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25th October 2020

The great debate: To celebrate Halloween in Aussie, or not?

To celebrate Halloween or not?

 That is the question for many Australians as the end of October creeps nearer, especially for Aussie’s with children who enjoy dressing up and eating their weight in candy. I KNOW, we don’t call it candy. But since Halloween IS an “American holiday” we’ll just go with it. 

Emma Mitchell, 5 and Keely Southern, 5. Picture credit: Kirsten Mitchell

 

Getting into the custom of trick-or-treating may prove a little difficult if the neighbours aren’t into  dishing out lollies on pagan holidays. Many Aussies just don’t get it. 

“I refuse to be influenced by American cultural imperialism. Don’t knock on my door,” came the stern remark of one local in a 2012 Kalgoorlie Miner Facebook poll which asked the public if they were trick-or-treating and what they were dressing up as.

“Nope, not American,” came the simple response of another.

While another local responded more emphatically, “silly dangerous holiday dress up go door knocking and ask a stranger for candy?? and ppl wonder why America has a high pedophilia rate…here’s an idea…keep an eye on ya kids!” 

Still others made jokes, playing on the frivolity of the day.

“Don’t need to dress up…Am a witch naturally, ask my hubby and kids,” one local woman said.

Even though there were more positive comments than negative ones in response to the poll, one thing was certain, the public stood divided.

Beetlejuice entertains the crowds in Somerville, 2019. Picture credit: Kirsten Mitchell

 

Halloween still appears to be a contentious holiday, warmly embraced by some, vehemently scoffed at by others. Despite the popular stance which unifies true blue Aussies firmly against yet another American influence on the Aussie way of life, Halloween is actually not American.

Americans have simply done to Halloween what they do with many holidays and consumerised the heck out of it, making it almost as big and joyful a celebration as Christmas. 

Halloween has become so big in America that “Americans spend an estimated $6 billion dollars annually on Halloween making it the country’s second biggest commercial holiday after Christmas” according to History.com. The website also reported that, “one-quarter of all candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.”

For kids in America where Book Week dress up days don’t exist, Halloween IS their dress up day. They wear their costumes to school to show off to their friends, then everyone gets home and fed and waits for dark to descend. 

Nighttime is the best time to scare yourself silly on Halloween. It’s pure creepiness seeing miniature ghouls, goblins, devils and monsters, traipsing around town with plastic jack-o-lantern buckets full of candy. There are cartoon characters, superheroes and princesses too. Nearly every porch light is turned on, signalling to trick-or-treaters which houses are giving out candy. 

Haunted hayrides and haunted houses designed for the young and young-at-heart entertain those, who in the spirit of the spooky season, enjoy a little extra fright. The weather is cool, the air is fresh and Halloween signifies the official onset of autumn in the northern hemisphere.  

It was during this shift in seasons – the end of harvest time and the beginning of winter – where the holiday began its origins many centuries ago. Taking place between October 31 and November 1, the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) was held. November 1 marked the beginning of the Celtic new year when summer was ending, the harvest was finished and crops were dying off. With the dying of the crop was also the dying of the light. A dark, cold time of year was beginning. 

On the night before the new year, it was believed that the barrier between the physical world and spiritual world weakened and spirits could cross over. These spirits: creatures, monsters, and headless men riding flame-eyed horses, were believed to kidnap people, steal their souls or cause death.

Later, Christians introduced All Souls’ Day to replace Samhain. All Souls’ Day was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas, meaning All Saints’ Day. The night before All Saints’ Day was called All Hallows Eve, eventually becoming Halloween. 

Halloween decorations. Picture credit: Kirsten Mitchell

 

Trick-or-treating also had its early origins from the Celtic Samhain celebrations where it was customary for villagers to disguise themselves in animal skins when they made offerings to unwelcome spirits. Other forms of trick-or-treating developed over the ages with poor people begging door-to-door for food or money in exchange for praying for the souls of the homeowners’ dead relatives. In Scotland and Ireland, children would dress up and go door-to-door to perform songs, dances and other “tricks” in exchange for fruit, nuts, coins and other treats.

Hundreds of years and thousands of Irish immigrants later, America was infused with these Celtic beliefs and customs. At the turn of the 20th century these customs had become community gatherings featuring games, parades, seasonal foods and festive costumes. Treats were given to neighborhood children in hopes of preventing them from playing pranks. This tradition became more popular as an inexpensive way for the whole community to share in the Halloween celebration. After World War II, the importance of Halloween to bring communities together was fully entrenched in the American way of life.

