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29th November 2020

Christmas in KB: 2020 Guide

Have your baubles at the ready, there’s only one month left until Christmas! 

The past few months leading into the festive season have been a whirlwind, to say the least! We know the holidays can be a stressful time of the year, so we’re kicking off December with our 2020 guide to Christmas in Kalgoorlie-Boulder! 

Here in Australia or ‘the land where it’s always hot’, obviously we aren’t building snowmen or drinking hot cocoa by the fire to get into the spirit of Christmas. 

(Pssst…just between us – we’d take a poolside barbie over the snow any day!) 

That being said, we’ve come up with our best list of summertime festivities to get you geared up for the holiday season!

Getting in the spirit

For some, it might be a bit of challenge getting into a ‘jolly’ mood. Making this the perfect time to watch a few classic holiday movies, jam out to ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and let go of all your worries! 

To treat your ears to some festive bops, find Santa’s Radio by Triple M here!

Putting up the tree

For many, the 1st of December marks the date when it is most acceptable to start putting up the Christmas tree and the relevant home décor. Go the extra mile and decorate the front yard to really get in the spirit! 

Now is a good time for picking out which pieces you would like displayed, which is a fun time for the kids to help out, too.

Credit: Pinterest

See the lights
We have a lot of people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder who are dedicated to putting on stunning light displays every year for our community to admire. You can even book a Tram Tour so you don’t miss any of the fun!

Credit: Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre

Buying presents

Although this shouldn’t be a big priority, it often ends up being a larger stress than it ever should be. Our motto this year has been to keep it LoKal, to support our small local businesses over the holidays. 

Keep an eye out for our ‘LoKal Xmas Shopping’ blog next week for great ideas!

All Things Santa! 

Santa loves receiving letters from children throughout Australia, particularly hearing their stories and what presents they would like for Christmas. You can post letters to his address:
Santa Claus
North Pole,
9999

Download some free letter templates here to get started! (Courtesy of Australia Post)

Enjoy the company of loved ones

Above all else, Christmas is a time to be thankful for all we have in life, and spend time with our nearest and dearest, friends and family.

Credit: Pinterest

We hope you stay safe this holiday season and get to truly enjoy the magic of Christmas this 2020!  

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

27th November 2020

Street Party Kicks Off Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Festive Season

Young Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents enjoy their festive face-painting. Photo: Remote Digital Imagery, courtesy of CKB

There are officially three days and four sleeps until December. This means there are only three Fridays left before Christmas which lands on the fourth Friday of December. This also means it is time to get into the Christmas spirit. 

If you are anything like me, I’m a bit of a fan of Christmas, largely because my birthday is two days after, but also because it is time to celebrate with friends, family, co-workers, the weird guy next door, really whomever will raise a glass to the end of another year. And after this year, who wouldn’t?

Community togetherness is at its best during December with Kalgoorlie-Boulder hosting several festive events.

The Christmas season kicks off this weekend with the 12th annual Christmas Street Party at its new location in Boulder. 

Santa helps a young Kalgoorlie-Boulder resident push the lever to light the city’s Christmas tree. Photo: Remote Digital Imagery, courtesy of CKB

The 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Christmas Street Party has been planned for Boulder to allow for works being undertaken as part of the Footpath Replacement Program and Kal City Centre Project,” a City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder spokesperson explained.

From 5.30pm on Sunday there will be live entertainment, food vans, crafts and activities for the kids in Loopline Park and the Boulder business precinct.

This year the Street Party will feature a range of fantastic stalls, food trucks and alfresco dining areas, local entertainment on stage in Loopline Park, kids activities and some big games, topped off by the Lighting of the Christmas Tree,” the spokesperson said.

Of course, you can’t have a Christmas party without Santa and his right-hand gal, Mrs Claus. Bring the kids for a photo with the big guy and his bride at Santa’s Grotto. 

Relax in the shade and enjoy a takeaway while the kids run and play in the cool grass of Loopline Park before the much-anticipated moment when the Christmas tree comes aglow. The lighting ceremony will take place at 7.30pm. 

The Goldfields Brass Band will entertain patrons at the Christmas Street Party in Loopline Park on Sunday. Photo: Remote Digital Imagery, courtesy of CKB

21st November 2020

National Road Safety Week 2020

This week from the 15th to the 22nd is National Road Safety Week across Australia, an annual initiative implemented by national road safety organisations and the Federal Government. 

