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WITH temperatures soaring, you would ex-
pect that most children holidaying on Phillip
Island would spend as much time in the wa-
ter or playing on their devices as they pos-
sibly could, but not so for a group of four
pretty special kids who visited Surf Beach in
During their time at the beach, this group
of youngsters were so enthralled by the pair
of Hooded Plovers (Hoodies) and their chick,
and concerned for their welfare, that they
took it upon themselves to raise awareness
and some hard earned cash to aid in the con-
servation of the endangered bird.
Tore, Ollie, Mathilda and Soleil took it upon
themselves to set up an information and fund-
raising stall in their front yard, complete with
a hand-drawn poster and a collection bucket.
Not a pedestrian, cyclist or even occasional
car managed to get by without the kids sprui-
king about this worthy cause.
Impressively they managed to collect $39.10
from the passers-by who all left with a greater
understanding of the importance of preserv-
ing this wonderful little bird.
“This was a fantastic effort, especially in
the height of summer, ” Phillip Island Nature
Parks ranger and Hooded Plover Watch coor-
dinator Daniel Lees said.
“I t was a great pleasure to not only see these
kids embrace the need for conservation so
wholeheartedly, but also to inform them just
a few days later that despite the odds, the
chick fledged, becoming able to fly and make
its own way in the world.”
Hooded Plover Watch is a community-based
initiative supported by the Penguin Founda-
tion, Phillip Island Nature Parks, BirdLife
Australia, Parks Victoria and Bass Coast
For more information or to learn about be-
coming a volunteer, contact Daniel via dlees@
RIGHT: Tore, Ollie, Mathilda, Soleil
raised funds and awareness for endangered
Hooded Plovers by setting up an informa-
tion and fundraising stall in the front yard
of their Surf Beach house during the school
Young Hoodies heroes
THE Wonthaggi CFA’s training standards
have been given a lift, thanks to a grant from
Watersure to purchase two training dummies.
The brigade trains at the Wonthaggi Desalina-
tion Plant in preparation for potential hazard-
ous events at the plant and previously used old
dummies which were pairs of overalls stuffed
Wonthaggi CFA captain Kim O’Connor said it
was great to now have lifelike dummies.
“It makes our training a lot more realistic and
easier, and we’re very appreciative of the grant,”
Local CFA units hosted a Fire Ready day at
Cape Paterson recently, which was well attend-
ed and provided the CFA with an opportunity
to engage with the community and answer any
Bass Coast Shire fire prevention officer Corin
Spencer was also on deck to answer any ques-
tions in regards to vegetation, neighbouring
properties, firebreaks and more.
The Wonthaggi Fire Brigade received a
grant from Watersure to purchase two train-
ing dummies recently. Watersure’s Rose-
mary Swart and Greig Mercer presented the
dummies to Wonthaggi CFA Captain Kim
EXCITEMENT is building in Korumburra
as the churches prepare for the World Day of
Prayer on Friday, March 3.
This year the focus is on the 7107 islands which
make up the Philippines. People worldwide will
come together for the annual prayer event.
As well as praying for issues such as family
violence, human trafficking, child abuse and
other forms of injustice, participants will also
be thanking the Lord for other positive things
that are happening in the nation.
In Korumburra, the meeting will be hosted
by Southern Hills Church at 4 Mine Road com-
mencing at 7.30pm.
The evening’s guest speaker is Mierrasol Stu-
art, a former national of the Philippines.
Each church will be participating in the pro-
gram and the music for the evening will be pro-
vided by representatives of the various church-
es. Everyone is welcome to join in.
After the presentation, supper is provided,
which will give everyone the opportunity to re-
lax and enjoy each other’s company.
Contact Thelma on 0418 727 616 for more de-
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