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27th December 2020

Improving Your Livelihood: Resolutions for 2021

 

Let’s start out with a simple truth: 2020 hasn’t been kind to any of us. We have faced the global coronavirus pandemic, challenges of social distancing, it has been one of the warmest years on record, and let’s not forget that our country was up in flames for half of the year!

Living in a stressful time, keeping a positive outlook and approach to life is the key to happiness. As the year dwindles to a finish, we can take a moment to reflect on all the bad that has occurred, or we can take those bad times as opportunities for growth and prosperity for a better year to come. 

Although it might seem cliché, New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to start your journey to a more balanced, harmonious way of life. 

Take some time to write down what you’re grateful for, what you wish to change or improve, and what goals you hope to achieve in the future.

Resolutions can be whatever you want them to be. It could be your health, connection to loved ones, travel, time management, kicking a bad habit or maybe even developing a good one, like making your bed every morning. 

To help kickstart the process of finding the perfect resolution(s) to fit your life, we have made a list of our top 5 for 2021:

 

Build a budget

  • The main dramas for the majority of people this year has been financial insecurity. Now is the perfect time to curate a personalised budget with realistic savings goals and STICK TO IT! You won’t believe just how quickly your dollars add up! 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Take the road less travelled 

  • The travel bug died briefly in many of us this year, but not for long! With border restrictions easing by the day, now is the perfect chance to get out and about and explore Western Australia for all of it’s natural beauty. (Or should we say, Wander Out Yonder!)

Photo Credit: Michael Haluwana (@aeroture_aus on IG)

Own a plant

  • The presence of an indoor plant has been proven to lower stress and improve the air quality, while the active care of a plant helps to calm the autonomic nervous system, lowers blood pressure and improves levels of concentration. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Drink those fluids

  • This one is on the list for obvious reasons. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, and the overload of sugary drinks and alcohol through quarantine hasn’t done us any favours!

Photo Credit: freshwatersystems.com

Stop being so hard on yourself

  • All in all, a great deal of events in 2020 have been shocking, disappointing and tiresome. Please give yourself the benefit of knowing that we’ve all suffered in one way or another. You’re not the only one with piled up dirty laundry or an extra 10kg on the scales post-COVID-19. 

Photo Credit: diddiandmo.co.uk

 

Give yourself a pat on the back for getting through a really tough time, and be proud that you’re on the right track for a better, brighter 2021.

Here’s to you smashing your goals in the year to come!

Happy New Year!

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

22nd December 2020

Christmas in the Park Continues Tradition of Bringing Locals Together

Isolation almost seems like a thing of the past as 2020 winds down, but if you are among those who are still far from loved ones this Christmas Day you don’t have to spend it feeling isolated thanks to the annual Christmas in the Park celebrations.

The 20-year-old event welcomes locals each year to Centennial Park for a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Former event organiser Tracey McCartney said the event has evolved over the years into the community event that it is.

It took a while to get people to understand that they didn’t have to be ‘hard up’ to come along,” Mrs McCartney said.

“It’s really become about community, which I love.”

Now under the reigns of community-based organisation Empowering People In Communities (EPIC) who took over the event this year, Christmas in the Park is sure to be the best one yet.

“EPIC is very community-focused and very big on inclusion and a lot of what we’re doing is that community access and social support and participation with people living with a disability,” EPIC Kalgoorlie disability coordinator Sarsha Lander said.

“We wanted to bring that inclusiveness into the event as well as putting it out there that the event aligns with what we do.”

Pop down on Friday from 11am-2pm and enjoy a packed Christmas lunch of roast turkey, chicken or a vegetarian option whilst listening to live music from a shaded table.

A visit from Santa, presents for the kids, a photobooth, popcorn, fairy floss, bouncy castle, water activities, and a water misting tent to cool off under will add to the festive atmosphere.

Christmas in the Park will provide food and fun for the whole family this Christmas Day.