Did you know that traffic injury is the biggest killer of children under 15, and the second-biggest of Australians aged between 15 to 24 in Australia? More than 1200 people are killed, with another 44,000 seriously injured on our local roads every year.

Road Safety Week is to not only highlight the key impacts of road trauma and ways in which to reduce it, but to raise awareness of an issue so common within our society. 

People across the country are donning yellow ribbons as a tribute to those who have lost their lives to road-related incidents. You may have even spotted bouquets of yellow around our local schools and at the Department of Transport!

Photo: Dept. of Transport & Hannans Primary School

 

There are a few other ways you can get involved and show your support for National Road Safety Week: 

  • Wear a yellow ribbon or put one on your car
  • Pledge to make the roads safer
  • Remove distractions and never use your mobile phone while driving
  • Don’t drive tired or under the influence!
  • Talk to others about how they can reduce their own risk as a driver, for their safety and the safety of others.

 

Take the ‘Pledge to Drive, So Others Survive!’ to reinforce safer driving habits within your own community.

  • I pledge to drive as if my loved ones are on the road ahead.
  • I will remove all distractions and never use my mobile phone while driving.
  • I will not put other people at risk by speeding, driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • I will protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way, by slowing down and giving them the space they need to be safe.

So far, over 33,600 and counting pledges have been made during 2020 to ensure safer roads around the country. 

For more resources and information on safe driving within Western Australia, visit the Transport Department website here

 

The greatest gift you can give to your loved ones is to arrive home safely. Please use caution, be aware of vulnerable road users and most of all – stay safe on the roads this coming holiday season!

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

12th November 2020

Recycling Week 2020: ‘A future beyond the bin’

This week is National Recycling Week (November 9-15), a week dedicated to providing an opportunity for the community to improve their recycling knowledge and build more sustainable habits around the home, school and workplace.

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark have established a well-regarded annual campaign, by educating and stimulating behaviour changes through the promotion of kerbside recycling and proving the tools for responsible waste minimisation.

The theme this year is ‘Recovery – A future beyond the bin’. Planet Ark invites the community to value their resources by giving them a second life.  

Photo Credit: Planet Ark

 

Remember the term ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’? Well, you’re already halfway there! Reducing our waste limits the need for use of virgin resources and keeps valuable materials out of landfill. 

We are also benefiting our precious environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the constant need for new materials. Let’s not forget, recycling saves us money in the long run!

 

The Australasian Recycling Label 

This label is an evidence-based system for Australia and New Zealand, providing us with an easy way of understanding recycling information for varied products.

Photo Credit: RecyclingNearYou.com.au

Containers For Change 

This initiative began in Western Australia in early October, and has thankfully taken off with success in our local communities. 

There are currently 209 active refund points across the state, allowing the deposit of a range of recyclable containers. Keep an eye out for the marked 10c collection logo!

Photo Credit: Containers For Change WA

Containers for Change – Local Collection Points: 

  • Return-It Express Kalgoorlie – 80 Brookman Street – Bag drop
  • Return-it Kalgoorlie – 5 Brooks Way, West Kalgoorlie – Depot, bag drop
  • Pit Bull Services Kambalda – 36 Clianthus Road, Kambalda West – Depot, bag drop
  • Pit Bull Services Coolgardie Mobile – Lot 2236 (No. 17) Arizona Street, Coolgardie – Pop-up

For more information regarding WA’s Containers for Change Scheme, visit their website here.

 

We strongly encourage our local community to get involved, and there are a number of ways to do it!

  • Rally your workmates to collect their empties – cans, bottles, etc. Use your collective earnings to throw a party!
  • Get the kids out and about – collecting over time will raise their allowance all while beautifying nature around them.
  • Take a packed lunch and go for a wander through the bush, you’d be surprised how much trash (and possibly treasure) you might find.
  • Dedicate one moment from your week to reducing waste – it could be repurposing a container, bringing a reusable bottle to work, or even recycling something you might usually throw in the rubbish bin without thinking about.

Find out more information below:

Photo Credit: RecyclingNearYou.com.au

 

It truly is the small changes that make a big difference.

To find out more about the hard work behind the National Recycling Week initiative, visit the Planet Ark website here.  

