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INTERCHANGE Gippsland Roadies South
group gathered for four days of beach adventure
during the Easter holidays for their holiday camp.
Roadies South is one of Interchange Gippsland’s
innovative programs and is designed for teenag-
ers aged 14 to 17 years with a disability living in
South Gippsland and Bass Coast.
Roadies South offers teenagers access to a va-
riety of social, cultural and sporting activities in
a fun, safe and supportive environment.
The program offers four camps per year and
variety of day trips to participants registered
with the program.
While on camps and trips, participants are
supported by a team of support workers, adult
volunteers and teenage volunteers.
Interchange Gippsland CEO Debbie Knight
said the Roadies South program is a popular
program that Interchange Gippsland offers for
young people with disabilities.
“The program provides supported access to new
and exciting recreation opportunities for teenagers
with disabilities. While the teenagers are off hav-
ing fun on Roadies South, their families and carers
can have some much deserved time out.”
The activities on the Waratah Beach camp
were action packed and mixed with the right
amount of adventure and challenge.
Over the four days the group participated in
sculpting, beach sports, a night walk, camp fire
and damper making and pool swimming.
They also enjoyed a small hike to Chicken
Rock, went rock rambling on the beach, played
aeroball and attended a discovery day at Wil-
sons Prom exploring the world famous Squeaky
Beach, Tidal River and Norman Bay.
In addition to the action activities, the group
also enjoyed some quieter time hanging out
with their mates and participating in down time
activities such as arts, crafts and games.
On the final night of camp the group held the
traditional talent night which was full of laughs
If you would like to know more about In-
terchange Gippsland disability support and
programs call 1300 736 765 or visit the Inter-
change Gippsland website www.icg.asn.au
RELAY For Life is coming to Wonthaggi soon,
and Cancer Council Victoria is seeking local
volunteers to share skills and help Hope Live in
the community touched by cancer.
The event didn’t happen in Wonthaggi last
year, but in 2015 it raised $50,000 for Cancer
Council Victoria’s cancer research, prevention
and support programs.
Every year, around 70 Relays are held across
Victoria, raising more than $6.6 million and
this year volunteers are needed to help bring
the Wonthaggi Relay to life.
Relay For Life is an inspirational, empower-
ing and emotional community led experience,
where locals form teams and walk overnight to
support those with cancer, while fundraising
for Cancer Council Victoria.
Touching ceremonies include an Opening Lap
dedicated to cancer Survivors and their Carers,
an evening Candlelight Ceremony to honour
those lost to cancer and personal pledges to cut
the risk of cancer.
Relayers often arrive as complete strangers and
leave as friends united by their cancer experience.
Each year, Relay For Life is held in 20 coun-
tries world-wide and 200 communities around
Australia and every relay is organised by a local
Planning has commenced for the next Wont-
haggi Relay For Life and you are invited to join
the volunteer committee.
The amazing work behind each Relay For Life
is performed by locals from a variety of experi-
ences and backgrounds.
Relay For Life represents the whole commu-
nity, and as such all community members can
make a valuable contribution to the committee.
All support is welcomed and encouraged.
Whether you have an established area of ex-
pertise, or if you are keen to learn a new skill,
there are many ways to help plan Relay For Life.
Volunteer opportunities include coordinating
ceremonies, logistics, catering and marketing,
and supporting many other parts of the relay.
To join the volunteer committee, or to find
out other ways in which you can help, please
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
1300 65 65 85.
A 30 year old San Remo man who came to
the notice of police when he drove through a
number plate recognition station on the Bass
Highway at Grantville in September last year
was found to be driving without an interlock
However while Christian Speakman had
the interlock condition imposed six years
ago, the Korumburra Magistrate said he
still had to apply to the courts to have it re-
moved, at which time he had to provide a
The offender said his own car had been to -
talled in an accident with a kangaroo, and
towed away. He was nonetheless fined $650
in Korumburra Court recently.
A MAN who breached his family violence
intervention order by looking into his es-
tranged partner’s car, in a local shopping
centre, was fined $500 with $79.50 costs in
the Korumburra Court recently.
