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First outdoor Expo at
Foster this weekend
THE Inaugural Foster Outdoor Expo at the
Foster Showgrounds on January 7 and 8 is the
regional Lifestyle Expo you have been waiting
With more than 100 exhibitors showcas-
ing the best on offer for camping, fishing and
caravanning, you are sure to find something to
spark your next adventure!
Get the right gear, expert advice and all the
tips and tricks from the people in the know!
The expo is proudly brought to you by the
Foster Football and Netball Club, who aim to
raise funds for two new netball courts.
The club’s major sponsor is New Age Cara-
vans Gippsland, who will bring everything you
could want in caravanning, camping, boating,
fishing, and much more.
Children are catered for with PGL (Camp
Rumbug) team activities and jumping castles.
There will also be live music, the famous
Ranger Nick’s bush cooking demonstrations
and other on-site food including Mexican, spit
roast meats, barbecues and much more.
Others to attend include Drum Furniture,
BCF Traralgon, Husqvarna, JSL Light Engines,
in fact everything to cover the outdoor enthu-
Gates open from 10am till 5pm daily.
Entry is $10 for adults and there’s no charge
plan for Bass Coast
BASS Coast is to be an additional place-
based suicide prevention site following the
State Government’s announcement last week
that it will partner with Gippsland PHN (Pri-
mary Health Network) and five other PHNs to
develop local strategies to prevent suicides
in the community.
This additional funding follows the an-
nouncement of six place-based suicide pre-
vention initiatives earlier this year as part of
its effort to halve the suicide rate by 2025
Mornington Peninsula and Frankston,
Brimbank and Melton, Whittlesea, Mildura,
Latrobe Valley and Ballarat.
“The partnership with Primary Health Net-
works expands on our strong investment in
suicide prevention – working together will
deliver better mental health outcomes for
the community, ” Minister for Mental Health
Martin Foley said.
Gippsland PHN will expand on this invest-
ment in partnership with the State Govern-
ment, establishing an additional place -based
suicide prevention site in Bass Coast.
“The Gippsland PHN Health Survey ‘Tell
Maria’ in October 2016 confirmed mental
health as one of three top health priorities in
the region, ” Gippsland PHN CEO Marianne
“The additional funding will be used to
work collaboratively with key stakeholders
to plan and implement a local community-
based suicide prevention strategy. ”
It will be important for these place based
trials to occur in the context of the existing
mental health service system, and to align
with other work such as the Fifth National
Mental Health Plan.
“Gippsland PHN has already been work-
ing with partners to plan for a stepped care
model of mental health, in response to Com-
“We welcome the opportunity to continue
this work in developing a suite of interven-
tions based on locally identified gaps and
barriers in the mental health system, ” Ms
The Victorian suicide prevention frame-
work 2016-25 sets a target to halve Victoria’s
suicide rate by 2025.
Gippsland PHN will also work towards
establishing a way to better support people
leaving hospital after a suicide attempt, in
keeping with Victoria’s suicide prevention
If you or someone you know needs sup-
port, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue
on 1300 224 636.
Facts relevant to suicide
prevention in Bass Coast:
• Mental health is a leading cause of dis-
ability across Gippsland.
• 15.4 per cent of adults in Bass Coast
experience high or very high psychosocial
distress. This is high compared to Victoria
• Gippsland has a high rate of premature
deaths due to suicide and self-inflicted in-
Bikes for those in most need
COLES Supermarkets across Gippsland have
spread some joy, with 14 stores raising $30,000
to purchase bikes and toys to give to disadvan-
taged children this Christmas.
The supermarkets gave away 284 bikes and
helmets, along with a variety of toys, with the
Wonthaggi store giving away 20 bikes with the
help of the Wonthaggi Anglican Church and Bass
The store held a dress up day, instore raffles
and local artist Fiona Kennedy donated a paint-
ing worth $825 to raffle.
The Wonthaggi outlet also participated in a
trivia night with the region’s stores, which raised
Wonthaggi Coles store manager Jim Dendrou-
lakis said they were looking to do a similar fund-
raising drive next year.
“It’s a fantastic cause and it’s an opportunity
for kids that otherwise wouldn’t get the opportu-
nity to get a bike,” he said.
“It’s great for families who actually struggle
to put food on their tables. So I think for us to
give them something a little extra and a bit of joy
over Christmas and New Year’s and something
to help them keep on going is what it’s all about.
“My biggest hope is that it does touch the fami-
lies that need it most.”
Wonthaggi Coles staff members Renatah Pereira, Jackie Farrington, Sharon Orlandi, Rhett
Scott and store manager Jim Dendroulakis were thrilled to give away 20 bikes and various
toys to local disadvantaged children this Christmas. Rg025216
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