Happy Recycling Week! Share your sustainable journey with us using the #welovekb hashtag.

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

 

7th November 2020

Never Forgotten: Remembrance Day 2020

Photo Credit: Bibleway Christian Academy

Every year on 11th of November, we remember our brave soldiers who fought and died in the line of duty during wartime – originating from the First World War. 

At 11am on this day in 1918, the guns fell silent over the Western Front after more than four continuous years of warfare. German troops called for an armistice (suspension of  fighting) to secure a peace settlement, accepting allied terms that eventually led to their unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has remained a significant time of remembrance post-war.

Photo Credit: Aging With Freedom

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919, the two minutes’ silence was initiated as part of the main commemoration ceremony in London, which later became a universal and integral element of commemoration among the allied nations. 

It has been 102 years since the armistice of the First World War, and every year since, we remember our fallen heroes, for their bravery and sacrifice to allow the freedom of our nation today.

Crowd on Armistice Day in Sydney, 1919 – 1 year on from WW1
Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

 

Each day at the Australian War Memorial, stories of fallen servicemen or women from the Roll of Honour are told at the Last Post Ceremony. Traditionally, the eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier is read aloud – this being the 27th anniversary since it was first delivered. 

Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial will hold a nationally televised commemorative ceremony on Remembrance Day. The event will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC. As always, the service will include the laying of wreaths, as well as a minute’s silence on the 11th hour. 

Wear a poppy to symbolise your own hope and Remembrance, to honour service persons past and present, and show support to the Armed Forces community. 

Poppies became a well-established symbol of Remembrance Day. During WW1, much of the fighting occurred in Western Europe, where once beautiful landscapes were turned to muddy, barren scenes where nothing could ever grow.

However, there was one striking exception – the red Flanders poppy. The resilience of the flower allowed them to flourish amongst the chaos and carnage, growing in their thousands across the fields of France. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

Join the Commemoration event for Remembrance Day in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this Wednesday 11th November, with a free tour of the Goldfields War Museum from 1:30pm-2:30. Located at the Boulder Town Hall on Burt Street. 

Remembrance Day 2020 Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB Town Hall Museum Goldfields

Photo Credit: Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre

 

We hope to see our local community taking part in honouring our dedicated service persons this Remembrance Day. Share with us the traditions or celebrations taking place in your house this week with #welovekb!

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

7th November 2020

NAIDOC week festivities set to begin

NAIDOC week parade goers get into the spirit of the celebrations. Photo: NAIDOC KB

Let yourself be immersed in the magic of Dreamtime, sample some Indigenous cuisine, or get lost in the thrumming sounds of a digeridoo. Music, art, dancing, and food will be the cornerstones of NAIDOC week celebrations commencing Sunday and running through to Saturday, 14 November.

Opening day celebrations will be held in Centennial Park from 10am Sunday and will herald the week’s coming events which sees a schedule chock full of cultural activities. 

Goldfields Language Centre senior linguist and manager Sue Hanson said the opening day event will bring the community together to join in the celebrations.

“It is the most prominent day of all the celebrations because it is a way for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate,” Ms Hanson said.

“Opening day gives the opportunity for all townsfolk to be involved in a significant celebration around culture.” 

The Hon Ben Wyatt will officially open the celebrations with a speech on Sunday along with a speech by Mayor John Bowler.

Indigenous rock band Struggling Kings will perform at the NAIDOC week opening day on Sunday. Photo: NAIDOC KB

Entertainment including live music, dance performances and a Goldfields Girl fashion parade will complement a lunch of barbecued sausages, roo stew and damper. Face-painting, bouncy castle, crafts and all the space of Centennial Park will entertain kids as they run around and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the day.

Week-long celebrations will feature a parade, film festival, two separate cultural days, a PCYC kids dress-up party, elders luncheon, basketball carnival, and finish with the NAIDOC ball on the Saturday night.

“The parade (on Monday) is popular with the kids for all the lollies being thrown out,” Ms Hanson said.

“We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the celebrations and if you are not in the parade then to stand on the sides to cheer us on.”

For more information on NAIDOC week activities stop into the Goldfields Language Centre at their Hannan Street hub or visit the NAIDOC week Kalgoorlie-Boulder Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naidocKB for a full schedule of events.

