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Friday, 23 September

09:47

Friday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has received a ceremonial welcome to the Pentagon after arriving in Washington DC.

A 22 year old woman from Salisbury North was arrested this morning after a stabbing in Para Hills last night.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

Senior Liberal Christopher Pynne has claimed that Australians have been ‘nervous’ about Islamic terrorism long before Pauline Hanson’s return to politics.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house in Regional South Australia, contributing to the fight against domestic violence.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

The AFL preliminary final weekend begins tonight at the MCG with the Geelong Cats taking on the Sydney Swans, the game begins at 7:50PM local time.

Not-for-profit organisation Disability Recreation Sports SA will attempt to break a wheelchair basketball world record in a fundraising campaign.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

08:42

Friday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has received a ceremonial welcome to the Pentagon after arriving in Washington DC.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

Senior Liberal Christopher Pynne has claimed that Australians have been ‘nervous’ about Islamic terrorism long before Pauline Hanson’s return to politics.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

Members of Australia’s Paralympics team have started to arrive home after the event held its closing ceremony last weekend.

The AFL preliminary final weekend begins tonight at the MCG with the Geelong Cats taking on the Sydney Swans, the game begins at 7:50PM local time.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

Thursday, 22 September

13:31

Ready, willin’ and able: generosity and solidarity are key components of Williamstown singing group "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Leaving Melbourne via the Westgate Bridge on a Wednesday evening, clouds of steam cluster and dissipate into the darkening sky. It’s fair to assume these plumes are output from the factories and refineries dotting the coast like pins in a board from Port Melbourne to Geelong. It’s also possible that part of the component entering the atmosphere is a heady mix of CO2 and endorphins being exhaled by the Willin Wimmin of Williamstown, having their weekly sing.

10583998_1446634612280983_6251822852438359669_nWillin Wimmin past and present were reunited last month to celebrate 25 years as a community choir giving voice to women, and spreading the joy of singing and community to audiences in the west and beyond. By their reckoning, this amounts to roughly 1000 rehearsals, more than 200 performances, over 300 songs and 250 women who have been involved since the inception of the singing group.

Worthy of a knees up, by anyone’s standard. The room was filled with friends, partners and family, everyone brought their own dinner, there was support with sound and lighting from their mates at the Newport Community Choir: it was a community event in every sense of the word.

The group sprung from the John Bolton Theatre School which was based in Williamstown, back in 1991. John employed Bronwen Barton as his music teacher who, with John’s partner and a few friends started singing together. The seeds for Willin Wimmin were sown and interest quickly caught on among the community. The singers were not only Willin Wimmin, they were feisty women with a will and the current members continue to embrace this identity: They set out as sisters doing it for themselves, collaborating as a cooperative and proudly eschewing the committee way of doing things until more recently.

The increasing requirements of funding bodies and venues requiring insurance over the years created a gradual push to become incorporated and adopt a more formal arrangement. Willin Wimmin eventually (reluctantly) bowed to the external pressure, formed a management committee and became incorporated last year.

Back at the start, Bronwen was a great vocal coach whose philosophy that anyone can sing set the value of inclusivity which has underpinned the group ever since. There have never been auditions and the women make it clear that no singing experience or knowledge of music is necessary. A good sense of humour, the will to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity and a shared belief in supporting, and welcoming one another is what counts. Willin Wimmin sing with heart and choose their material from an eclectic selection of genres including world, folk, choral and contemporary.

Julie Merritt has sung with Willin Wimmin for 18 of its 25 years, joining when the youngest of her three children was around 12 months old. The social side of belonging to the group drew her in; she felt a sense of belonging and like she’d found her tribe.

A strong social justice theme runs throughout the choir, and Willin Wimmin have sung on demonstrations and rallies, at sport, art, health and women’s issues events. They’ve trodden the boards at a variety of venues, too: Deakin Edge Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre, the NGV as well as Fairlea Women’s Prison and Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre, to name but a few.

Willin Wimmin have been helped along their journey by the commitment from their leaders:

“We have been fortunate with our directors – they have each been fabulous, feisty, fearless, sometimes fearsome.  Each of them brought unique gifts and talents with warmth, patience and fun.  With...

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