We Love KB Blog

Archive for February, 2017

13th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Jesica & Jonty

Jesica McKenzie and sweetheart Jonty Cavazzi at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club

Jesica McKenzie and sweetheart Jonty Cavazzi at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club

How many people can say they met the love of their lives at just 16?

Communications expert Jesica McKenzie met Jonty Cavazzi when she was camping “as you do when you’re teenagers” just out near Lake Douglas. “Like any 16-year-old, I just thought, oh, he’s pretty hot!,” she says.

“I  thought he was really sweet, it was the first time I’d met him, he just seemed really interesting, and he was already working as a carpenter at that stage. He’s just a year older than I am, but he’d got an apprenticeship and started working, so that was pretty attractive, that he knew what he wanted in life and had a bit of direction.

“When I met him, I was already organised to go on a trip overseas, for Rotary, it was kind of understood that I was already organised to go. I went and lived in France for a year, and when I moved back to Australia, we moved to Perth together.”

After a few years, the pair made the life-altering decision to move back to the Goldfields. “We moved back to Kalgoorlie because it’s home,” she says.

“I’d hesitated because of the industry that I’m in (Jesica owns communications agency Brand L’or) but I think Kalgoorlie offers lots of opportunities. As a young couple we’ve managed to get ahead quite quickly, thanks to living in Kalgoorlie.

“We are saving at the moment, we’ve just bought our first house, we’ve got plans to do a little bit of travel around Australia, and finish setting up some businesses up here.

The couple have now been together eight years, and Jesica laughs when she’s asked their future plans.

“Hopefully one day soon, he’s going to ask me to marry him!”

Click for more Goldfields Love Stories

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Brand L’or

Local people, World Class service! The Loft @ Black Crow Studios, 11 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie T: 0452 557 664

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

13th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Moya & Norm

Norm and Moya Sharp with Daisy and Lucy

Norm and Moya Sharp with Daisy and Lucy

Moya and Norm Sharp are like chalk and cheese.

Moya, a historian and geneologist, (Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial Outback Family History Website and blog), prefers to stay close to home. But she says Norm, who is partner and sales manager at First National, is much more outgoing. “He’s a real party animal, he loves going out and socialising, whereas I don’t like socialising,” she says. “But you don’t have to be exactly the same to be happy.”

Norm’s party animal nature was evident when the the couple met at Sylvester’s nightclub in the late 80’s. “He was very, very good looking, very sure of himself, very self confident,” remembers Moya, who was on a brief visit to Kalgoorlie to visit her cousin.

Their first date, a few days later, was eventful, to say the least. “He threw up on my shoes,” says Moya, who was then 32, while Norm was a younger man at 29. “I’d picked him up, and he’d been at a Christmas party and obviously had too much to drink.”

Despite the mishap, love blossomed, and Moya eventually made the decision to move herself and her two young sons from Perth to be with Norm, 18 months after they met. “It was a big leap of faith,” Moya says of the decision to move her family across the state.
“I’d been on my own for about five years and I was going to stay single, I just thought (marriage) wasn’t for me.”

Norm is Kalgoorlie born-and-bred, and Moya initially found  being a newcomer hard, despite his family’s warm welcome.
“Kalgoorlie was more of a laid-back country town then, and I didn’t know anybody. I was quite lonely until I started making my own friends. Norm was such a social guy, with a massive family, and I was starting from scratch,” she says.

The couple, who had three children between them from previous relationships when they met, added to their clan when daughter Sarah was born in 1991. Six months later, they married in friends Bill and Carmel McKenzie’s backyard.  A few year later son Ben was born. Tragically, the couple’s second-eldest son Andy was killed at the Superpit in 2004, at just 22.

“We’ve got five kids between us, but we’ve never used the words step-kids, or step-sisters or brothers, we’ve just said they’re our kids,” Moya says. “Anyone who says blended families don’t work is wrong, because they all get on, they all call each other brother and sister.  There’s no difference between blood and non-blood related.”