Magistrate Charles Tan acknowledged that
the offending was at the lower end of the
scale but was an offence against an order
which was clear in its conditions.
“You looked in the window with the pur-
pose of intimidating her, ” he said.
Encouraged to give up ice
A CONVICTED drug driver applying for the
return of her drivers’ licence in the Korum-
burra Court last week was encouraged by the
magistrate to “keep up the good work” with
her drug treatment.
Magistrate Simon Garnett granted the 32
year old woman’s application for the return
of her licence after reading a favourable re-
port on her battle to beat an addiction to ice.
She also had cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy)
in her system at the time she was picked up
IN amongst cases of serious assault, mak-
ing threats to kill, incidents of dangerous
driving and family violence was one that an-
noyed Korumburra Magistrate Simon Gar-
nett for another reason.
It was a minor charge of shop lifting
brought against a local woman.
“What’s this, a $17 shop lift charge?
There’s got to be something wrong with the
system, ” he said.
The matter was adjourned to a later date
No favours with
YOU can’t expect any favours in the Korum-
burra Magistrates’ Court when you appear
on family violence charges.
Magistrate Simon Garnett made that clear
last Thursday when he declined a request to
hear a case ex parte, that is in the absence of
the alleged offender.
“I’m not prepared to hear a case ex parte
where the accused has yelled at his partner
in front of the kids and then called the child
an effing so and so. He might just be going
for a holiday, ” he said.
The case was adjourned until the alleged
offender can appear in person to face the
No wheelchair access at court
THE problem created by no wheelchair
access at the Wonthaggi Magistrates’ Court
reared its head again last Friday when two
family violence order applications, being
brought by two people against each other,
had to be moved to nearby offices.
Neither of the applicants, one of them in a
motorised scooter and the other on a walk-
ing frame, could get up the historic steps at
the front of the old Wonthaggi Court-house,
which can’t be significantly altered due to its
heritage listing, to provide disabled access.
Magistrate Steven Raleigh agreed to vacate
the bench and preside over the matter in
alternative accommodation provided by the
Bass Coast Shire.
Easter holiday beach
fun for Roadies South
Bring Wonthaggi’s relay to life
WONTHAGGI’S Don and Eira Thomson cel-
ebrated their diamond anniversary this week
and looked back on their wedding day on
April 27, 1957.
Don was 23 and Eira 21 when they were
married at the St George’s Church of England,
Wonthaggi, before enjoying the wedding recep-
tion at the Wonthaggi RSL Hall, which was new-
ly built in 1956.
Eira’s parents owned a café in Wonthaggi and
catered for the wedding, and Eira decorated
their wedding cake baked by her mother.
Guests danced the night away and the newly-
weds were driven to Melbourne later that night
and stayed at the Federal Hotel, before they flew
to Hobart for their honeymoon – the first flight
the pair had ever experienced.
The couple looked back fondly on their 60
years of marriage.
“I think a marriage is like a beautiful garden,
the only thing is every day you have to pick out
the weeds, and we’ve been picking out weeds
for 60 years,” Eira said.
“Everybody has their ups and downs, but
we’ve been pretty lucky really,” Don added.
“We’ve both got on pretty good together.”
“One of my remedies is I always think you
need to have your own walk-in robe and your
own bathroom, but you sleep in the same bed.
We were lucky to end up here with two bath-
rooms and plenty of wardrobe room,” Eira said.
The couple were born and bred in Wonthaggi
and met at a local dance, while Don was on
leave from National Service.
They have two sons, David and Gary, a daugh-
ter Jan and six grandchildren.
The pair both worked at the Wonthaggi Hos-
pital before retiring, and enjoy caravanning
where they have travelled to all parts of Austra-
lia, and have been fortunate enough to experi-
ence overseas trips and cruises.
Thomsons celebrate 60 years of marriage
Blake Howie had fun at the beach.
Wonthaggi’s Don and Eira Thomson celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this
week and reflected on 60 years of marriage. rg011717
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