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Panpa Bulletin : February 2010
MEMBER PROFILE I N a town where Afrikaans is the second most spoken language, the Kalgoorlie Miner’s new editor, Anne Skinner, has an interesting road ahead. As a Zimbabwean, Ms Skinner speaks a few words of Afrikaans but says the Miner, as it is locally known, has no intention of going a bilingual. The tabloid is one of the most remote in the Pacific region. Any urban dweller would swear this mining town sits in the middle of nowhere with residents owning an unassailed reputation for hard-living and drinking. Kalgoorlie’s wide streets and early 19th century outback architecture speak of a classic gold mining town. This is an Australia that is imagined by so many from outside the nation. Hot, tough and dusty. Ms Skinner, previously deputy editor at the Miner, took over as editor from John Horner in October and now leads the paper into its 115th year. The paper is concerned with indigenous issues, which take significant editorial space, but Ms Skinner says she is selective about editorial campaigns as there is no desire or constructive need to polarise a tight-knit and isolated population. Just outside Kalgoorlie lies Boulder Camp, where Aboriginal people stay for short-term visits to the town. Ms Skinner says the camp “barely had any toilet facilities” when it was first constructed. Recently, a woman was raped and murdered at the camp, forcing politicians to promise to improve what was a desperate situation. “If the woman was able to lock herself in her accommodation then she would have been safe,” says Ms Skinner. The Miner last year gained a nomination for Australia’s best- known media awards, the Walkleys, for coverage of the inquest into the death of an Aboriginal elder (name withheld for cultural reasons) who died of heat exhaustion while being transported to a jail in a prison security van. Reporter Natasha Boddy was nominated for the Walkley in the category of Best Print News Report. “It was absolutely fascinating, the most interesting story I’ve covered,” says Ms Boddy. The inquest featured loudspeakers outside the court so the elder’s family and friends could hear the evidence. “It was so important because it gave people a chance to get closure over his death,” she recalls. The nomination was one of the proudest moments for the Miner. The quality of Ms Boddy’s work has helped her gain a new job at the parent newspaper, the West Australian, in Perth – the world’s most remote city. Ms Boddy has spent two years at the Miner and is one of many journalists who have used the paper as a stepping stone to forge a career in metropolitan newspapers. “Working on a regional paper has been fantastic,” she says. “There is a lot happening out here. As the only regional daily, the paper allows you to cover a lot of interesting stories.” The West Australian’s gain is, unfortunately, editor Anne Skinner’s loss. Ms Boddy is treading a well- worn path across the desert to Perth. Ms Skinner continues: “The Kalgoorlie Miner is often used by young journalists as a stepping stone to the West Australian. This has always been the case”. Previous editor John Horner also left the Miner for the West Australian. The chief executive of the Perth- based company, Chris Wharton, holds the Miner in such respect that it was one of the first newspapers he visited when he took over in late 07. Since then, he has confessed the Miner is one of his favourites in the group. A high staff turnover is Ms Skinner’s greatest challenge. Once, she was so desperate for a sub-editor she had to advertise in South Africa. “Journalists often come here for six to 12 months; it is a training ground for graduates, most regional newspapers are,” she says. Although it is a struggle to retain journalists, a job advertised recently for a senior journalist role had applications from as far away as New York and Scotland. When asked if this could be a symptom of the many newspapers closing or reducing staff levels, she says: “It could be. We have never seen this before, but I don’t think I would get them to come over because I need mining journalists and people who have a knowledge about the country. “Business leaders complain that as soon as they get used to certain reporters, the