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BECOME A FOSTER CARER
Join thousands of Australians
saving homeless animals by
opening up your heart and home to
a deserving foster pet! You receive
24/7 guidance and support, and all
vet expenses are covered.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
If you’re not in a position to foster or
adopt – that’s okay! There are plenty
of other ways to help us save lives:
Share your skills / Donate / Supply
Transport / Support us / Spread the
word - Save a Life, Find a Friend!
Bass Coast Shire Council thanks all its volunteers for their contribution and
dedication throughout the year. Their service to the community is appreciated by
the visitors and residents they assist.
Council volunteers are part of:
• Visitor Information Centres
• Committees of Management
• Community Transport
• Planned Activity Groups
• Foreshore and Bushland Reserve Management
Interested in volunteer work?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or for more information, please
contact us on the numbers below.
Bass Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | DX 34903 Wonthaggi | PO
Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 | 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
IN NOVEMBER 2012, local resident
Merv Riley and his son in-law discussed
the possibility of a Men’s Shed in Inver-
A public meeting was organised to gauge
From that meeting, the Inverloch Men’s
Shed Inc was established and today has an
active membership of 35.
In the ensuing years feverish activity oc-
curred obtaining sponsors, applying for
grants and seeking out a suitable site on
which to build the shed.
Once a location was found, plans were
drawn up, approval from council was ob-
tained and it was full steam ahead.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Merv Riley,
as the number one member for the Shed,
turned the first sod of earth on the Inver-
loch Recreation Reserve to signal the com-
mencement of the build program.
In the preceding four and half years Merv
had been an inspiration to all members.
His commitment and enthusiasm to see
the shed completed and open for business
has never wavered.
For all these years he has been a rock
solid supporter of his dream for a Men’s
Shed, to the extent of cutting up kilos of
onions for regular fundraising barbecues
at Bunnings in Wonthaggi.
On Monday, April 24, at the regular
meeting, Merv was presented with a cer-
tificate of life membership to the Shed.
All members present heartily endorsed
this very special occasion.
One member was heard to say “Congrat-
ulations Merv, well deserved, God bless
The Shed henceforth will be known as
‘The Merv Riley Inverloch Men’s Shed’.
Shed member for life
Inverloch Men’s Shed president Julian
Sellers congratulates, Merv Riley, the
number one member.
A LOVE of animals inspired Wonthaggi’s Lau-
ren Truman to jump on board as a volunteer
for the Forever Friends Animal Rescue, rescu-
ing animals and finding them new homes.
Lauren works with the Bass Coast Shire
Council to adopt unclaimed dogs, cats and
other animals from the local pound, transports
them to vets in Cranbourne for vet checks and
finds foster carers, before trying to find a new
“A friend of mine saw a need for helping ani-
mals to find adoption homes, saving them from
months in a shelter environment predominant-
ly in holding cages,” Lauren said.
“A shelter environment can be detrimental
and stressful for an animal’s mental health.
“I’ve always had animals at home and I want-
ed to help out.”
Forever Friends is in need of new foster car-
ers and is calling on locals to volunteer their
The rescue pays for any vet work, while the
foster carer provides food and help with any
training, with full support from Forever Friends
throughout the process.
Forever Friends is also seeking an animal be-
haviourist, who can meet animals, assess them
and see what home they are suited to so they
can be placed in foster care.
For more information or to become a foster
carer, email email@example.com, visit
www.foreverfriends.org.au or call 0412 618 718.
Wonthaggi’s Lauren Truman with adopted Rottwieler Lotus, who had surgery to remove
her leg due to cancer. Lauren nursed her until she passed a month ago and is calling on
locals to volunteer as foster carers as part of the Forever Friends Animal Rescue.
Animal foster carers required
MEMBERS of the Port Welshpool Work-
ing Group are volunteering their time on a
Thursday to teach South Gippsland Spe-
cialist School students how to fish.
Alma and Brian Mattingley, Vern Suck-
ling and Ellen Ellis have warmly welcomed
the students and even supplied equip-
The fishing program is part of the Duke
of Edinburgh Program which the school
RIGHT: Success, although this little
fish was too small to keep.
Fishing tips from experts
The volunteers are teaching the students all the tricks of fishing.
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