Now, in the 21st century, it is this sense of community togetherness that is at the core of Halloween celebrations. Japan, the Philippines, Mexico, India and Romania are among some of the other countries to celebrate with their own versions of Halloween.

From the Celtic lands of long ago to modern day America, Halloween is a way for everyone to gather and celebrate the passage of time and the shifting of seasons.

It is the end of the cold stillness of winter here in Australia, the beginning of longer days, of warmth and of life. 

Americans adapted it in their own outlandish way. Will Aussies be the next to fully embrace it?  

 

Kirsten Mitchell
Creative Writer
We Love KB

24th October 2020

Halloween 2020: Your KB Guide

Get your pumpkins ready because Halloween is just around the corner! And it falls on a Saturday this year which means a weekend absolutely stacked full with events for all ages around our city.

In the spirit, we’ve put together a guide to local events to help make the spookiest night of the year one to remember!

Spooky Fact: Keep your eyes peeled, because this year we will see the first full moon to fall on Halloween night since 2001, and we won’t see it again until 2039!

Halloween in Kalgoorlie-Boulder: Event Calendar 2020

Get all dressed up in your best ‘ooky spooky’ costume and head on down to the Albion for their Halloween Disco!
Featuring live music from K7 Band playing all the greatest hits from the 70’s and 80’s. Play some frightening games and win a prize for Best Dressed! Food and drinks available to purchase from the Albion.
Fundraiser for Ali Kent – Labor for Kalgoorlie.

Photo Credit: The Albion

 

Want to celebrate Halloween without the ghostly factor? Join No Rush Goldrush Wagon Rides on a Goldfields Flora and Fauna Bush Ride!
Enjoy wine and cheese in a horse drawn wagon, departing from Memorial Drive, near Hammond Park.
Group bookings of 6 are available for Saturday at 10am and 3pm, and must be booked 24 hours prior to departure. Pony up and book your ride here.
Adult $55 | Child $22

 

For the Kids:

Trick or Treat! Dress up and go door-to-door for a night of endless fun…and lollies! Find locally registered houses here.

 

Enjoy a Camo Play Day with a spooky twist at PCYC Kalgoorlie! Lots of fun games and activities available – for ages 2-10. $7 per child. No bookings needed!

Photo Credit: PCYC Kalgoorlie

Gold Rush Cheer will be the home for Halloween this season with their Spooktacular Halloween Party!
Drop the little munchkins off in their craziest, scariest costume – prizes will be awarded on the graveyard catwalk! Zombie runs, trick or treat lollies, games and more.
Tickets $10 each. 5:30-7:30 | 420 Hay Street
Book online here.

Photo Credit: Gold Rush Cheer

 

Goodstart Early Learning is throwing a disco in conjunction with The Great Book Swap. Children are encouraged to dress up, with gold coin donations encouraged in exchange for a book from their Great Book Swap collection.
25 Gatacre Dr | Friday 30th October | 2:45pm

We hope you have a ball this spooky season, and get up to all sorts of mischief. Tag us in your Halloween pictures on Facebook or Instagram using the #welovekb hashtag!

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

17th October 2020

Prepare your costumes and find your favourite book – it’s Book Week time!

There is one week of the school year which kids look forward to almost as much as they look forward to Christmas. The one where they get to dress up in all manner of costumes designed in great detail, down to the very last cotton ball or most minute square of glitter.

A week which finds mums either eagerly anticipating putting the glue gun into action or simply desperate to whip up a costume from the old dress-ups box – sure, that lightsaber can be Harry Potter’s wand.

Yes, it’s Book Week!

 

Book Week at William Grundt Memorial Library

Book Week at William Grundt Memorial Library. Photo credit: William Grundt Memorial Library

 

Originally slated for late August, book week is now running from October 7-23 under the theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Official book week dates were changed to Term 4 due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) web site.

Teachers and librarians across the Goldfields will decorate their rooms and set up displays according to the book week theme. Meanwhile, mums will either be making a mad dash to the shop for a last minute costume or they’ll be dusting off the sewing machine and calmly stitching up that Gruffalo suit like they were born to do it.

One thing is for sure, there is no lack of ideas available online for book week costumes if you are struggling for inspiration or need to know how to craft a costume using toilet rolls and string. Teachers even get in the spirit of the celebrations dressing up in costume too, which usually gets a giggle out of the kids.

Beside the excitement of dressing up, an equally important part of book week is the CBCA Book of the Year awards. Winners of the awards are currently on display at William Grundt Memorial Library. Books for children ages 0 to 18 are judged across 6 categories including best new illustrator and best picture book. You can visit the CBCA YouTube channel to watch the awards presentation from 16 October.

