This is where your positive and constructive ideas can help build a prosperous, harmonious and forward thinking community. The KT ask for your help and invite your suggestions.

In the new Kalbarri lets join together and make HATE, greed and malicious gossip a common enemy. It would be a major, MAJOR step forward for Kalbarri and help show the world we care and truly want to unite our community.

For those who believe greed, hate and malicious gossip is an acceptable behaviour Bob Dylan has a message for you; "Get out of the new world if you can't lend a hand, for the times they are a changing".

The KT will continue while greed, hate and its supporters continue in Kalbarri. The KT believe Kalbarri deserves better and this sort of destructive behaviour is no longer acceptable in the New Kalbarri.

To be continued.


This message received 7th Nov.2008

"Please find the Town Talk article you requested attached.  I hope that your website will be an organ of reconciliation and up-building!



A Christian Comment

Dear Kalbarri friends,

The last few weeks have been a topsy-turvy and heated time in the life of Kalbarri.  It has certainly given everyone plenty to talk about!  But with all of the events and goings on it is really quite difficult to make heads or tails of everything.  Although in all of this the fastest spreading fire has been the rumours spreading around town. 

Folks, the nature of events such as these are that there is a confused mix of people, motives and actions knotted throughout.  It is often like a carpet, we can all see the pattern on top, but it is weaved by many different threads.  So when we speak to each other about these things we must be exceedingly careful about what we say. 

It is very easy to take something that we see or hear and pass it on assuming that we, or that our sources have all the right information.  Yet mere opinion is quite different from substantiated fact and will usually say more about the teller than the doer.  I am sure that we all know the pain and anger that is caused when we ourselves have been misrepresented and gossiped about.  It is not at all pleasant and unrestrained will split a community like a wedge. 

The sad thing about this gossip is that it is so unsettling and does nothing to bring the perpetrators of wrong to justice (in fact it usually hampers efforts to do so).  So much dust is thrown that the reality of the situation is obscured.  Ironically to chew over partial (or imagined truths) is the weak way out of any dilemma.  It is a much braver stance to check the reported facts and where facts are found to then entrust them to those charged by our community to enforce the law.  It is only by this route that the welfare of our town will be protected.

Friends, at the end of the day the answer to the problems facing our community begin and end with the only person you or I can control; ourselves.  I cannot change your behaviour or thought in any meaningful way, neither can you change mine.  But what I can do is ensure that my thought processes, speech and behaviour are life affirming, lawful (in all ways, not just the 'big' bits, or the bits I like) and loving.  This means that wrong doing will have no place in my life.  If this is the character and intention of us all then there will be no place for wrong to take hold and breed within Kalbarri.  You and I have then the privileged role to encourage each other to this way of thinking and living, to be building up rather than tearing down.  Changing the one person we can change rather than concentrating on what we cannot.

I am sad that I felt compelled to write this way.  But the resilience of our town and its ability to productively work through unsettling times will be determined by the integrity of its members; you and I.  Let us not be dragged by rumour and mere opinion into helplessness but be a part of the solution through a lifestyle that leaves no place for wrong to breed.


Rev Matt Brain
September 2008

KT Comment:  Thanks Mat for your very positive and constructive comments. The KT believe the 'Rebirth' of our community is now well under way as new and well informed people arrive to join those of us who, leading by example are gradually encouraging others to take part in the up-building process.


We received the following e-mail from a person who thought its message may be helpful to our cause. We found a number of profound messages in the text and are grateful to receive it and happy to add it to our Rebirth chapter.

How to Dance in the Rain
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'He smiled as he patted my hand and said,'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'True love is neither physical, nor romantic.True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message. This one I thought I could share with you.The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.'Life isn't about how to survive the storm,But how to dance in the rain.'

We are all getting OlderTomorrow may be our turn.


The Honours List

The KT publish the achievements of people who unselfishly give their time and energy to help better the lives of others, this is mostly volunteer work. We believe that these caring people need to have their efforts acknowledged and listed in something more than a once off news paper or community publication. This list of community minded genuine people is now on the www. for all the world to see and continue to praise as we at the KT do.

The 2008 Pride of Australia. (Sunday Times, Oct.12, 2008)

Congratulations to Kirsty Sinclair for being awarded the 2008 Pride of Australia medal for her work with the youth of Kalbarri. Kirsty is a leader in our community, giving her time and energy to help the kids develop into caring unselfish adults and for that the KT honour her as well.