reporters leave. It takes time to develop trust with sources, and good stories come through trust. It is not a major issue now but it could potentially be one in the future.” Ms Skinner is trying to employ locals. She has already taken on a keen school-leaver for her so-called gap year between high school and university. She’s going “great guns”. Ms Skinner says she wants the Miner to be very much part of the community. “I want more coverage of Lions and Rotary club events for community pages”, she continues. “Some people think you need to be dedicated either to hard news or community – you can do both”. Mining remains the major source of news. A weekly lift-out called Mine Talk is dedicated to the discussion of business, environmental and economic issues of the mining sector in Kalgoorlie, along with the daily news stories. Environmental issues seem to get the biggest rise out of the mining population. In a town where mining is the most prominent industry, the need to react to climate change poses a major threat to the workers in Kalgoorlie. The prosperity of the mining sector directly affects the health of the Miner. Ms Skinner says the paper enjoys the riches of the recent mining boom, which corrected at the time of the global financial crisis. “The decline in circulation was instantly noticeable when local nickel mines shut because of the dramatic drop in nickel price. About a year later, we were starting to regain those circulation losses when the GF C flattened out circulation again.” Miner journalists uncovering the truth of their town country likeI am”. “It’ll open the gates for fur- ther industriali ti ih DON’Tquityourday job,Mis- sy. That’s what KalgoorlieFed- eral MP Barry Haase has told award-winning Au stralian singer Missy Higgins after she voiced her opposition to a pro- posed gas hub on the Kimber- ley coast in a letter to Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett. James Price Point is thepre- ferred site fo r a liquefied natu- ral gas (LNG) processing hub for producers tapping gas off- shorein theBrowse Basin. The site is 60km north of Broome. Mr Haase said he sent the “poorly informed” Ms Higgins a three-pageletter last weekto bring some “salient facts” to her attentionafterhe wasirked by her “repeated, emotive and clearly deluded comments in the media” which smacked of “bourgeois hypocrisy”. He said he wanted the “fly- in, fly-out celebrity” to know the people of the Kimberley were not promotional tools to sell music and concert tickets and her tfh generat ions of Kimberley resi- de nts. “People should think twice beforebeing swept upina wave of self promotionby a celebrity who doesn’t appreciate (the LNG)development is a lifeline for disadvantaged people who can own their own home and ultimately provide their chil- dren and their children’s chil- dren with a safe place to live,” Mr Haase said. Ms Higgins should leave the issue to people who are “elect- ed, equipped and entitled to comment”, he said. Missy, or Melissa, Higginsis not the first pop celebrity told tokeeptheirfeet out ofthepo- litical shark tank. Bono, Sting and even a younger, greener Peter Garrett haveall previously copped rep- rimands. But such a painstaking and somewhat personal eviscera- tion of a celebrity is unusual. Ms Higgins, who owns a house in Broome in which she apparently wrote most of her second album, has claimed people on the East coast don’t so tragically” east coastpeople enjoy discretionary spending education, yo u are unable to fh are among “themostdisadvan- taged communities i A t Haase tells Higgins: give politics a miss Goldfields Weekender 16-page liftout inside WEEKEND EDITION P ass i o nf or t ro u b l e Junior Sport Page 58 Desert school principal Desert school principal Page 40 SATURDAY APRIL 11 2009 Established 1895 www.kalminer.com.au $1.40* (inc. GST) “The LNG project is a lifeline for disadvantaged people.” – BARRY HAASE “Once you open that door there’s no stopping it.” – MISSY HIGGINS Singer slammed over ‘deluded’ gas hub comment By Adam Kolberg SATURDAY-SUNDAYAPRIL 11-12 2009 Full details of how to enter the 2010 PANPA Ad Awards can be found at www.panpa.org.au AFAMILY BEREFT THE doctor who tried to save Mr Ward’s life told an inquest yesterday the Aboriginal elder’s skin felt