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Sunday 5 March
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Community Open Day 2017
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Walks, talks and activities with the Nature Parks’ rangers, researchers and volunteers.
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BASS Coast Shire Council will now regularly
hold Ordinary Council Meetings in Wonthaggi
and Cowes, as well as meetings in Grantville
and Inverloch annually as part of its newly ad-
opted Ordinary Meeting Schedule.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
while historically the majority of Ordinary Meet-
ings were held at the Civic Centre in Wonthaggi,
the council wanted to make the meetings more
accessible to communities throughout the shire.
“We understand that being able to attend 5pm
meetings in Wonthaggi isn’t always possible for
many people, especially when it means having
to make at least an hour round trip late in the
evening,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Rotating our meeting locations mean more
community members will have a chance to at-
tend council meetings throughout the year, take
part in our question time and generally just
have the opportunity to see how the council
works and makes decisions on the behalf of
our residents and ratepayers.”
The 2017 Ordinary Meeting Schedule is:
• March 15, Civic Centre, Wonthaggi, 5pm
• April 19, Cultural Centre Hall, Cowes, 5pm
• May 17, Civic Centre, Wonthaggi, 5pm
• June 21, Community Hub, Inverloch, 5pm
• July 19, Civic Centre, Wonthaggi, 5pm
• August 16, Grantville Hall, Grantville, 5pm
• September 20, Civic Centre, Wonthaggi, 5pm
• October 18, Cultural Centre Hall, Cowes, 5pm
• November 15, Civic Centre, Wonthaggi, 5pm
• December 13, Cultural Centre Hall, Cowes,
Meetings shared around the shire
FOR an all-inclusive educational package,
medical students can’t get much better than a
year of learning in the country.
Nine Year 4C Monash Medical students have
just commenced their year in South Gippsland
where they’ll undertake training based at the
Monash education centre at the Leongatha Hos-
But that’s only a small part of their weekly
routine. Two days, in fact.
The rest of the time they’ll be working with
GPs at the Foster Medical Centre, Korumburra
Medical Centre, Wonthaggi Medical Group,
South Gippsland Family Medicine and Leon-
They will also work at hospitals in surgery
and midwifery, and spend time with visiting
The students have come from across Victoria
and beyond (Vikram Rao is from Canada) for
what will be there penultimate year of study.
Academic coordinator of the Monash pro -
gram Jennie Casey said studying in the coun-
try will provide a well-rounded experience for
the students throughout the year, which is why
they’ve come here.
“It all depends on a student’s preferred learn-
ing style. Some people prefer to learn in blocks,
and that’s what their city counterparts will be
“In the city, students will focus on a specific
area for nine weeks and then move on to the
next, but by the time the end of year exams
come around, these experiences will be a dis-
“For these students in the country, everything
will be current.
“Our students are also very ‘hands-on’.
They’ll be in theatre assisting with a C-section.
They are actually part of the team and they all
value that experience because it sets them up.
“They receive fantastic support from the lo-
cal GPs, a number of whom teach into the pro-
“Hospital staff also provide great encourage-
ment and get them involved, as do the visiting
Students also work in with staff during train-
ing exercises at the Monash facility’s Skills Lab
“There’s close collaboration between Monash
and the Leongatha Hospital. We do a lot of
The program, which has been running since
2010, has led to four graduates returning to
South Gippsland as GPs including Megan Scott
at the Wonthaggi Medical Group, John Bell and
Veronica Foote at Leongatha Healthcare and
Jacqueline Mcdonell at Korumburra Medical
Academic coordinator of the program Jennie Casey with Year 4C Monash Medical stu-
dents, from left, Stephanie McKelvie, Katharine Huang, Matilda Maynard, Muirin Healy,
Hayden Jones, Gaby Bolton, Dan Archer, Nathan Hanegbi and Vikram Rao. N050817
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