinces of The Cordillera, along with the Muslim silk fabrics from the Mindanao region. The clothes worn were woven by locals in the Philippines.

    The 118th Philippine Independence DayBy Angel Omo

    The Philippine Independence Day celebrates the camaraderie and ingenuity of Filipinos. What better way to show this than a fashion show!

    Proceeds from the evening went towards the Newman Senior High School Country Week.

    The programme and production were organised by Neil Geganzo. The Filipino Association acknowledge their sponsors; the Shire of East Pilbara, Woolworths Newman, Whaleback News Agency, Newman Visitor Centre, and the Asian Merchant Shop.

    Photographs by Kevin Mitchell Chasing Stars

    Above: Lina Benette, wearing a glamorous Mestiza dressTop Right: Rose, President of the Filipino Association of Newman, and Joi OmoMiddle Right: Guests enjoying Filipino food and entertainmentBottom Right: Chloe Egan wearing a colourful Muslim costume; and Clint Hammond wearing a Malong, a Muslim attireAll photographs by Kevin Mitchell Chasing Stars


    Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (TSW) 2 day course

    Infant and Preschool Aquatics (INF) 1 day course

    Six participants are required for this course to go ahead. Without qualified teachers, there will be fewer options for swimming through school and Shire lessons.

    Flexible work hours available.

    For more details contact Newman Aquatic Centre 08 9175 2145

    There is a drastic State-wide shortage of Swim Teachers. Teachers are needed for Learn to Swim lessons this coming summer. WHEN: TSW Sat 10 - Sun 11 Sept INF Mon 12 Sept

    WHERE: Newman Aquatic Centre

    COST: Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety $378.00 Teacher of Infants and Preschool Aquatics $ 275.00



    Enquire now for more course information and about summer employment with the Shire of East Pilbara. Flexible work hours available.

    For more details contact Newman Aquatic Centre 08 9175 2145

    COST: $260.00 includes pool entry and learning resources. Already have a lifeguard qualification and want to keep it up to date? Requalify on 18 September for only $135.00 (PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY 1 SEPT)

    Hard working, enthusiastic and love being outdoors? Great people skills, quick decision maker, and able to take initiative? If this sounds like you, Newman Aquatic Centre is seeking Lifeguards for the summer season. Seasonal part-time contracts and Casual work available for the right candidates.

    WHEN: 17 -18 September 2016 TIME: 9:00am to 5:00pm WHERE: Newman Aquatic Centre

    Rogers Place, Newman

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    Festivals Set for this YearAs well as enjoying the Fortescue Festival weekend held by the Newman Lions Club between 19 and 22 August and its co-existing events including speed boats and horse races, Newman residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the Outback Fusion Festival between 23-25 September. It will be hosted by the Shire of East Pilbara thanks to funding from Tourism WA under the Regional Events Scheme and the major supporter, BHP Billiton. This three day event will see music and dance performances, and art and cooking events, along with local talent being showcased. Local groups and individuals wishing to be involved in the Outback Fusion Festival may contact the Shire on 9175 8000 or

    Swimming Instructors and LifeguardsThere is a national shortage of qualified swimming instructors. Newman has not been immune to this. The Newman Aquatic Centre wishes to encourage residents to gain qualifications to teach and/or undertake lifeguard work. Classes are being offered on 10-11 September (teacher of swimming and water safety); 12 September (infant and preschool aquatics); and 17-18 September for pool lifeguards. Classes are dependent on the number of registered participants. Interested people are asked to contact the pool on 9175 2145 or

    New Artist in Residence AnnouncedThe Shire of East Pilbaras Artist in Residence programme, now in its third year, remains one of the highest residencies in the country providing a $15,000 prize with a budget of $40,000. The 2016 winner is Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya who has held other residencies and workshops in several African countries including Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria, along with the Netherlands, Brazil and Bolivia and in his home country of USA. Akirashs artistic avenues include sculpture, painting, performance art, installations, video, and body painting. Previous winners of this award include Hannah Quinlivan (2014) and Yasuaki Onishi (2015). Akirashs theme this year is Light. He will be at the Fortescue Festival and be running workshops in Newman, Marble Bar and Nullagine.

    Librarys Temporary ClosureWith the Shire of East Pilbara taking over the running of Newmans library, it is undergoing some major upgrades with the additional inclusion of an art room. While these renovations are taking place, the library will be temporarily closed until 6 July. It will reopen on 7 July with special activities in honour of NAIDOC Week including Indigenous story time and craft between 9 and 11 am.

    Banner on the TerraceAs mentioned in the June edition of Newman News, the winning banner design for the Shire of East Pilbaras representation at the Banner on the Terrace display on St George and Adelaide Terrace in Perth was by Georgie McInerney. Her design was painted onto the full sized banner with the help of community and school groups, and long time residents. Shire President, Lynne Cragie, marked the design with her footprint.

    Shopping CentreAs mentioned in previous editions of Newman News, the new retail facility is a 4,000sqm shopping centre located in the Newman Town Centre. It is a partnership between St Bartholomews House and BHP Billiton Iron Ore. St Barts is using the $30 million provided by BHP Billiton to build and manage the retail facility and then use the operating profits to provide future support to the community. The building is taking shape and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Tenants are currently in negotiations and securing places for their shops with rumours running rife of what they might be. Stay tuned.

  • In early June, twenty-five Martu and ten people from Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, Martumili Artists, the National Museum of Australia (NMA), the Prime Minister and Cabinets office, and Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) went on a seven day trip out on Martu country.

    The aim of the trip was to visit sites along part of the Minyipurru (Seven Sisters) song line, located north of Punmu. During the trip oral histories of peoples pujiman (bushman) travels through the area were recorded, while Martu artists who were participating in the trip painted works focusing on the country, the Minyipurru or the trip itself. The inclusion of younger rangers on the trip not only provided the women rangers with a chance to run a long trip independently of the male ranger groups but also provided opportunities for the elders to pass knowledge and stori