Moya’s love of the Goldfields grew and the couple share a passion for region’s history. They also share a love of their pets; two beloved chihuahuas, and five cats.

“Above all, we’re really good friends” Moya says.

Click for more Goldfields Love Stories

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Outback Family History

The place to go for local and family history on the Goldfields of Western Australia.

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

13th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Fiona & George

George and Fiona Hawke at their backyard wedding in Three Springs WA 31/12/1988

George and Fiona Hawke at their backyard wedding in Three Springs WA 31/12/1988

Fiona Hawke has no problem remembering her first impressions of husband George, who she met on a mine site near Cue, more than 30 years ago.

“Oh he was beautiful!” she says.

“He was very handsome, he had a beard and dark curly hair, and he was wearing a fitted white T-shirt…”

Fiona was working in administration at the mine site, while George was a chef; and two weeks after meeting,  ‘sparks flew’ between the couple around the campfire.  After that, they were a couple.

But it was more than just George’s good looks which kept the couple together.

“He’s got a good sense of humour, and he’s kind and genuine and understanding. We just got along, and he’s kept me sane over the years,” Fiona says. For his part, George says he liked Fiona’s red hair and “lovely eyes.”

“We decided that if we got pregnant, we’d get married, and of course I got pregnant straight away,” Fiona laughs.

After the birth of Zachary in 1990 – George also has a daughter, Sasha, – Fiona and George’s work in the mining industry meant they continued to “migrate around the Goldfields,” living in Sandstone and Coolgardie,  before moving to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 2003. The pair continue to work together, now owning and running Zach-Harry’s fish and chip cafe on Boulder Road.

“I suppose it’s been challenging at times, in the mining industry, there are long days and shifts,” Fiona says.

“We came (to the Goldfields) for the work, so we used to work together and live together. Having separate hobbies has helped; George likes woodwork, black & white movies and fixing things. “I like crochet and writing (Fiona is part of the Fossick Yarn Guild).

“Work kept us here, and now we’re here by choice.”

Click for more Goldfields Love Stories

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Zach-Harry’s Place

Great Burgers and Fabulous Fish 54 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie T: 08 9091 1102

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

13th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Lisa & Ben

Lisa & Ben Burge's Goldfields Wedding

Lisa & Ben Burge’s Goldfields Wedding

Plenty of Goldfields love stories start at the pub. Not as many start in a church.

Jeweller Lisa Burge (lisafreethdesigns.com.au) laughs when she recounts her and husband Ben don’t have “the usual pub story.”

The pair met back in 2007, at their local C3 church, shortly after Lisa arrive in Kalgoorlie from Perth. Lisa admits she found the first few months in town tough going.

“I was actually thinking of moving back to Perth,” she says.

“At Christmas time, I went back and spent some time with my family, I hadn’t made my decision.

“And then Ben got my number from a friend at church, and he contacted me, and when I got back to Kalgoorlie we started hanging out…”

Lisa soon realised she’d found a gem in Ben.

“One day when I was working as a temp, I missed the bus, and he’d told me that if I ever needed a ride, to give him a call. This was like at six in the morning.

“I gave him a call, and he said yeah, I’ll be right over. And I was working in Kambalda!”

But what sealed the deal was when Ben organised a special birthday celebration at Rydges for Lisa’s birthday, while the pair were still ‘just friends.’ He gave her two special pieces of jewellery, beautifully wrapped.  Months later, he told her that he’d bought them years before, planning to give them to the woman he would marry.

Ben and Lisa have been married for nearly eight years, Lisa designing and making their wedding rings. Lisa’s ring featured a design of a rainbow of precious stones, while Ben’s featured a nugget of gold.

“I don’t think I would have met someone like him if I hadn’t come to Kalgoorlie. In Perth, in my experience, guys were more shallow and into themselves, she says.

“It all fell into place, we must have been meant for each other.”

Click for more Goldfields Love Stories

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

9th February 2017

Sunset at the Soundshell Concert Series: A how-to guide

The popular fortnightly Sunset at the Soundshell concert series hosted by the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder is a celebration of live music and pays tribute to popular bands and is supported by local musicians.