The WA Seniors Award 2008 (Mid West)

Congratulations to Iris Annear for winning this most prestigious community award. She is one of our greatest community volunteers and has been for as long as we all can remember. The KT will do its bit to keep the recognition of receiving this very honourable award alive for years to come.

The Business Participation Award (WA)

Congratulations to Iris Annear for the second time this year. This is another award presented to Iris, this time in recognition of her work as a senior in a community organisation who shows leadership, dedication and commitment, developing programs for the wellbeing of seniors in her community. You are a respected member of our community Iris and we at the KT wish to offer our heart felt thanks for the volunteer work you do as another community leader.

The Dept. of Education "Recognition Award" 2008.

Congratulations to Olivia Nye, (Angel to some) for being awarded the Recognition Award WA for her work at our District High School canteen. Olivia has worked tirelessly to better the operations of the school canteen. Olivia is one of those silent achievers who goes about helping others in a very positive manner, always with a good word and a smile when you meet her. The KT applaud her for all she does for our community as she is also seen as one of our dearest community leaders. Thanks Olivia, your good will is now on record for all the world to see.

Australian Fire Service Medal

Congratulations to Stanley (Stan) Sutherland for receiving this most prestigious award.
Stan moved to Kalbarri in the 1970's where he joined the Kalbarri Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. He became Captain of the Brigade in 1990 and also became a Fire Control Officer for the Shire of Northampton. In 1998 Stan became the Captain of the Kalbarri Fire and Rescue Brigade which included a Road Accident Rescue and Hazardous Material capability. Stan is highly respected by the community and is seen as a positive role model. He has never sought recognition for his voluntary community work, just another one of those quiet achievers. Thank you Stan for all you have done for our community.

Recognition of a Proud Australian

Name - Leonard John Mitchell.
Borne - 06 / 01 /1941 Eugowra NSW.

Record of Volunteer Community Service in Kalbarri.

3 Years Vice President of Kalbarri Sea Search and Rescue.
18 Months Registrar & Scorer PCYC Air Rifle Club.
Communications for F.E.S.
6 Year Driver for Silver Chain & Medical Centre.
10 Years President K.A.D.A.
Produced Memorial Rose Garden.
Produced Memorial Wall.
Procured Naval AA Gun for Kalbarri War Memorial
10 Years sold Poppies for RSL.
6 Years sold Xmas Puddings for Legacy.
Raised funds for 20 State, National & International flags
Raised funds for Tsunami Appeal.
Raised funds for Midwest Caledonian Pipe & Drum Band.
6 Years trained CALM Bushrangers for Anzac Day Ceremony.
10 Years Organised and ran Anzac Day Parade.

Awarded the Naval Board Commendation for action during an explosion of gun off Vietnam Coast in 1969 aboard HMAS Brisbane. Member of the RSL for 15 years. Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Serviceman since 2005. And to be able to help others LEN completed 2 courses;  Pensioner Advocates Course on Service Pensions and Disability Claims and a Pensioner Advocates Course on War Widows Claims. He also completed several First Aide Courses.

We believe this person is worthy of inclusion in our Honours List because of what he has personally contributed to the Kalbarri Community. Like others he has never asked for or received any appropriate recognition.
Len is one very proud Australian who goes about his volunteer work in Kalbarri without the need for praise.
His record would humble many. The KT honour him and thank him for his ongoing unselfish commitment to help others.


- Kalbarri Old Bastards -

Another great example of the goodwill that some genuine and caring people show for their community and also for others/strangers living in other parts of Australia.

The KT thank all members of this association for their unselfish efforts to bring help and happiness to others and in particular we acknowledge the work the Kalbarri Branch does to bring harmony and unity to our community. The KT hope their caring becomes contagious.

We add this copy of minutes to our www. web site to broadcast your names to the world simply because we believe you deserve maximum, ongoing praise for what you do. Thank you one and all !

Kalbarri Branch of the Australian Order of Old Bastards.

Minutes of Meeting held on 19th July, 2009 after the AGM

Meeting Opened:        Outgoing Vice President Iris opened the meeting at 4.35pm and welcomed the new office bearers:
President:  Derek Painter    
Vice President:  Gerry  Pino
2nd Vice President:   Genny Hennessy
Treasurer:    Norma Fairham
Secretary:    Nona Painter

Members Present:        28 members recorded their names and signatures in the Attendance Register.