 

Kirsten Mitchell
Creative Writer
We Love KB

20th December 2020

School’s Out! Boredom Busters 2020

The school holidays have fast approached us, and some parents may be stuck thinking: “Six weeks! What am I going to do with these kids?!” But have no fear! 

Our local community organisations and businesses have come together to provide us with an exceptional range of adventure, creativity and fitness activities to keep our youngsters busy over the Summer holidays. Take a gander at what’s on offer: 

 

Hannans North Tourist Mine

Climb on a giant 793C haul truck, stand in the bucket of a 994 loader, take a self-guided tour of the site, listen to Paddy tell his tale of discovery and pan for gold. Open Sun-Fri 9-4PM.

 

The Nature Passport

Get the kids off the screens and explore outside with their own City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Nature Passport! Collect from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre.

Photo Credit: Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre

Museum of the Goldfields

These school holidays are jammed packed with awesome exhibitions and workshops on offer at the local Museum!

 

Exhibition – Preppers

Around the world, thousands of people are steadfastly preparing for the end of civilisation as we know it. Learn all about Doomsday preppers, and how they collect specialised survival products, skills and knowledge. Free, daily. All ages welcome.

Photo Credit: Dan McCabe

Survival 102 – Surviving the Goldfields – Engage with a local snake handler, learn about preserving food and surviving the unforgiving Goldfields landscape.
16th Jan 10:30am-2pm. 

All ages, free activity.

 

Water Fun – Take a break from the heat and ride your bike or run through the kiddy car wash in the Museum gardens.
19 Dec – 31 Jan, all ages welcome.

 

Building Miniature Bush Shelters – Have a go making your own mini creation from materials you would find in the bush! 

29th Dec – 2nd Jan & 12th – 16th Jan from 10:30am-12pm.

5th – 9th Jan & 19th – 23rd Jan from 1-3pm.

$5 for ages 6+, bookings essential.

 

Design Your Own Camouflage Bag – Designed from recycled t-shirts, print and paint your own! 

29th Dec – 2nd Jan, 12th – 16th & 26th – 30th Jan from 1:30-3pm

5th – 9th & 19th – 23rd Jan from 10:30am-12pm

$5 for ages 8+, bookings essential. 

 

Chunky Timber Co. 

Enjoy making a creation in the beading room, with Nully Buddies starting from $20. Try your hand at some pyrography artwork, burn designs on beads for Christmas tree decorations and serving boards for the table!

Book here: https://www.chunkytimberco.com/book or phone 0417 980 728.

Photo Credit: Chunky’s

Palace Theatre Recreation Centre – Roller Skating

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursdays from January 10

Beginners Session – 11-12pm $4 per person *parental supervision required*

General Session 1-3pm $8 per person

$2 Blade/Skate hire – adults @ kids prices

*Kids Special – fruit box, small chips and lolly bag – $2*

For any queries, call 0427 990 019

 

Archer Boulders

Indoor rock climbing for ages 10+. $15 per child for unlimited sessions. Expert climbing guidance at all times!

 

BMG Gaming Lounge

Put your gamer skills to the test on a range of different consoles, coupled with an awesome selection of games to keep the kids busy for hours! Join in all the fun at 52 Hannan Street.    

 

We hope your family gets to make the most out of these activities, and wish you all a safe and happy school holiday!

 

Sinead Porter

Creative Writer

We Love KB

15th December 2020

December Member’s Monthly Blog: Carriages Restaurant

Welcome to the December 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 focus our attention on a beloved local eatery, Carriages Restaurant, located through reception at the Quality Inn Railway Motel. 

Carriages Restaurant is an elegant, warm and relaxed atmosphere, catering to the public for breakfast and dinner, seven days a week. 

We got the chance to speak with Operations Manager, Kris Day, who gave us an insight of the inner workings of the business, as well as highlighting the quality dining experience you can expect to receive.

