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A WONTHAGGI man has set
his sights on cycling between
Brisbane and Sydney in memo-
ry of his mother.
Dominic Miles has signed up
to take part in the annual Tour
de Cure fundraising ride, organ-
ised by an Australian charity de-
voted to raising awareness and
funds for cancer research.
Dominic lost his mother, well-
known local librarian Berna-
dette Miles, to lung cancer last
The family has long ties to
Wonthaggi and surrounds, with
Bernadette’s grandfather, Tom
Gannon, one of the region’s
most respected journalists for
Dom says it was a profound
shock to the family when Ber-
nadette was diagnosed with the
disease last April.
“ She didn’t smoke, barely
drank alcohol, ate well and was
physically fit, ” he said.
“She was only 65.
“ The cancer started in her
lungs but spread really quickly.
“ It made me realise that can-
cer does not discriminate and
can impact anyone at any time.
“ I applied to take part in Tour
de Cure a short time before she
The epic interstate ride will
cover nearly 15,000 in just 10
Already a keen cyclist, Dom
says he signed up for the trek
out of frustration when watch-
ing his mother’s health rapidly
“ I suppose doing this ride isn’t
so much about her, because
Mum wouldn’t have people mak-
ing a big deal about her, ” he
“As anyone who has ever been
close to someone suffering can-
cer knows, it’s a devastating
time for close friends and fam-
“ You see someone in pain and
you feel helpless and frustrated,
so you think about what you can
“ I figured that if doing this
ride could make even the tiniest
difference and some good can
come of it, then I’ll try.”
Dom is currently training in-
tensely for the big ride, which
kicks off on April 28.
“ I’m going through a 16-week
program at the moment where
I’m riding at least 500km per
week, and that will build up as
I get close to the tour, ” he said.
“I ’ve always ridden quite a lot,
but it’s good to have a new goal.”
Since the charity began in
2007, Tour de Cure riders,
volunteers and sponsors have
raised in excess of $20m.
Dom has already raised $8000
towards an individual goal of
To donate, visit www.tour-
decure.com.au and search for
‘Dominic Miles’ .
THIS summer, 31 nature lovers keen
to share their passion for camping and
the outdoors have begun their “dream”
volunteer job as campground hosts in
some of Victoria’s most popular parks.
Campground host volunteers offer
a friendly point of contact for visitors
and help Parks Victoria rangers look
after campsites during the busy holiday
season during summer and Easter.
Now in its 15th year, the program
has been enjoyed by more than 1300
volunteers and been welcomed by park
At Wilsons Promontory National
Park, mother and daughter Melanie
and Terese Dalman teamed up to help
visitors to get the most out of their stay.
They’ve been camping at Little Water-
loo Bay and coming back to Tidal River
every few days for fresh supplies and
“ I t has been absolutely glorious here, ”
“Mum and I have been amazed at the
diversity while we’ve been camping in
the forest with the beach just two min-
“ I ’ve been brought up with regular
camping trips and it’s great to share
this experience with others.
“ We’ve met lots of interesting people
as they pass through the campsite and
given them advice on things such as
where the best sources for fresh water
are while they are hiking, ” s aid Mela-
Parks Victoria Ranger Louise Buggy
said the support from campground
hosts is a big help and many people,
including the volunteers themselves,
gain a lot from the experience.
“ Our volunteers do a range of jobs
that include giving visitors information
and advice about the parks and attrac-
tions and helping with basic campsite
maintenance, ” she said.
“Advice about Total Fire Ban days is
also important during summer.
“ Campground hosts are great ambas-
sadors for our Healthy Parks Healthy
People approach that celebrates the
physical, mental and social benefits of
getting into nature.
“ It’s really rewarding to see people
sharing their passion of being outdoors
and helping to care for our parks at the
“ They receive training about the park
and customer service and many for-
mer hosts have gone on to employment
within environmental fields.
“ Volunteering can be a great intro -
duction and hands- on experience for
“ Research tells us that people volun-
teering in nature report higher levels of
physical activity and wellbeing.
“ So if you love getting out into nature,
exploring Victoria’s magnificent parks
and sharing the experience with like -
minded people, find out more about
Parks Victoria’s Campground Host Pro -
Expressions of interest are now being
taken for Campground Host volunteers
for Easter 2016.
For more information visit the volun-
teer page at www.parks.vic.gov.au or
call 13 19 63.
Dominic Miles is currently riding in excess of 500km a week as
he gears up for a major fundraising ride between capital cities later
this year. G020316
Riding miles for his mum
Terese and Melanie Dalman have been volunteering at Wilsons Promontory
these summer holidays.
Park campground hosts
share their passion for nature
THE photography competition titled
‘Heroes of the Tarwin Valley’ closes in
two weeks on Sunday, January 31.
The competition has $1,700 in priz-
es for adults and young people below
18 years of age who live or relate to
the broad Tarwin Valley.
The completion has been organized
by the Tarwin Valley Development
Group to highlight the amazing peo -
ple, beautiful places and events that
occur in the Tarwin Valley
“ It’s your opportunity to display
your talents and what you believe
is the essence of the Tarwin Valley,”
competition convener Andrew McE-
All entries must be taken within the
Tarwin Valley after the launch date of
Wednesday, December 16 2015.
All entries must have a caption with
your photo as well as details of where
and why it was taken.
The competition will be judged by
panel of professional photographers.
For further details and to enter on-
line visit the Tarwin Valley website at
We can all be heroes
of Tarwin Valley
FOUR volunteers with a com-
bined 97 years’ service on the San
Remo Recreation Centre Commit-
tee of Management were recognised
last month by the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and
“Raymond Dickie has been recog-
nised for 43 years of service,” DEL -
WP’s Program Manager for Public
Land Ian Morland said.
“Ray is stepping down as chair-
man after being in the role since the
committee was founded.
“Ray has been the driving force
behind the construction of the sec-
ond phase of the multipurpose in-
door courts and will continue to be
involved as a member of the com-
“In addition Jacqueline Butter-
field and Theresa Lee were both
recognised for 15 years of service,
and Gregory Kane and Lucas Hill
for 12 years of service.
“Certificates were presented to
each of the committee members.
“Though this is a small gesture,
we are pleased to be able to recog-
nise the important work these vol-
Across Victoria, over 1,500 crown
land reserves are managed by some
1,200 volunteer committees, com-
prising over 8,000 individual vol-
Due recognition for San Remo volunteers
Theresa Lee is thanked and congratulated for her
15 years’ service to the San Remo community.
Ray Dickie receives a certificate recognising his
43 years of service to the San Remo Recreation Cen-
tre Committee of Management from DELWP’s Ian
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