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Join Bryan Jeffrey, Director of
MOAT Mental Health Services,
for this practical and free
presentation that will focus on
teenage anxiety and dealing
with challenging behaviour.
Bookings essential at:
Tuesday 9 May, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Newhaven College Middle School
1770 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island
The organisers of the Poowong
Family Fun Day 2017 would like
to thank our volunteers
and sponsors for their
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A 25 year old Nyora man who faced charg-
es of trafficking cannabis and possession of
methamphetamine in the Korumburra Mag-
istrates' Court recently was initially looking
at a jail term until police opted to withdraw
charges of trafficking ice.
The charges arose out of a police operation,
on August 12 last year, when they executed a
search warrant at the home of Allix Quinton
and discovered a cache of drugs and drug par-
According to a police account, they found
2gm of methamphetamine, 24gm of cannabis,
100ml of GHB, 15gm of an unidentified white
powder, nine prescription pills and four sets
of scales and weights.
They also confiscated a mobile phone which
they alleged had up to 100 messages relating
to drug transactions.
Later that day, they also attended another
address in South Gippsland and found a Jeep
Wrangler, valued at $26,000, stolen from a
Cranbourne car yard. But Quinton wasn't
charged with its theft as he said he was mind-
ing it for a friend in prison.
The accused man's lawyer maintained from
the outset that while his client admitted to
trafficking cannabis, he was not selling ice.
"Only two of the messages (on the phone) re -
late to amounts above the value of cannabis,"
Ms Smith said.
But Magistrate Charles Tan wasn't convinced
at this point.
He said if it could be proved the man was
trafficking ice, he would be going to jail.
"If we are going to be serious about combat-
ing ice, a scourge in this community... We're
seeing a lot of young people doing the selling
because they don't attract the same level of at-
But he did query the amount of metham-
phetamine found by police, 2gm when the traf-
ficable quantity was 3gm.
After a brief adjournment, during which po -
lice and the man's lawyer had a further case
conference, they came back with the traffick-
ing ice charges withdrawn.
It didn't stop the magistrate from lecturing
the accused man further.
"I see the faces of the parents of people ev-
ery day. Ice is killing young people. Whether
it's because of unemployment or an attraction
to make money forcing young people to do
the dirty work of people further up the line;
they've got to get the message that they will go
to jail," he said.
"One of the sad things for me as a magistrate
is to see the sheer havoc that the movement of
drugs is doing in this community leading to
burglaries and a lot of other crime, mothers
and fathers in despair, destroying families.
"Now that it's a charge of trafficking can-
nabis, it allows me to impose something less
than imprisonment but I want to make it clear
to you that if you get involved in trafficking a
drug of dependence, don't think I won't impose
a term of imprisonment for a first offence be-
cause I will."
Ultimately Mr Tan put Quinton on an 18
month community corrections order during
which he will have to complete 180 hours of
unpaid community work. He'll also have to
seek assessment and treatment for drug abuse
and offending behaviour.
He forfeited the phone, the drugs and the
Lecture but no
jail for trafficking
NEW discoveries continue to surface
at the Inverloch Dinosaur Dig Site,
with a Year 7 student from St Bedes
College in Mentone finding a 125 mil-
lion year old Plesiosaur tooth last
Flynn Mayberry found the tooth
of the ancient marine reptile, which
some suggest may be the origin of the
legend of the Loch Ness Monster. The
tooth is about 1cm long.
Inverloch Palaeontologist Mike Clee-
land was delighted.
“Flynn's find is the first time a vis-
iting student has found a Plesiosaur
tooth at this site, and is the best dis-
covery by a St Bede's student. Condi-
tions were hot and difficult that day at
the dig but his persistence has paid
off,” Mr Cleeland said.
"Plesiosaurs are one of the creatures
that may be discovered at Koonwarra,
if sufficient funding can be raised to
reopen the dig site there in future."
The tooth is on its way to the mu-
seum in Melbourne and Flynn will re-
ceive an official Certificate of Discov-
Several other schools are booked
to visit the dig site in second term
through Bunurong Coast Education,
and more digging sessions are planned
for the Winter School Holidays.
Stand by for more major discover-
ies, says Mike.
This is an illustration by Andrew Plant of what the prehistoric Plesiosaurus looked like
when it roamed our coastal waters 125 million years ago.
College student bites off own
piece of dinosaur history
Reinforcing the fact that the Plesiosaurus in-
habited this area last week was a find by St Bedes
College student, Flynn Maybery, at the Inverloch
Dinosaur Dig site.
FOLLOWING the success of his workshop
in 2016, Bryan Jeffrey, director of MOAT
Health Services, is returning to Newhaven
College for a free presentation discussing
Mental Health 1st Aid for Teenagers.
The focus of the session will be teenage
anxiety and dealing with challenging behav-
iour and it is targeted at parents, health pro-
fessionals and the wider community.
The presentation will build on the informa-
tion that was given in 2016, but is also suit-
able for new attendees.
Bryan has worked for 18 years as a psychi-
atric nurse and has extensive experience de-
veloping and delivering mental health train-
ing packages for welfare agencies, schools,
colleges and universities.
Newhaven College is hosting the event on
Tuesday, May 9 from 6.30 to 8pm in Middle
School at the Phillip Island Road Campus,
1770 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island.
This free and practical presentation is
open to all in Bass Coast Shire and book-
ings are required. Reserve your seat at www.
Mental health first
aid for teenagers
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