NAIDOC opening day festivities promise loads of entertainment and fun for the family. Photo: NAIDOC KB

 

4th November 2020

First ‘Cup’ lunch a winner

Twilight Payment leads the Melbourne Cup Day race all the way to the finish line. Photo: Racing Photos

The bubbles were flowing, the fashion was on point, and the stakes were high as DeBernales’ inaugural Melbourne Cup Day lunch kicked off. The lunch, which started at 10am at the Hannan Street restaurant, welcomed approximately 80 locals with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival. DeBernales owner Luciano Vecchio was happy with the turnout.

“I was happy to leave it at 80 (attending),” Mr Vecchio said.

“I just wanted to make sure that I got it right because it was my first one and to give me a better idea for next year.” 

Canapes were on offer as punters kept their watchful eyes glued to the wall-mounted televisions around the room. As is par for the course when watching “the race that stops the nation” the DeBernales atmosphere was a mixture of tension and exhilaration. A few lucky patrons walked away winners as Twilight Payment scooped the win after holding the lead position for the entire 3200m course. 

Once everyone could let out their collectively held breath, the real wining and dining could begin. An enticing buffet was set toward the rear of the establishment with a selection of tempting canapes, succulent salads, and a delectable choice of roast, curry, fish, pasta and rolls for mains. This was all topped off with an impressive array of desserts which included a mouth watering tower of cream-filled profiteroles covered in chocolate sauce. 

Kate Ducrou, Andrea Reid, Bec Rainey, Laura Sanderson, Lindsay Sullivan, Briony Coleman, Caitlyn Robertson, Carmen Warmsley enjoyed their Melbourne Cup lunch at DeBernales. Photo: Sammy Schimanski

As patrons enjoyed their lunches, Manski & Schi provided a lovely fashion parade for entertainment which featured the season’s latest dress styles for all occasions. 

Mr Vecchio said it was a successful event that everyone enjoyed. 

“People were really easy going,” he said.

“Everyone got dressed up and made an effort and was in a good mood.

“It’s been one of my favorite events.”

Door prizes, giveaways and a prize for best dressed lady and gent rounded out the event.

Decadent desserts finished off the tantalising spread put on at DeBernales for their inaugural Melbourne Cup Day lunch. Photo: Sammy Schimanski

 

Kirsten Mitchell
Creative Writer
We Love KB

1st November 2020

Month of the Mo: Movember 2020

It is that time of year again! Moustaches will be popping up left right and centre for this year’s Movember campaign. Will you be growing out your mo’ for a good cause?

The Movember Foundation is an Australia-based charity, aiming to “change the face of men’s health”, by hosting their annual November event to raise vital funds and awareness on men’s health issues. 

Photo Credit: The Movember Foundation

 

Men are dying on average six years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons.

Mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer are the key issues needing preventative funding from the organisation. 

Since it was founded in 2003, the Movember Foundation has helped fund over 1250 projects related to men’s health. Their aim is to challenge the status quo, to get people talking and transforming the way health services reach and support Australian men.

Almost 10 million men globally are facing a prostate cancer diagnosis. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men, estimated to be around 575,000 men currently living with or having lived previously with the disease. 

Without prevention now, unchecked prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Globally, one man dies by suicide every minute, with males accounting for 75% of deaths by suicide. Testicular cancer remains the most common cancer among men aged 15-39 years of age.

 

In 2019 alone, Movember raised a collective total of $34 million dollars in Australia. So what does this mean for our future as a community? 

Half as many men will suffer serious side effects and avoid premature death from prostate and testicular cancers, as funds are distributed to encourage early screenings and prevention measures for the disease. 

With men feeling mentally healthy, there will be a predicted 25% reduction in the rate of male suicide. 

 

There are multiple ways to get involved with the cause this November. Raise funds for men’s health with your very own homegrown mo’, or, if that’s not for you, check out a few other options for the month of November

 

Photo Credit: The Movember Foundation

Take part in Move for Movember, a 60km race for the 60 men lost to suicide each hour globally. Or host your very own Mo-ment, because it’s all about having a good time for a good cause!

Photo Credit: The Movember Foundation

 

To find out more about fundraising resources, national leaderboards, ways to donate and more, visit the Movember Foundation website here

 

We love to see our KB community get together to raise awareness of important issues surrounding our health and wellbeing. Tag us in your Movember efforts at #welovekb hashtag on Facebook or Instagram!

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB