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28th June 2017

Winter Skincare Regimes – Local Experts Answer our Questions

Living in a desert climate has it’s advantages – clear skies, bright mornings and low rainfall bring us joy and perfect picnic weather no matter the season. But how do we care for our skin over the dry, cool winter?

Kalgoorlie Boulder is abundant in experienced skincare specialists and some have taken the time out to share with us their recommendations about how to care for our skin over the Winter months.

“Dry skin is one of the leading causes of fine lines. With the cold temperatures drying out your skin, hydration needs to be your number one priority this winter.” – Amanda Shanks, Owner of Indulge Cosmetics.

Keep a bottle of water handy at all times and for a boost, read on to learn how you can improve your chances in this chilly climate.

Omnilux Light Therapy

Omnilux is a relaxing, non-surgical and non-invasive paramedical treatment that offers quick, painless light therapy without heat, side effects or downtime. Well loved by celebrities, this amazing technology is extremely effective for reversing fine lines, dehydration, scarring or dull skin, revealing healthy youthful skin. Treatments at Indulge start from as little as $80 for 30 mins or bundled in a series of 6 for $360.

Hydration Body Oil

Indulge Cosmetics, located on central Hannan Street, operates a large retail store as well as the salon run by talented therapists and Amanda also suggests that we combat dehydration by adding a hydration mask to your beauty regime.

We love the La Bang Body Hydration Body Oil range!  Made in Australia and 100% vegan and natural it has been especially formulated for stretch marks, pregnancy and a variety of skin conditions. Indulge Cosmetics stocks a large range with delightful scents including Watermelon, Lime, Peach, Raspberry, Vanilla & Strawberry. Considering how little you use on application, the $20 pouch is excellent value.

Sheet Masks

A luxurious, quick and instant boost of hydration. Use as needed.

Staff recommendation:
Estee Lauder Micro Essence $90 (6 sheets)

Sleep Masks

Supercharged creamy face masks that work while you sleep.. Easily absorbed, treat fine lines and wrinkles whilst boosting hydration.

Staff recommendation:
Lancome Energie De Vie Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask – $80

Eye Masks

Targeted treatment to instantly smooth and hydrate the delicate eye area. Quick and easy to use.

Staff recommendation:
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask – $60

Winter Warmer Special

The Indulge Cosmetics team are a lovely welcoming bunch and to celebrate the recent appointment of Jill, a qualified massage therapist who most recently was employed at the Crown Casino Spa in Perth, they’ve created a fabulous special available up to the 31st of August.

Warm up this Winter and give your muscles a relaxing treat with a 1 hour Hot Stone Massage with Jill at the special rate of $95. You can book by calling 08 9022 3233 or utilising the new SMS service by texting 0474971555 – save this number in your phone, you can use it to book, alter and cancel appointments – easy!

Do you have tips to share about skincare suitable for a desert climate? Let us know in the comments below!


Indulge Cosmetics & Fragrance

We invite you to indulge... 155 Hannan St Kalgoorlie T: 08 9022 3233

23rd June 2017

Kalgoorlie NAIDOC Week 2017: Arts, Culture & Music Festival

The upcoming NAIDOC week in Kalgoorlie is going to be really, really important for our community. After a few huge events in the last 12 months for our region, young Aboriginal people have put thousands of hours into a really special performance to open NAIDOC Week 2017.

The cast and crew of “How Languages came to be” during rehearsals at the Goldfields Arts Centre. Photo by Brand L’or

More than 150 artists, young people, and their parents from many cultures; predominantly Original Nations Australians; have been working and volunteering since the start of the year to create a spectacular opening show for NAIDOC week. The whole project is being run by Tjuma Pulka Original Nations Media Corporation with sponsorship from Country Arts WA, AngloGold Ashanti, and Compass Group Australia. Featuring almost 50 native Aussie animal characters brought to life with puppets and stunning costumes, ‘How Language came to be’ will also showcase animated projection art and locally-produced music.

All of this has been created under the guidance of Tjuma Pulka creative producer Stephani Beck and creative director Debbie Carmody over several months at the open-to-community Art Studio based in a previously vacant shop in the Markets Arcade (between Coles and Kmart). Award-winning puppeteer Karen Heathy had a residency there for a long time, teaching youth that popped in after school how to make the life-size puppets including two huge roos, a gorgeous emu with three chicks, a bungarra, eagle and others.

Kalgoorlie youth learning new skills with Puppeteer, Karen Heathy. Photo by Tjuma Pulka

Others with skills to share often came into the space as well, sometimes just for a one-off help, and sometimes becoming quite integral to the project – people like local seamstress and designer Fiona Thomson, who has spent a lot of her time volunteering help and support. A lot of Steph’s family have become part of the project too, particularly her mum Elizabeth and Aunty Marlene and her daughter who have been helping hand crafting costumes.