Show Cards:        All members showed cards -  No fines
Apologies:        John Link    Len & Freda Krakouer    Beryl Taylor     Shayne Swanson:  Betty Russell    Derek Painter.
Accepted:   Sue Fawcett              Seconded:   Tony Fairham       Carried  
Welcome visitors:        Nil
Minutes of  Previous Meeting:
Accepted by:  
Alcida                    Seconded by:  Yvonne         Carried
Business Arising from the Minutes:
Social  Committee:
Genny Hennessy
:         Due to family commitments  Genny is unable to continue with  her role in the Social committee, but will assist when needed.  There is currently $1,000 in the funds as at the start of this meeting and Genny will collect $2 from each member today, plus arrears from May Meeting.
Sue Fawcett: Moved we elect a Social Organiser.       Seconded : Iris Annear
Deborah Williams, Debbie Paton, Alcida Link and Phil Kerr  were elected to organise. and will call on other members for help and support when needed.   Carried
called for a vote of thanks to Genny for her work with the Social Committee.


        AOOB cheque covering our cheque for  $700 to St John's Ambulance
        Kalbarri Health Centre Auxiliary - Thank you for our donation of  $700 
        St John's Sub- Centre- Thank you for our donation of $700
        AOOB  confirming 2 memberships   received
        AOOB confirming 8 memberships received

        St Johns Sub Centre - our cheque for $700
        Kalbarri Health Centre Auxiliary - our cheque for $700
        Blue Screen Print - Faxed letter confirming order/ Stubby holders
   Moved:          Neville Clifton      Seconded:           Yvonne:    Carried
 Norma Fairham presented the Treasurer's report: 
@ end of June: $390.14cr - plus memberships $120.00
Credit: $2,925 .09 less $120.00 to AOOB  for memberships
 New Balance:  $2,805.09                                                                
We enrolled 106 new members in the 2008-9 financial year., a total of $1,590-00. This amount is all donated to Westmead Children's Hospital
The aluminium can collection raised  $1,325.70.
Finlays raffles raised $10,862.95; Stubby Holder sales $1,526.
Accepted:   Sandi Pino   Seconded: Jeff Cartledge.
Total donations for the year were $13,100.
These donations were made to the following:
$500 -  Kalbarri Cricket Club:       $400 -  Kalbarri Health Centre Auxiliary; 
$3,000  - Victorian bushfires;         $3,000 - Queensland floods;
$1,000 -  Bridgetown bushfires;     $1,000 - Kalbarri Anzac Assoc.;
$1,000 - Kalbarri Health Centre;        $1,000 - Kalbarri  School;    
$1,000  - Kalbarri Sports & Rec    $700 -  Kalbarri St Johns Sub-Centre;
$500 -  Westmead  Children's Hospital.
Accepted: Mary Jones     Seconded : Alcida Link       Carried

General Business:
Tony  Fairham: 
We need a new sub-Committee to plan activities for the Social Calendar.
Genny Hennessy:  Due to family commitments is unable to be on this committee but will help whenever required. There is currently $1,000 in the Social Club funds.
We will continue to collect $2 from members for each attendance at meetings.
Tony: we need to keep our presence at Finlays so we can take advantage of Garry's offer for us to run our raffles from there.  We should have all of our meetings there except in School holidays.
 Fund raising committee to coordinate raffles which may include Mothers' Day, Melbourne Cup ,Sausage Sizzle etc.                
Sue Fawcett:   We need to elect a Social Organiser.
 Iris Annear: This is too much for one person, can we have volunteers to share the role?.
Deborah Williams, Debbie Paton, Phil Kerr, and Alcida Link volunteered and were elected as the Social Organisers. They will call on other members as required.  Alcida will liaise with Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton regarding coming entertainment.  We will need a roster to help share the work load, selling tickets etc.
Debbie& Deborah suggested that at our monthly meeting we should decide on a fundraiser and members can volunteer their services.
Tony:  Gary was looking into putting in an audio system.  Proposed Iris: that we purchase a battery operated microphone - for our use only     Seconded: Sue Fawcett   Carried
Cans collection: Half a tonne stockpiled @ sixty cents per kg.  Tony will draw up a new schedule. Volunteers' names recorded 
Apologies for next meeting :  Genny Hennessy; Barry  Lee; Sue and Chris Fawcett
Helen Kenny: Suggests we have caps made advertising AOOB of Kalbarri
Action: Norma to check with Blue Screen Print on prices, design etc. Carried
Rhythms of Ireland at Queen's Park Theatre early September
Gerry Pino: will research getting wines at a cheaper price.
Meeting Closed: 5.15pm

Next Meeting
: Sunday August 16th    at 4.00pm  Finlays Fish BBQ 

A/President                                        Secretary

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The KT make our web site available to the Kalbarri OB's to use for their reports or advertising.


