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MARK Baker, the CEO of the Melbourne
Press Club, will be the special guest of the
Bass Valley Friends of the RSL next Tuesday,
March 21 at the Bass Hotel.
Mr Baker will speak about Phillip Schuler,
a First World War correspondent and the
subject of Mr Baker’s book.
Mr Schuler’s story is a remarkable one. He
was a journalist with The Age and headed
to battle covering the war alongside Charles
Bean before signing with the AIF.
He was killed in battle in France without
knowing that he had a child to come home
Mr Baker’s presentation will commence at
There’s no charge and everyone is wel-
at Bass pub
GIPPSLAND is soon to have
the LGBTI Equality Roadshow in
town, with the aim to reduce dis-
crimination, share information
and promote the importance of
inclusion of LGBTI Victorians in
Led by the Gender and Sexual-
ity Commissioner, Ro Allen, the
Roadshow will be in Bairnsdale,
Morwell and Wonthaggi from
The Roadshow will engage with
local LGBTI communities, com-
munity organisations, families
and allies to identify issues and
“The Roadshow is about how we
can create inclusive LGBTI com-
munities – by listening to the con-
cerns of those living in regional
Minister for Equality
Martin Foley said.
Member for Eastern Victoria
Harriet Shing said the Roadshow
is sharing a strong message of
support for LGBTI people right
“Especially young people. We are
here and we accept you exactly as
“The Roadshow team will also
continue to work with communi-
ties across Gippsland over time to
provide support and advice on on-
going projects that are inclusive,
supportive and informative and
I’ll be proud to assist with this
The Roadshow is travelling
through 17 rural and regional
communities from March to May
2017, following the success of last
year’s pilot roadshow to Swan
Hill, Shepparton and Mildura.
It will cover a range of issues
such as family violence, health
and wellbeing, promotion of re-
gional and rural programs and
awareness of the government’s in-
clusion and equality agenda.
When the Roadshow visits your
town there will be a range of activi-
ties you can participate in.
For more information or to reg-
ister visit engage.vic.gov.au/lgbti.
Equality Roadshow to roll into Gippsland
Dakota’s dream comes true
INVERLOCH student Dakota
Rigby has turned her passion
for art and design into a fund-
raising opportunity for children
living with cancer.
Combining her love of art and
illustration with a desire to help
kids with cancer, Dakota has
designed a pillow case for the
Adairs collaboration with Make
The 15 year- old Mary MacK-
illop College student, who was
diagnosed with lymphoblastic
leukaemia when she was young-
er and has beaten the disease,
was granted a wish by the Make
a Wish Foundation.
As part of the partnership,
Adairs teamed up with Dakota,
along with two other Make a
Wish kids, who worked to de-
sign special pillow cases to be
Proceeds from the sale of the
pillow cases will be donated to
the Make a Wish Foundation.
“It felt amazing to see my de-
sign on the shelf when it was all
finished, ” Dakota said.
“I really like photography, art
and design. I love drawing and
illustrating, and I’m also inter-
ested in underwater photogra-
phy, which is where the idea to
draw fish came from.”
As part of her wish, Dakota
and her family will be making a
trip up the coastline, visiting the
Great Barrier Reef and spend-
ing some time in the Daintree
rainforest in July.
“ I really want to do some un-
derwater photography and take
some photos in the Daintree,”
Dakota’s passion for design
and photography started in
school, when she entered some
photographs in an art show.
She now studies several de-
sign subjects, and has an inter-
est in pursuing a career in de-
sign in the future.
“I ’d like to do interior design,
or something to do with draw-
ing, ” Dakota said.
In the process of making her
pillow case, Dakota was invited
to visit the Adairs headquarters.
“I chose the watercolours and
the fish shapes, ” Dakota said.
“I was really happy with it. I
was excited to see it all finished
on a pillow case in the end.”
Dakota’s mother, Courtenay,
said the foundation had sup-
ported the family through the
“I t was a wonderful wish for
Dakota, but it was also so lovely
to do something positive for the
foundation, and to help other ill
children, ” Courtenay said.
“We’ve had so much sup-
port from friends and family
all across the country, which is
wonderful. All funds from the
sale of the pillow cases go back
to the Make a Wish Foundation. ”
To purchase one of Dakota’s
pillow cases, visit the website
picks/Make -A -Wish.
Inverloch’s Dakota Rigby illustrated and designed a pillow case
for the Adairs Make-A-Wish charity range.
VICTORIAN dairy farmers are
demanding major retailers show
proof they support local product
following explosive reports super-
markets are now selling imported
cheese as a new price war looms.
The United Dairyfarmers of Vic-
toria has accused the retailers
of hypocrisy for selling imported
New Zealand cheese at $6 per ki-
logram, while continuing to voice
public support for Australian
“Retailers love talking up their
support for Aussie farmers, but
selling cheap, imported cheese
instead of giving dairy farmers a
fair deal for their products shows
that they don’t actually take their
support very seriously,”
President Adam Jenkins said.
“Despite their public state -
ments, their actions paint a very
different picture. ”
Coles states on its website that
it “proudly supports local farm-
ers, producers, and manufactur-
Woolworths, in marketing its
Farmers Own brand, proclaims
“our goal is to pay our farmers a
good price for their milk that al-
lows them to continue to produce
IGA’s own brand Community Co
markets itself as “an Aussie brand
you can feel good about” that goes
“to great lengths to support hard
working Aussie Farmers”.
While Aldi brags on its website
that the majority of its brands are
sourced from Australian suppli-
ers unless the product, quality,
efficiency, or innovation cannot
be found in Australia.
“Australians support Austra-
lians and consumers – when they
pick up cheese or other products
in their local supermarket – like
to know they are supporting
Australian farmers, ” Mr Jenkins
“ Selling heavily discounted New
Zealand cheese is adversely im-
pacting the viability of our dairy
Mr Jenkins said the whole dairy
supply chain suffered as a result
of supermarket price wars, but
the squeeze was always felt hard-
est at the farm gate.
“When retailers compete to sell
the cheapest products, the sup-
ply chain pushes the price cuts
right back to the farmer who then
misses out on receiving a fair
price, ” he said.
“I t’s time for retailers to stop
just talking the talk; they need to
start walking the walk. They prof-
it from the farmers’ hard work, so
they need to give us a fair go.”
Cheap cheese shows lack of support for farmers
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