Community Walking Group has restarted at BGCC every Friday, with a dedicated walk leader Bec at 9.00am, and is for all ages and is followed by a group morning tea.
Banksia Grove Residents Association
Vacancies: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer.
Neither I, nor the treasurer, will be re-nominating at the residents' association AGM this July. So it could be curtains for the BGRA.
But residents should thank the active members of the BGRA for a good job done over recent years:
However, truthfully the BGRA looks to be relatively dormant now, for two reasons:
1) even though the BGRA has steered BG through some significant changes over the last 5 years (new developers, road crossings, amenities, environmental issues), those changes are now in place, and there's not much more we can do about them now. The big exception to this is regarding the plans to develop over the Gnangara water mound.
2) And even though BGRA is an excellent way to start new projects in the Community Plan, it's not the only way, and apparently few residents want new things at the moment anyway.
So since there are some urgent needs at the Primary School which effects hundreds of families, I've decided to put my time there (I'm Chair of the school council).
Bottomline: the BGRA is a great vehicle awaiting drivers. May I finish with a caution: whoever wants to drive the BGRA, please remember that it's not a machine, it's made of people. Handle with care.
One reason some people don't get involved with groups, is a fear of getting "sucked into a cult." So rather than simply stay away from everyone, here's a list to help you assess any social group on its cult-like-ness.
It's not so much about beliefs, as behaviors. Therefore, not only religious groups can behave like a cult - so can businesses, employers, government institutions, even social groups. So be aware of these simple criteria of a cult. Make your own assessments, if you're wondering about any group of people. Fore-warned is fore-armed.
Here are the criteria:
1. Authoritarian, dominating structure [vs Empowering structure
2. Allegiance to one person’s teaching [vs Various input
3. The only group with the way to paradise [vs Recognize other groups
4. Submissive & unquestioning loyalty [vs Critical loyalty
5. Suspicious of “outsiders” [vs Open to all
6. Closed secrets, or even deliberate lies (justified deception.) [vs Honesty Open access
7. Mind control techniques, to control members fatigue, repetition, intimidation, manipulation, threats, [vs Fair argument encouraged
8. Total control over all aspects of members lives - Abuse members’ freedoms & rights to choose: theological, spiritual, social, psychological, choices, etc. [vs Empower to work out implications
9. Require substantial financial support to the group [vs Finance a marginal matter
10. Lives totally absorbed in group activities [vs Encourage wider life
11. Lose personal identity (including name changes) [vs Individuality valued
12. Personality changes, paranoia / persecution complex [vs Healthier self-image
13. Social disorientation – unable to socialize outside the group [vs Interaction outside group encouraged
14. Severe guilt complexes [vs Non-conditional Acceptance
List adapted from www.culthelp.info /
Go the Neerabup Rangers!!!
Banksia Grove is in the West Perth Falcons Football Club zone, and they're helping get Auskick off the ground here, for the district. On winter Saturday mornings, boys & girls meet at Peridot Oval.
Click here for the Neerabup Rangers website
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