like a hot cup of coffee when he received medical treatment following his col- lapse in a prison van. Dr Anju Mahesh Reddy, an emer- gency specialist whotreatedMrWard at Kalgoorlie Hospital, testifiedit was likely his body temperat ure would havebeenhigher than 45C by the time he reached thehospital. Mr Ward died of heatstroke after being transported in the back of a prison van with no air-conditioning for fo ur hours in 42C heat. Dr Reddy and clinical nurseFranc- es Wakeham, who assisted with Mr Ward’s resuscitation attempts, both told the inquest Mr Ward’s skin had beenwet and was very warmtotouch. “It felt like touching a hot cup full of coffee,” Dr Reddy told State Cor- oner Alastair Hope. MrWardhad a 41.7Cbody temper- ature afterreceivingtwolitresofintra- venous fluids and spending 20 minutes in an ice bath at Kalgoorlie Hospital, but died despite the treat- ment . Sad family: Mr Ward’s widow Nancy and four ofher five children on their way toattend the inquestinto his death. Photo: MARY MILLS By Natasha Boddy Aboriginal elder’s skin felt like ‘a hot cup of coffee’: Dr Reddy Dr Mahesh Reddy Nurse Frances Wakeham Continued on page6 WEEKEND EDITION Goldfields Giants 12 page liftout Goldfields Weekender 16 page liftout inside baby baby year year of the of the 20 08 2008 Goldfields Competition Competition Voting coupon page 2 Treasured SATURDAY MARCH 142009 Established 1895 www.kalminer.com.au $1.40* (inc. 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GST) Schools Page 25 • Budget 2008: What’s in it for our region – page 3 POLICE are considering the possibil- ity a skeleton discovered in bushland near Menzies on Wednesday may be the remains of murdered Boulder man Gavin Stubbs, who was killed on March 26, 1989 . Allan David Thompson was con- victed of wilful murder, but never led police to the body. Thompson was convicted in 1998 after his girlfriend repeated state- ments to police abo uthis confessions. He was sentenced to a minimum 15- year jail term. Mr Stubbs’ body was never found despite extensive searches of old mine shafts near Menzies. Theman who discovered the skele- ton on Tuesday, Bruce Shute, told the Kalgoorlie Miner the boots appeared to be about20 years old. An inquest in 2002 heard that Mr Stubbs, a 19-year-old apprentice butcher, was believed to have been abd ucted from outside a Kalgoorlie pizzabar, tied up and violently beaten before being pushed into a disused mine shaft near Menzies. Gavin Stubb s’ father, Bob Stubbs, said after the inquest he feared his son’s body would never be found and laid to rest. Mr Stubbs said he did not believe thekiller was telling the truth. MYSTERY SOLVED? Grim find: The boot and ahuman bone discovered in bushland30km north ofMenzies on Wednesday. Timber (right) covered the scene, including the skull (top right). Police are considering the possibility the find may solve an 18-year-old murder mystery. Photos: BRUCESHUTE Skeleton find linked with 18-year- old murder case By Mi chael Gorey Continued on page3 STATE pathologist Dr Clive Cooke and forensic anthropologist Dr Ala- na BucktravelledfromPerthtoinves- tigate the crime scene near Menzies after human remains were fo und on Wednesday morning. Det-Sen. Sgt Peter Foley con- firmed yesterday the discovery by Boulder air-compressor technician BruceShute was being treated as sus- pi ci ous. He said as far as the police were concerned “it’s considered a crime sc ene” . “There were a few factors at the scene that the police observed which led us to call in the forensics special- ists,” he said. “Drs Cooke and Buck are out there recovering the scene. They are collecting bones, teeth and whatever evidence they deem necessary to assist in identifying theperson.” Det-Sen. Sgt Foley said it was too early to speculate on the person’s identity or gender. “We cannot say whether theperson was a man or woman,” he said. Forensic experts probe Menzies bush site Continued on page3 By Nadene Parsons Editor Anne Skinner . . . committed to her newspaper and her town Right: A selection of front pages from the Kalgoorlie Miner. Far Right: Anne Skinner’s favourite front page . . . ‘a bit grizzlie but good for the paper” PHOTO: Travis Anderson www.panpa.org.au Nugget of gold Rebecca Leaver NPA 20 | The PANPA Bulletin | MARCH 2010