The business offers a seasonal menu providing a large range of contemporary foods suitable for all kinds of palates, as well as three separate function rooms catering up to 100 people. (With social distancing in place, of course!)

Function setting
Credit: Carriages Restaurant

The friendly customer service and loyalty to culinary perfection are what really set this business apart from their competitors. The chefs can easily adapt their delicious menu to suit a range of dietary requirements, with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options included!

Fig & Ginger Pudding
Credit: Carriages Restaurant

When it comes to advertising, Carriages keep up with general radio and newspaper publications. However the tried and true method seems to always work – as Kris says, “Word of mouth is always best when it comes to food!”

Moroccan Lamb
Credit: Carriages Restaurant

Kris comments that management can make or break the success of a business.

“Good management and staff with the ability to adapt quickly to changes, [which was] especially evident this year,” Kris said.

Carriages Restaurant is run by around a dozen wait staff and chefs. “The biggest challenge is finding enough staff to run a busy restaurant seven days a week,” Kris said.

Operating the restaurant can be very challenging at times, Kris comments, “The isolation and distance [has] created issues for supplies and equipment, and we struggle to find enough staff.”

But although times can be tough, the amazing positives outweigh.

“Last year, we completed a huge renovation of the restaurant, including all new fridges, a tiled feature wall, new artworks, paintwork and furniture,” Kris said.

Carriages Restaurant has also supported various local charities, such as Goldfields Children Charity and other events within our community. 

Waldorf Chicken
Credit: Carriages Restaurant

The behind-the-scenes faces at Carriages Restaurant are proud of what has been achieved so far, and we expect to see more great food and enjoyable evenings be produced in the future!

To book in or make an enquiry, call in directly at 9088 0000 or visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

OPENING HOURS

Breakfast – continental or fully cooked
6.00am to 9.00am – Monday to Friday
6.00am to 9.00am – Saturday
7.00am to 9.00am – Sunday

Dinner – 5pm until 8.30pm – 7 days a week.

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

6th December 2020

Shop Lokal: Christmas Edition 2020

The jolly day is just around the corner, and I can bet that a lot of us haven’t had time to even think about Christmas, let alone buying gifts for our nearest and dearest – but have no fear, We Love KB is here!

With the hustle and bustle of the festive season, we’ve put together a guide to Shop Lokal: 2020 Christmas Edition.

This list comprises many local faces from businesses around the Goldfields, specialising in art, design, home décor and giftware, as well as options for the little ones.

Consider your Christmas shopping sorted!

 

Home & Giftware


Fossick & Co

This fanciful boutique features an array of unique gifts from handmade chocolates and preserves to handcrafted jewellery, accessories, homewares and body products. 

The best part? Everything is by local artisans, proudly supporting independent Australian hand makers and designers! Pop in at 93 Egan Street.

Credit: Fossick & Co

 

Prue’s Perfect Pieces

The name really says it all! At Prues, you’ll find the perfect present amongst a wide collection of home décor, giftware and accessories – for that special someone, or to spoil yourself! Find your perfect piece at 203 Hannan Street.

Credit: Prue’s Perfect Pieces

Little Poppy Lane

Here is the one-stop shop for all your gifting needs! With a giant collection, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Little Poppy Lane.
They even gift wrap and drop them to your door for FREE in KB! Or you can pop into the shop at Hannans Boulevard.

Credit: Little Poppy Lane

Fig & Phoenix 

Here you will find all natural, handmade bath and body products, as well as home décor including stunning macramé rainbow designs! 

Credit: Fig & Phoenix

Soul & Soy Candle Co

This independent creative melts the hearts of the Goldfields region with her hand-poured 100% soy wax candles and melts. Now proudly stocking Eco Modern Essential Oils, as well as offering a range of home and car diffusers, room sprays and more.

Credit: Soul & Soy

Art, Crafts & Design


KB Creatives Pop Up Shop

Find the pink sign on Boulder Road, with amazing artistry and designs by Mel Taylor, M A Warren, Jarrad Price, Katherine Sullivan and local luxe stationery designer The Standard Creative Co. 

