Around West Arthur: fun at Big Business Bash

Thanks to locals: At the Business Big Bash in Darkan were contributing businesses owners Craig Flintoff, Lehua Chiswell, Caroline Telfer and Pam Stockley. Photo: supplied.
Thanks to locals: At the Business Big Bash in Darkan were contributing businesses owners Craig Flintoff, Lehua Chiswell, Caroline Telfer and Pam Stockley. Photo: supplied.

Business Big Bash

The local West Arthur businesses celebrated Christmas with their customers just before Christmas at the Business Big Bash at the Darkan skate park. 

A lovely balmy night saw a big crowd enjoy a sausage sizzle and a few drinks. 

Drawn during the evening were the Shop Local incentive prizes with first prize going to Alex Prowse from Darkan, with the four subsequent prizes all won by people from Duranillin!

Australia Day Celebrations

The annual Australia Day celebrations at Lake Towerinning for the West Arthur community is on Friday, January 26. 

Come along at 8am for a cooked breakfast but please bring your own utensils, cups, plates and chairs.

Bendigo Scholarships

If you are going to university or TAFE for the first time in 2019 you are eligible to apply for a Bendigo Scholarship. 

Drop into the Bendigo agency in Darkan for more information or check out the website at bendigobank.com.au/scholarships.

Sheepfest Events

One of the new events at the 2019 Darkan Sheepfest is the Farmer Vs Footballer farm boot foot race. Sure to be lots of fun. 

Get along to the Sheepfest on Saturday, February 9 from 9.30am. Entry by gold coin donation. There will be sport shear competition, wool fashion parade, ewe hogget competition, market stalls and lots more.

Declared Pests Around

The public is asked to keep an eye out for unusual birds following recent confirmed sightings of house sparrows in Esperance and Boyup Brook.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Esperance-based biosecurity officer Darren Dixon said house sparrows were declared pests because they could cause serious damage to crops and compete with native birds. 

“Reports enable department biosecurity officers to act quickly, undertake surveillance and remove the birds, preventing them from establishing in the wild,” Mr Dixon said. 

A male house sparrow was recently photographed in Boyup Brook and was reported to the Blackwood Biosecurity Group who were able to locate and remove the birds.

A female house sparrow was also photographed in a bird bath near Esperance Port but has so far eluded capture.

Blood Testing Break

There will be blood testing in Darkan until Tuesday, January 29.

Shed Markets Start

The first Shed Market for 2019 will be on Sunday, January 13 starting at 10am. 

Come along for morning tea with proceeds to the local St John Ambulance service. 

If you are selling or swapping you’ll need your own table too.