The whole project will come together for the opening night of NAIDOC with a free performance at the Goldfields Arts Centre. After spending some time at the Art Studio and seeing the costumes come to life, I think audiences are going to be really treated to a spectacular event. I remember being overawed with nostalgia and spectacle seeing The Lion King musical live, and I think this project will be much more emotional because of how it has come together and the importance of the story, especially to our community, and especially considering the pain of the last 12 months or so.

Goldfields seamstress FIona Thomson and makeup artist Jade Madden shared their skills at the Tjuma Pulka art studio. Photos by Tjuma Pulka

Steph said she had found so many young people wanting to come into the studio and participate in the project in some way.

“Young people are so willing to be engaged in culture,” she said. “All it takes is someone asking them what they want to do and inviting them to be involved. This is large scale healing for our community. It’s genuine and meaningful. It’s real work, which makes real connections and change. The people are so ready.”

Tjuma Pulka Creative Producer, Stephani Beck. Photo by Brand L’Or

Besides the present engagement with the community in this way, there are of course many long-term benefits to experiences like this. Some people have been involved since the beginning, and others have had brief interactions, but everyone is learning and sharing skills with each other.

“The youth won’t go away knowing how to make a whole dress,” Steph said. “But they have experienced it – they have been a part of this process. They won’t necessarily put on a big show but they have been exposed to it now. It will roll into other stuff. I feel like I have been planting a thousand seeds.”

One of the other special parts of this is the inter-generational benefits.

“Parents have been getting really involved because their kids are working on this,” Steph said. “The parents are invested in their kids’ lives so they have become part of the project.”

Budgies in flight at the Goldfields Arts Centre. Young thespians practising choreography with award winning puppeteer, Karen Heathy. Photo by Brand L’or

It has been beautiful to see this flourishing – and interestingly between many cultures in our super multicultural region.

Media reportage of the protests in Kalgoorlie late last year would have people outside our town believe there were major racial tensions here. It is completely true there is a lot to work on before we have reached racial equality in the Goldfields, but one of the problems with the media coverage of the protests was the lack of context. Original Nations people found their voice last year and used this to express discontent at injustices they are facing.

The WAM award winning Brownley Gospel Choir are lending their powerful voices as part of “How languages came to be” at the NAIDOC 2017 Festival in Kalgoorlie Boulder. Photo by Brand L’or

We learnt at the Futures Forum earlier in 2016 that the Goldfields rivalled New York City in cultural diversity, with huge groups of cultures from all over the world settled in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in particular. This ‘How Language came to be’ project has been highly successful in bringing people together from many cultures, and in Steph’s words is “transmitting culture between people” and “rebuilding relationships”.

‘How Language came to be’ will bring the history and context of our Wongutha people to a local level, and an experience I would classify as absolutely imperative for our community to experience.

Don’t miss NAIDOC 2017 Art Culture + Music Festival presented by Tjuma Pulka. View the programmed events on Facebook or book your tickets through the Goldfields Arts Centre.


Georgia Foulkes-Taylor has two arts degrees and actually uses them every day. She’s a creative producer, multimedia specialist and adventurer, who works on creating meaningful and long-lasting culture. She grew up here, loves donuts and really really really enjoys yoga.


6th June 2017

New Venue, Big International Menu – Multicultural Festival 2017

The Goldfields Arts Centre forecourt and roadside is set to become a twilight markets and foodie festival with taste, sight and sounds inspired by countries all over the world at the upcoming Multicultural Street Festival.

Originally held at Centennial Park during the daytime, the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder are relaunching this popular inclusive event in the centre of KB on Saturday June 10th from 4pm to 8pm for a twilight twist. Although the venue and time have changed you can still expect great musical and dance performances, market stalls and spectacular international food – with a new addition of a pop-up Beaten Track Brewery bar!

Coincidentally, the festival is on the same day as the Goldfields Arts Centre performance, Cirque Africa. This travelling troupe consist of over 20 artists who originate from 6 different African countries and they’re bringing with them traditional choreography spiced with a high energy acts and colourful costumes. Bookings for this show are pushing the 700 seat auditorium to capacity so if you’d like to see this one-off performance we suggest you book now!

The show begins at 7:30pm so there’s plenty of time  to browse the market stalls and grab a bite to eat. We’ll admit, we’re drawn to this festival for the food and we’re really excited about the varied amount of dishes available. It’s like experiencing a world foodie tour in a couple of  hours (and, in our own backyard).

Authentic Asian flavours will be represented by many different vendors hailing from the South East and include traditional Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Filipino menus. A large offering of mouth watering curries and sweets will be on offer from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Our nearest international neighbours will be represented with food vendors offering New Zealand and Papua New Guinean fare. From even further afield, you can expect to see menus with dishes from Brazil, Italy, South Africa, North America and the Middle East!

