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THE Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club’s
fundraising campaign for an im-
proved clubhouse started in the best
possible way on Saturday, with a
sell- out High Tea.
Almost 100 people attended the
event held in an almost unrecogni-
sable club hall, beautifully decorated
by the team of volunteers.
One of the event’s organisers Irma
Hyde said the forecast of high tem-
peratures caused some concerns but
with all the windows and the double
doors open, guests enjoyed a sea
breeze with the sandwiches, cakes
“The members of the public who
attended that I’ve spoken to said it
was just fantastic.
“We said it would be a more casual
type of event, but the guests said the
way it was presented, it looked like a
proper high tea. ”
The event raised $3000, twice as
much as they’d hoped for, and Joan
Scott, another club volunteer, said
there was another interest that the
hall could have been filled two times
Needless to say, the event will be
back again next year.
THE State Government is taking action to
prevent animal abuse in hot weather by up -
dating its animal welfare legislation to ensure
inspectors can crack down on cruelty even
faster this summer.
Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, is
also sounding a warning to pet owners who
neglect their furry loved ones by leaving them
in cars during extreme heat.
Causing animals to suffer can be a crimi-
nal offence and if your pet suffers as a result
of being left in a car, you can be fined up to
$77,730 or face two years’ imprisonment if
Strengthening Victoria’s animal welfare
legislation with new powers serves as a cau-
tionary reminder to anyone with an animal in
their care to take responsibility for ensuring
its safety and welfare, particularly during ex-
treme heat which sees cases of animal neglect
peak in summer.
Inspectors were previously restricted to
whom they could give a formal ‘notice to com-
ply’ under animal welfare laws.
Recent changes to the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Act (POCTA) legislation enacted
by the Labor Government are now in effect,
meaning Agriculture Victoria officers, Victo -
ria Police and RSPCA Inspectors all have the
authority to issue a notice to anyone in the
community who commits or is likely to com-
mit a cruelty offence – not just the owner of
Where pets are found in situations that will
result in them being in a hot car, Victoria
Police should be contacted immediately by
phoning triple zero.
Police officers have the power to break into
a vehicle to rescue an animal suffering from
Livestock should not be handled or trans-
ported during extreme heat. If this is un-
avoidable, people should plan ahead to avoid
handling or transporting their livestock dur-
ing the hottest times of day, and must sched-
ule access to water and frequent, shady rest
Heat- stressed horses should be fed electro -
lytes and cooled down by hosing with cool wa-
ter or placing wet towels over them.
Exercise pets in the cool of the day, do not
walk dogs on hot paths or roads, and never
leave an animal inside a parked car on a hot
More information about legal responsibili-
ties, and tips for caring for animals in ex-
treme heat, can be found at http://agriculture.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said
that if an animal is in your care, it is your
responsibility to make sure it doesn’t suffer.
“Whether you have herds of cattle, a few rid-
ing horses or a couple of cats, it is incumbent
upon you to look after your animals’ welfare,
especially in hot weather by providing plenty
of water, feed and shade.
“Animal welfare is everyone’s responsibility.
That’s why we have given animal welfare in-
spectors greater powers to enforce our laws. ”
Pets in hot cars are not cool
High Tea by the sea
Among the cool crowd at the Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club’s High Tea on Saturday were, from left, Joy Phillips, Raelene Kenney, Chloe San-
som, Beth Mackay, Thelma Churchill, Diana Bird and Sommer Phillips. N190217
Some of the High Tea volunteers, from left, Beth Banks, Joan Scott, Irma Hyde and Helen Gladstone.
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