INXS tribute band plays Sunset the Soundshell concert series Kalgoorlie Boulder

Sunset at the Soundshell 2017 is here! Photography: Louise White on behalf of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder

Read on to learn how to make the most of your night across the upcoming concerts to be held at the Centennial Park Soundshell on Great Eastern Highway in Kalgoorlie Boulder this Summer.

ARRIVE EARLY:

The support acts begin at 6:30pm. Get in early to claim your spot on the grass before the concert begins. You can also stock up on food and drink at one of  the many food vendors before the music starts.

There’s ample parking next to Centennial Park and along Great Eastern Highway but when we’re talking 3000 people or more you might like to consider carpooling with friends or having a designated driver doing runs back and forth.

Bring with you:

  • Picnic blanket and/or camping chairs
  • An eski for your cool drinks and snacks
  • A rug or jumper for when the sun goes down (or even a poncho if this weather keeps up!)
  • Your singing voice and dancing shoes!

PACK A PICNIC:

Whilst there are many food and drink stalls staffed by local food vendors and not for profit groups, think sausage sizzles, poffertjes or brownie kebabs, there is the possibility of a line. Pack yourself a picnic of crackers, cheese and fruit to starve off the hunger before lining up. The park and concerts have a BYO license so you can bring alcoholic beverages. For the safety of yourself and those around you it’s best to avoid glass and go for plastic or cans.

Friends enjoy a picnic on the grass at Centennial Park Kalgoorlie at the annual Sunset at the Soundshell Concert Series

Enjoy a nibbles platter with friends – Photography: @aprils_place Instagram

SING YOUR HEART OUT:

C’mon! You know the words!

Three out of four concerts this Summer are bands you know and love and you know the lyrics! Don’t be afraid to sing along to your favourites. We’re all there to have fun and in such a big crowd, no-one will know it’s you anyway.

(the other performance is one your kids might know. Nathaniel from Australian X-Factor performs on March 11th)

Young woman singing to INXS rock music at Sunset at the Soundshell concert in Kalgoorlie Boulder

Bring your singing voice. Photographer: Louise White on behalf of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder

TAKE PICS:

The Sunset at the Soundshell concert series are hosted by the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder purely for our enjoyment. The CKB events team deliberate every year what bands will make your evening memorable and strive to put on a good show. Make your memories last forever by taking some happy snaps. Don’t forget to upload them with hashtags #SunsetsKalgoorlie and #WeLoveKB

Person in crowd of concert in Kalgoorlie Boulder holding up phone to record band on stage

Making memories Photography: Melissa Drummond on behalf of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder

INVITE YOUR MATES:

We’d hate for anyone to miss out on these fantastic family orientated events so share the details with your friends and family! You can send an invitation via the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder Facebook events page or send them the link to this article.

As these concerts are for all ages, you of course can bring your kids! Ensure their comfort with rugs and a pillow in case the party goes past bedtime. Consider writing your phone number on a wristband or on their arm. If anybody gets separated make your way up  to the side of the stage and City of Kalgoorlie Boulder staff will assist you. Littlies might also feel more comfortable with a pair of earmuffs.

Friends having fun at the INXS Tribute band Sunset at the Soundshell Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB

Fun for all ages! Photographer: Louise White on behalf of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder

BE GOOD:

We hope you enjoy these free concerts as much as we do! Don’t forget amongst all of the fun and frivolities to dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully. All children under 18 must be accompanied  by adult and yup, for everyone’s enjoyment, these concert are smoke free.

CONCERT DETAILS:

Four concerts will be held at Centennial Park in Kalgoorlie Boulder over this Summer beginning Saturday January 28th.

Saturday January 28th: INXS Tribute Band
Saturday February 11th: Crowded House Tribute Band **VENUE CHANGE to Goldfields Arts Centre, licensed venue no BYO**
Saturday February 25th: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
Saturday March 11th: Nathaniel, X-Factor Australia

Got an event coming up? Let us know!