The KT have been forwarded a copy of a letter/e-mail addressed to the KOB's. We add this to our "Rebirth" page as a classic example of how KARMA works, what you give out comes back. For taking the time to write a thank you note expressing their gratitude their note and their name, Kleenheat Gas Kalbarri (KGK) is now advertised on the WWW. world wide web. The KT thank the owners of KGK for giving us something to show the old Kalbarri just how easy it is to give out good Karma. Just another example of how the Kalbarri community is changing for the better, keep up the good work.

From Kleenheat Gas Kalbarri.

"Hi Everybody,

Thank you for letting us come along today to personally thank the Kalbarri Old Bastard's for their sponsorship towards the 4 Community Art workshops, at the School Art Workshops.
Also of course the very successful Art Exhibition held at the Kalbarri School last Monday evening.

The Old Bastard's were the first organisation to donate monies towards our workshops and exhibitions which allowed us to order art supplies prior to the commencement of the workshops.

The Kalbarri Old Bastard's donation funded the cost of the Paint, Canvases, Crockery etc... for the Community Workshops, It also helped pay for all the Boomerangs (300) painted by the Kalbarri Students from Pre Primary to Years older and for other incidentals incurred in holding the Exhibition.

From what feedback we have received it seems that the Workshop and exhibition were a huge success and we would like to hold a similar event some time next year.

On behalf of all the participants that benefited from your generous donation we would like to present the Kalbarri Old Bastard's with this Certificate of Appreciation.

In addition we, as Kleenheat Gas Kalbarri, would like to extend our Seniors Discount Rate for purchasing LPG Domestic Cylinders to all Old Bastard's Members.

Kleenheat Gas Kalbarri, has also purchased a BBQ, (gas and bottle to be supplied by us), for any organisation, Seniors/Old Bastard's etc to use at any fundraising events or functions that you require it for.
Please ring  us to arrange time and date."

End of note.


Kalbarri Chapter of the Australian Order of Old Bastards.

Pictures below.
  3 Kalbarri
   4 Council
   5 Councillor
   6 Kramer
   7 Notices
 8 Emails
  The Kalbarri OB's building
   a shelter at the cemetery.
The Kalbarri OB's laying turf
and pavers at the Medical Centre.
The Kalbarri OB's putting up
a fence at the Medical Centre
"My Name is Rose...........                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       .                 The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.   I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.   She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?'   I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of course you may!' and she gave me a giant squeeze.   'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I asked.    She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...'   'No seriously,' I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.   'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.   After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.   We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..   Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.   At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.   Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know'.   As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.   There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humour every day.. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.   We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!   There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.   If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.   Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.  Have no regrets.   The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets'.   She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose'.   She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.  At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.   One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.   Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.   These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.   REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.   God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.   'Good friends are like stars..... ....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there'."

Yet another of those very meaningful messages someone e-mailed in to the KT web site.
We thank the unknown author for sharing his/her experience.
Allow sincerity and kindness guide you in the new Kalbarri.

The Brendas'
A families way of honouring and keeping alive the memory of their most precious possession, their late daughter Brenda Brockwell 1964 - 2008.

"The Brendas' Community Awards" is sponsored by Brenda's parents Jack and Joyce Simpson. The aim is to recognise and reward community members who, like their late daughter go above and beyond to assist others while helping to make Kalbarri a better place.

The 2009 Winners of this most prestigious Community Award are:-

Primary, Year 1-7                Fraser Scott.

Secondary, Year 8-12        Emma Parker.

Adult, 26-54 yo.                Brian Baker

Senior, 55+                        Jan Cruickshank & Len Mitchell

The KT would also like to congratulate these 5 community minded people for winning their category because of their unselfish commitment to help others.

The KT also recognise the work Lisa Currie put in to help make this all happen.

Thanks to Jack and Joyce, may the memory of Brenda live on in Kalbarri.

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