In this week’s Manjimup-Bridgetown Times, all the results from the weekend’s local government elections including Manjimup, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Boyup Brook, Nannup and Donnybrook-Balingup Shires, a Lower South West football talent shares the experience of her first few weeks at the Fremantle Dockers and numbats have returned to an area where a prescribed burn was believed to have wiped them out. Omodei relieved to keep seat Manjimup Shire president Paul Omodei has breathed a sigh of relief after finishing on top in the local election on Saturday. The Shire leader came out on top in Manjimup’s central ward against deputy Shire president Jayde Darin after securing 830 votes out of 1477 cast. Cr Omodei said although he was nervous going into election night and was concerned issues like the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme and the COVID-19 vaccination incentive program could have torpedoed his chances. Dockers recruit’s pre-season rush Manjimup football talent Dana East has shared how she has found the first few weeks of AFLW pre-season as she starts to settle in at the Fremantle Football Club. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Dockers in the 2021 AFLW Draft in July after a stand-out season with Swan Districts in the WAFLW where she was a joint McSherry medallist. With two weeks of official pre-season under her belt, East said she had certainly enjoyed her experience so far but it was a “big change” in terms of training and workload. Return of the numbat Numbats have been spotted back in the South West almost seven months after a prescribed burn devastated one of two wild habitats for the endangered marsupial in the State. The Weinup burn-off by the Department of Biosecurity, Conservation and Attractions scorched almost 1900ha of land in Perup, east of Manjimup, on March 25. Nearby residents believe the blaze wiped out almost the entire population of wild numbats in the area, while destroying habitats and leaving animals to be euthanised because of their burns.