Around West Arthur: Speed boat races and an open garden

West Arthur eXpression Exhibition

Come along and help celebrate the conclusion of WAX 17 with a display of photo stories in the Darkan Town Hall.

The hall opens at 5.30pm with food for sale and a small bar.

Come along and see some great local photos and enjoy an evening out.

Speed Boat Races

The West Australian Speed Boat Club annual race meeting will be held at Lake Towerrinning sun up to sun down Sunday October 15, with a practise session from 2.00pm Saturday October 14.

Lake Towerrinning will be closed to other boats during these times.

Members of the public are welcome to use the picnic facilities and the swimming area between the jetties.

Darkan Stormy Writers’ Group

Do you enjoy writing? Are you interested in forming a local writer’s group for inspiration, feedback and fun?

No committees, and no joining fees. Let Pam Stockley know on 9736 1780 or 0458 361 115 or email

Wide Open Agriculture Open Days

Wide Open Agriculture is hosting Open Days at their smart shade-house near Arthur River on Friday November 24 and Saturday November 25 from 10am to 3pm.

The day will be an opportunity for locals to visit this ambitious venture and ask questions about the set up and the wide range of vegetables and herbs grown there.

Check out their website at to find out about their set up.

West Arthur Council Elections

At the close of nominations Julie McFall, Kevin King, Marie Lloyd and Neil Manuel were elected for a four year term unopposed and Alan Blencowe was elected for a two year term unopposed. 

Oppy Shop News

The takings for September of $320 plus the CWA contribution of $500 from their great Bring n Buy stall will be sent to Alzheimer’s WA.

Money raised in October will be sent to Parkinson’s WA.

The Oppy Shop is a treasure trove of bits and bobs and is open on a Tuesday during school term from 10am to 4pm. It is situated on the Coalfields Highway in Darkan, next to the Roadhouse.

Open Garden

It’s that lovely time of year again when gardens are their most lovely and Spring Valley North will once again open their garden for viewing on Sunday October 22 from 9am to 4pm. Donations made on the day will go to Parkinson’s WA.

Health and Community Centre Building Update

The roof sheeting has been installed on the Health and Resource Centre extension, the electrical cabling has been completed, and the new entrance area is now open.

Now school holidays are over a larger team back on site with the rendering now commencing.

Community Gym

Memberships are now due for the West Arthur Community Gym.

If you want to be a member you can pay your membership online by logging onto the Shire of West Arthur website and following the steps through Registernow.

With a membership you can join in member led exercise classes for free and attend organised classes at a reduced fee. Your membership will ensure this community initiative stays viable and grows.

Fruit Fly Baiting

Fruit fly baiting started in Darkan on Monday October 9. Please notify the Shire if you do not want your trees to be baited or if you have planted any new fruit trees.

If you have any concerns, queries or special arrangements i.e. locked gates or pets contact the Shire office prior to the commencement of baiting.

The program the Shire is using a fruit fly baiting method not a spraying method. 

Baiting only requires one squirt onto the tree amongst the leaves, the female fly is then attracted to the high protein liquid.

If people see any fruit fly, or have any questions it would be greatly appreciated if they could contact the Shire on 9736 2222.