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NATIONAL Harmony Day was
celebrated recently, a day dedi-
cated to embracing diversity
and reminding us of the value
and importance of respecting
each other and celebrating our
For me, food is one of the
first things that springs to mind
when reflecting on the wonder-
ful contributions bought to our
shores by our diversity of peo -
ple and cultures.
I remember how my child-
hood mealtimes of the tradi-
tional meat and three veggies
were enriched by Mediterranean
influences of garlic, eggplants,
capsicums and zucchini, yum!
Today, I can (and regularly do)
effortlessly enjoy an array of
authentic Chinese, Indian, Ma-
lay, Thai and Japanese cuisine.
How lucky are we!
The LGBTQI Equality Road-
show arrived in Gippsland
recently. The Roadshow and
Harmony Day demonstrate the
continued need for us to ques-
tion how and why we discrimi-
nate against and exclude people
of different orientation or back-
grounds, and highlight the value
When you have cultural diver-
sity in your shire differences in
race, language, religion and sexual
orientation are represented posi-
tively and embraced in your com-
munity. And we can all be proud
and confident of who we are.
In light of the celebrations of
diversity, it was disheartening
to hear of a recent incident at
Cowes Jetty, where a visitor was
confronted by a small number of
people and harassed because of
her race. This is not acceptable.
Lieutenant General David
Morrison championed tolerance
and equality with the statement.
“The standard you walk past is
the standard you accept”.
we remain quiet? Or do we take
heed of these words? I vote for
the latter. No one has the right
to be abusive or hostile towards
those who are different. Inci-
dents such as these do not re-
flect our community and should
not be tolerated.
Many of us know that Bass
Coast is one of the most visited
locations in Victoria.
Our friendly Visitor Informa-
tion Centre staff provide a warm
welcome for these visitors,
holding a genuine desire that
they have the best experience so
that they return and spread the
word about our beautiful part of
Our local businesses comple -
ment our tourism trade, provid-
ing for the millions of visitors
and contributing to their posi-
They are also the backbone of
our community, providing es -
sential support to local clubs
and groups and employment
opportunities. It was wonderful
to see some of our local busi-
nesses displaying their wares
and sharing their entrepreneur-
ial skills at the Phillip Island
Tourism and Business Associa-
tion Business Industry Night in
After hearing of the disap -
pointing event at the jetty, it is
empowering to see that we have
a strong, diverse network of
people in our local businesses
who are committed to the well-
being of our community.
Cr Pamela Rothfield,
Bass Coast Shire Council
EACH Good Friday for the past 11
years, family and friends of the late
Mary Kathleen O'Keefe of Wonthaggi
have got together to enjoy the lo -
cal coastline and spend the morning
walking or riding along the Rail Trail
between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi.
And ‘Mary’s Walk’ is on again this
year too, starting at the Kilcunda car-
park at 9am.
Mary Kathleen O'Keefe was born
with multiple heart and lung defects
but thanks to the expertise of the
Royal Children's Hospital, the family
enjoyed 10 precious months with her
before she passed away early in 2006.
As recognition of the appreciation
the O’Keefe family felt for the hospi-
tal’s efforts, they organise this yearly
Please join them walking, running
or riding from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi
from 9am this Good Friday, April 14.
The walk will begin at the top Kilcun-
da car park and finish at the Wonthag-
gi Guide Park where transportion will
be available to return you to Kilcunda
to collect your car.
The rail trail is approximately
13kms long. The surface is wide,
gravelly and fairly flat, suitable for cy-
clists, walkers and prams. There are
a few supervised road crossings along
It is suggested that you bring a wa-
ter bottle although water will be pro -
vided along the way and at the finish-
Some volunteers are required so
please let Bridget O’Keefe know if you
or any family or friends can help on
Suggested donation is $20 per fam-
ily or $10 per person.
All proceeds to the Royal Children’s
Hospital. Last year there were 150
participants and $4000 was raised.
Thanks to Mary Mackillop Catholic
Regional College for donating the use
of its bus and thanks to the volun-
teers who help with this worthy cause.
Walk, run or ride; Mary’s Walk on Good Friday each year has provided a great opportunity over the past 11 years
to get together for a fun family occasion which also raises money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
‘Mary’s Walk’ is on again at Easter
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