Whether your child chooses to channel Pippy Longstocking, Where’s Wally? or Harry Potter, don’t forget to hashtag your book week pics #CBCA as you join in the fun and frenzy of clever, creative costumes that make book week so exciting for kids and parents alike.

 

16th October 2020

October Member’s Monthly Blog: Heart of Gold Dance Company

Welcome to the October issue of our ‘Member of the Month’ blog, where we get to shine a spotlight on our amazing business members and show everyone what they have to offer. 

This month we got a chance to speak with Katelyn Ann, owner and director of Heart of Gold Dance Company.

Heart of Gold Dance Company Dancing We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Katelyn with her dancers. Photo Credit: Heart of Gold Dance Company

Heart of Gold Dance Company is an exciting new business take on Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s dance industry. Katelyn describes her business as “a place of belonging” for our community. 

It is her “pride and joy”, especially being able to give back to the Goldfields with stimulating new dance styles to help achieve a healthier lifestyle and a rewarding workout. 

Heart of Gold Dance Company offers adult dance classes, as well as private aerial silk lessons. The company will also soon be releasing children’s classes. The program offers a thrilling experience for beginner dancers to advance their skills. 

Heart of Gold Dance Company Dancing We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Photo Credit: Heart of Gold Dance Company

Katelyn runs her business independently, and finds her best form of advertising to be through social media and email marketing. Her best advice for success? “Passion, hard work and dedication.”

Heart of Gold stands out from their competitors through passion and teaching principles, as well as being the only studio offering private lessons for aerial acrobatics. 

The company gives back to our local community through encouraging physical health habits, providing a safe and inclusive space, as well as helping with mental health through self expression and regular exercise. 

Operating a business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been a dream for Katelyn. She explains that being a local has helped with word of mouth around town as most people know her as “the dancer”. 

“Kalgoorlie is my home, and having my own business here is just like growing a bigger family,” she said.

Heart of Gold Dance Company We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Katelyn Ann AKA ‘Goldfields Dancer’ Photo Credit: Josh Cowling

Katelyn’s business, like many others, has found it hard in these past few months with the effects of COVID-19, having to close up during the pandemic. She comments that the biggest disadvantage in Kalgoorlie is struggling to find good studio space.

However, everything remains positive at Heart of Gold, with Katelyn acknowledging the growth of her students during their time with her. “The most exciting part is seeing my students strengthen their technique,” she said.

It is Katelyn’s dream to be a full-time dance teacher. She hopes to one day achieve that, while admitting that going strong with her company and introducing new styles of dance over the next few years, is her main goal for the future.

Heart of Gold Dance Company We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Photo Credit: Heart of Gold Dance Company

We expect to see big things for Heart of Gold Dance Company in the coming year!

To book a class at Heart of Gold Dance Company, book in via their website here or email goldfieldsdancer@gmail.com.

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

12th October 2020

Celebrating Mental Health Week in the Goldfields

This week we celebrate Mental Health Week, a national cause dedicated to increasing the mental health and wellbeing of West Australian communities. 

World Mental Health Day kicked off the week on October 10th. This year’s theme for Mental Health Week is ‘Strengthening Our Community – Live, Learn, Work, Play.’

According to lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au, 1 in 5 Aussies are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.

With all the stress this year has brought, prioritising our mental health and wellbeing is extremely vital. The message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

Our community has come together to bring awareness on mental health and break the stigma by hosting a range of events and activities across the Goldfields over the week. 

Mates 4 Mates Goldfields-Esperance completed a morning ‘Walk for Awareness’ at Centennial Park on Saturday in honour of World Mental Health Day. The day received a great turn out with our Goldfields community coming together after their walk to support the Something Pink Ride for Breast Cancer.

Something Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ride Mates 4 Mates Goldfields Esperance We Love KB

Credit: Kathy Nikolaenko

The friendly staff at Hannans North Tourist Mine have committed to the ‘Colour Your Hair for Mental Health’ campaign this year, completing a fundraising mission of $500 with all proceeds going to Neuroscience Research Australia. To find out more, find their fundraiser here

Hannans North Tourist Mine Colour Your Hair for Mental Health We Love KB

Credit: Hannans North Tourist Mine

 

Act Belong Commit and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group are hosting ‘Planting Positive’ on October 17th, from 9 till 11 am at Karlkurla Park’s community nursery. This event will include a light morning tea, prizes and giveaways. Free activities featured on the day include propagating, potting and weed walking, pet cacti, kindness rocks and milk bottle garden elephants. 