In the shop you’ll find crafted homewares such as cartoon drawings, paintings, digital prints, resin wood designs and accessories, just to name a few!

Credit: KB Creatives group

Chunky Timber Co

Handcrafted timber reclaimed from our local bushland. Each functional wooden art piece is uniquely beautiful, making no two pieces at Chunky’s the same. Pieces are oiled using environmentally friendly and food safe Gilly Stephenson’s oils. Head over to see Chunky at 40 Oroya Street!

Credit: Chunky Timber Co

Stormy’s Resinating Creations

Handmade resin paintings and creations, with some pieces containing wood, natural Esperance sand and other natural items in resin settings. Custom orders available!

Credit: Stormy Rowe

Sparkle and Yarn

From crocheted items, to personalised mugs, tumblers, pens and so much more! Sparkle and Yarn have a range of products for any occasion, and love creating new items for their clients.

Credit: Sparkle and Yarn

Our Desert Designs

Designing and creating beautiful custom décor and specialty creations through laser engraving and 3D printing. Capture the attention with a personalised gift this Christmas!

Credit: Our Desert Designs

Kids and Baby 


The Gift Stork

Gift boxes curated with stunning, high-quality products designed by small Australian businesses. Whether you’re looking to welcome a precious new baby to the world, or you want to spoil a Mumma To Be, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for!
A bonus: every box is hand packed using sustainable packaging.

Credit: The Gift Stork

Bubba and Boof 

Handmade specialty clothing items for all the little ones in our lives, made with love right here in the Goldfields! Custom sets, sibling sets and premade items available for purchase.

Credit: Bubba and Boof

Wanderluxe & Co

This company aims to provide stunning everyday clothing and hair accessories for any mum who loves dressing their bub in a quality outfit! Their aim in design is to create handmade, comfortable and stylish pieces to bring a luxurious feel to kids’ casual clothing.

Credit: Wanderluxe & Co

This list barely puts a dent in the amazing range of local businesses we have on offer around Kalgoorlie-Boulder, but we hope we can take some of the edge off of our readers during this busy season! 

 

Happy shopping, and have a Merry Christmas!

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

 

2nd December 2020

Spread Joy to Local Families with Salvos Christmas Appeal

 

Photo: salvationarmy.org.au

Christmas is an exciting and joyful time for most families across Australia, but it can also be a financial drain even for the modest income earner. That’s where the Salvation Army comes in.

The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is in full swing in Kalgoorlie-Boulder with local schools, businesses and the Kmart Wishing Tree helping families across the community to share in the spirit of giving and receiving this Christmas.

For over 100 years the Salvation Army has been looking after the needs of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community and making sure locals have food on the table at Christmas and toys for the children to play with.

Local Salvation Army corps officer Bethany Baillee said anyone could apply for support with new toys and a hamper. 

“We find that families who would otherwise not be able to afford to buy new toys for Christmas come through, walk out with a smile knowing their kids will love them,” Mrs Baillee remarked.

“It is a sigh of relief for families doing it tough.”

The Salvos are requesting unwrapped gifts and hamper items.

“What is most needed for the hampers is Christmas cakes or puddings, chocolates, long life custard, canned vegetables, and fruit,” Mrs Baillee said. 

“We also always struggle with enough toys for teenagers.”

“Vouchers for stores like E.B.Games and Kmart are helpful as we all know teenagers can be hard to buy for.”

So consider adding an extra long-life milk to the trolley next time you’re at the shop. For as little as one dollar you could be making a big difference to someone’s Christmas day.

For drop-off locations and more information contact corp officers BJ and Bethany Baillee on 9021 2255 or drop goods off at the mission centre at 50 Oberthur Street, South Kalgoorlie, Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to 3pm and Thursdays from noon to 3pm.

Photo: salvationarmy.org.au