Share dishes with friends and family at the long table set-up (in the middle of the closed Cassidy street!) with the warmth of gas fired heaters to take the chill off and ropes of fairy lights to add to the atmosphere. If you’re over 18, take the opportunity to meet Nick and the Beaten Track Brewery crew at their impromptu garden bar on the TAFE side of the street. On tap will be local brewed beers and ciders and some international tasters too.

From pretty much everywhere in this new street festival venue you can see the performance stage. On the line-up are local dance academy’s and cultural groups, musicians playing traditional and contemporary tunes and the ever popular Golden Banghra Group with their infectious Bollywood style dance – they got the crowd got on their feet last year!

We’d love for you and your family and friends to join us on Saturday the 10th. Together we shall meet our neighbours and learn more about the melting pot of cultures and history that makes up the Kalgoorlie Boulder community. If you hail from an exotic location (or were born here even) please consider wearing clothing and accessories to represent your home country.

Got pics to share? Use #WeLoveKB on your fave social media site or send us a message. We love parties, if you know of a community celebration happening in town, please invite us! You can share your events on the We Love KB Facebook page.

1st June 2017

WA Day Long Weekend – Stick around for family fun and entertainment

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  • Goldfields Cyclassic participants across the finish line. Image by Lynn Webb photographer | We Love KB What's On Kalgoorlie Boulder Events Directory WA Day June Long Weekend guide2
  • Fun with fairies at the Leonora Golden Gift in Leonora June 2-5 WA Day Weekend | We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder What's On Events Directory3
  • A happy dog at the Best in Show 'Golden Bone Dog Show' in Kalgoorlie Boulder | Pic credit Lyn Webb photographer | We Love KB kalgoorlie Boulder What's On Events Directory4
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  • There’s no need to fly South for the Winter this WA Day long weekend. All the action and entertainment for families is right here in Kalgoorlie Boulder (and a little bit North in Leonora). Read on as to why you should invite your family and friends to join you and celebrate WA Day in our sunny desert climate.

    Getting out and about this weekend? Share your pics with us! Tag #WeLoveKB so we can like and share!


  • E13 Sessions at Black Crow Studios

    Producing ‘One Off Gigs in Pop-Up Spaces’, the E13 Sessions crew are at it again this WA Day long weekend and you’re invited!

    Local Musician Nick Costa will be playing alongside touring Denmark band, Evergone.

    As usual, bring your picnic rug, bean bag or camping chair and don’t forget to pack snacks and drinks (you can BYO alcoholic drinks if you want)

    Tickets are available via the Eleven 13 Records website – there’s great value in a family ticket too!

  • The Goldfields Cyclassic

    For a long time in the history of the Goldfields in WA, the humble bicycle has been the preferred method of transport.

    Dr Charles Laver used to cycle from Coolgardie to Laverton even!

    Cycle enthusiasts will depart Kalgoorlie on the 3rd of June and make their way to Leonora over two days. There’s $40,000 worth of prizes to be awarded and wether you want to cycle or spectate – their website has all of the details.

    Photo Credit: Lynn Webb from the Gallery of Splendid Isolation

  • The Leonora Golden Gift

    What a way to celebrate the WA Day long weekend and “Australia’s Richest Foot Race” with none other than Eskimo Joe!

    That’s right. Those guys.

    This little town 230km’s north of Kalgoorlie Boulder will come alive this weekend with activities for families, concerts, comedy, throughbred racing and racing by people – right down the main street.

    There’s family friendly stuff on too – A performance by The Lulu’s, A Silent Disco and Markets are just some worthy mentions.

    We’re looking forward to free comedy produced by the Comedy Emporium. Goldfields acts will be giving you belly laughs in anticipation for the headline act; Andy Saunders from 5:30pm on Sunday.

    If you’d like more information on this massive celebration check out the 2017 Leonora Golden Gift Programme.

    Image credit: The Leonora Golden Gift FB

  • WA Day at the Museum of the Goldfields.

    This annual celebration has become very popular amongst KB residents who choose to stay in town over the long weekend.

    All day Monday from 9:30am to 2:30pm, join us at the Museum for entertainment, craft activities for kids and the annual ‘Golden Bone Dog Show’.

    Roving entertainers, BizCircus and Mario the Almost Magnificent will keep you entertained as you stroll amongst the Museum grounds visiting the exhibitions and activities.

    Put your fears aside for a hug from a snake, get crafty with The Sparkle Sisters and send the kids up the wall for once with the PCYC Rock Climbing challenge.

    For more information on the day’s events check out the website and enter your dog in Kalgoorlie’s only Best In Show via this link.

    Image credit: Lynn Webb and the Gallery of Splendid Isolation

  • I am Heath Ledger – the documentary.

    A must see for all West Aussies and a timely screening by Film Harvest Goldfields on Wednesday the 7th of June at 6:15pm.

    Bring some tissues just in case as we watch this feature length documentary which even includes Heath Ledger’s own filming and commentary. Check out the trailer here and buy tickets online via Orana Cinema’s website.