Act Belong Commit KBULG WE Love KB

Credit: Act Belong Commit

 

If you feel like a trip out of the city, experience Leonora and their community spirit with a week jammed packed full of activities celebrating Mental Health Week! 

Starting on Monday the 12th, enjoy a 9am ‘Walk for Life’ kicking off at Leonora CRC, followed by a BBQ breakfast at the local Football Oval. 

Thursday the 15th greets us with the Blue Tree Project at Leonora High School from 11 till 1pm, followed by a candlelight vigil at 6:30pm. 

Enjoy an end to the week with a community BBQ and pool party on Friday night. Get in touch with Leonora Shire Council to find out more about the amazing range of events this week.

Leonora We Love KB

Credit: Leonora Shire Council

 

We are so lucky to have a like-minded community supporting this important cause. Use the hashtag #welovekb on Facebook and Instagram to share your celebrations this Mental Health Week!

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

11th October 2020

Extended Sunday Trading One Step Closer for Kalgoorlie-Boulder

If you are a person who always seems pressed for time, a busy mum with not enough hours in the day or a shift worker who finishes work just before the shops shut, finding time to do your weekly shopping is about to get a little easier.

Sunday trading hours will be extended by two hours following a decision made by City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder councillors at the latest meeting.

The decision means shops would be able to open on Sundays from 8am-3pm, if the submission is approved by Commerce Minster John Quigley. 

It was originally proposed that businesses open from 7am-6pm, but Mayor John Bowler said people were happy with the compromise.

“From comments I’ve heard, retailers appreciated the compromise that opened shops for an extra two hours on Sunday, but not the full 11 hours,” Mr Bowler said.

The public were eager for a change in trading hours. In a community poll which was run over four weeks from August to September, 44 per cent of respondents were in favour of aligning current Sunday trading hours with Saturday trading hours. 32 per cent voted for general retail trading to be made 24 hours.

“It will allow more time to shop on Sunday and people tend to want more hours,” Mr Bowler said.

Kalgoorlie resident Shannon Tuxworth said extended Sunday trading hours would be helpful.

“I think extended Sunday [trading] here, especially for those who work on a Saturday, it’s awesome because you can get that stuff done that you need to and still have a sleep in,” Ms Tuxworth said.

But for small business owner Christine Slater opening on a Sunday wasn’t a viable option.

“Really the extended trading is for the supermarkets’ benefit, it’s not for little shops like this,” Ms Slater, who owns Go Vita  said.

According to the council’s report, people were spending more time and money in the CBD since Sunday trading came into effect last year. 

However, the perspective wasn’t shared. 

“People aren’t spending more money, they are spending the same just over more days,” Ms Slater said.

The change in Sunday trading hours hopes to provide more “flexible shopping hours to accommodate shift workers, enhance visitor experience and convenience, and to attract and retain” skilled workers to the area, the council report said.

Extending Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s trading hours will also bring the city in line with other regional cities such as Bunbury, Broome and Karratha which already operate under extended trading hours.

9th October 2020

Spring Festival is right around the corner!

Spring has sprung and to celebrate its arrival is The Lorna Mitchell Spring Festival, presented by Northern Star Resources and supported by Make Smoking History. 

As one of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s most popular annual events, thousands of patrons from across the Goldfields will flock to Hammond Park this Sunday, October 11, to soak up the sunshine and lively atmosphere of the festival which is in it’s 35th year.

 

Spring Festival. Credit: KBCCI

 

The festival boasts more than 150 stalls, food vendors, live entertainment and plenty of activities for the whole family all set amongst the lush green lawns of Hammond Park.

“There will be highland dance demonstrations, cheer demonstrations by Gold Rush Cheer and the Eastern Goldfields Highland Pipe Band performing,” KBCCI event and marketing coordinator Melanie Wood said.

Another highlight of the day will be a visit from Premier Mark McGowan.

“The Spring Festival is a fantastic opportunity for families to have a great day out, relax in the sunshine and enjoy the day,” KBCCI chief executive Simone de Been said.  

“We are also looking forward to the Premier attending this year.” 

With so much free fun on offer it’s no wonder that parking fills up quickly and you’ll be clocking some serious steps on the pedometer before your toes cross the park’s rot-iron clad threshold. If you don’t want to wear your legs out before you get through the gates, Goldrush Tours is offering a free bus transfer service from three locations across the city.

“Free bus transfers are running every half hour from the new Kmart complex, Hannans Boulevard and Boulder Loopline Park,” Ms Wood said.

“Get on the bus at these locations and be dropped to the front gate at the park.”

Additional parking will also be available at the North Kalgoorlie Primary School.

“We are expecting a crowd of up to 10,000 people throughout the day and the weather forecast is for a pleasant spring day,” she said.

“Come along and see what our community has to offer.”

7th October 2020

Kmart Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Grand Re-Opening a Hit with Locals

Beneath the glow of the iconic red and blue sign shoppers eagerly passed through colourful balloon arches to experience Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s fresh new Kmart on Thursday, October 1, 

The former home of Target has been transformed into a bright and cheery establishment complete with fresh paint, new flooring, and downlighting. Every inch of wall space and floor space has been utilised with shelving and clothing racks to accommodate plentiful stocks. Tall display walls and modern signage designate departments and attract the keen shopper. And keen they were. 

 

Kmart Kalgoorlie-Boulder grand re-opening

Kmart Kalgoorlie-Boulder grand re-opening. Picture: Kirsten Mitchell

 

At 9am, an hour after the store’s opening, there was hardly a parking space to be had in the shopping centre’s car park. People happily milled around the refitted store, the air abuzz with excitement and wonder at all the new merchandise including the latest spring fashions and trendy homewares. 

“To come in and buy things that [the community] want because, unfortunately, we had a period where we didn’t have a lot of stuff so now that we’ve got that it’s just been really exciting,” store manager Kelly Jones said.

Formal proceedings commenced at 7.30am. To commemorate the opening, long serving employees held the scissors at the ribbon cutting. 

“It was really special because it was recognising the long serving team members we’ve had here at Kmart Kalgoorlie,” Ms Jones said.

“To be at the old store and they were able to open the new store, it was just really exciting for them.”

“A nice shiny new shop that has been a very long time coming, that was really exciting for us and for the Kalgoorlie community.” 

A fixture of Kalgoorlie’s shopping precinct for over three decades, Kmart’s opening marks the first installation for the Kalgoorlie City Shopping Centre which is slated to open in May of next year. 

Kmart Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s grand re-opening. Picture: Kirsten Mitchell

5th October 2020

OcSober: Lose the booze to help Aussie kids

This month, in support of Life Education’s national fundraising initiative, people across the country are pledging to ‘say no’ to alcohol throughout October.

This year has been a total rollercoaster; I think we can all agree that 2020 was just NOT our year. With that being said, some of us have turned to alcohol as a source of enjoyment and enhancing our sociability. 

With a big week of racecourse shenanigans as well as other events across the city, a lot of us are feeling burnt out, and financially exhausted. 

Taking a little break from drinking is always beneficial, while showing support to a tremendous organisation dedicated to looking after Aussie kids, is the biggest bonus of all!

The OcSober campaign raises money for Life Education’s vital drug and health education program, supporting both primary and high schools to strengthen their drug and health initiatives. 

All monies go directly toward teaching children the skills and knowledge to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol.

Sober in October OcSober We Love KB

Photo Credit: http://www.wedgegardens.co.za/

 

Life Education believes their main responsibility is providing exceptional preventative health education to our young people, to prevent future cases of alcohol-related traumas.

Putting this plan into action alongside iconic giraffe mascot Healthy Harold, the organisation has engaged with more than 710,000 children each year.

Healthy Harold We Love KB

Photo Credit: www.abc.net.au

 

Let’s get serious for a minute…

According to the Institute of Health and Welfare, in the past year one in four Australians have consumed alcohol at levels placing them at risk of harm on a single occasion, at least monthly.
While one in six people have consumed alcohol at levels placing them at lifetime risk of an alcohol-related disease or injury. 

These figures are pretty shocking. Hopefully with the efforts of our national community, we can strive to lower these numbers and protect our collective health and well-being for the greater good.

Photo Credit: www.portstephensexaminer.com.au

OcSober asks for two requests:

– Give up alcohol for the month of October
– Make an effort to raise funds by encouraging colleagues, friends and family to sponsor you!

Life Education has been running the OcSober campaign for over ten years. For now, they are taking a break from general sponsoring, however monetary donations, regular givebacks and bequests are all greatly appreciated to help support the cause!

 

We are inspired by the efforts of Life Education and the OcSober campaign to teach our youngsters about the dangers of alcohol, shaping them to making wiser and healthier choices for their future.

Let us know if you are staying OcSober this October, we’d love to see our local community take part in the cause! 

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB