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On Friday night when returning
home from Parliamentary duties in
Melbourne, I suffered what turned
out to be a fairly serious heart at-
Thankfully, I was able to divert
to Casey Hospital at Berwick and
was then transferred to Monash
Health where I received excellent
and quick treatment. I thank all
the staff at both hospitals for their
excellent work. I am now feeling
fine and should make a complete
At 43, not overweight and hav-
ing never been a smoker or heavy
drinker, the incident came as a
complete surprise. However, I was
lucky that I recognised the symp-
toms and sought medical treat-
This is a good lesson for all of
us. As I have discovered, there is
not necessarily a “typical” candi-
date for a heart attack.
If you feel not quite right, seek
help immediately. As the Heart
Foundation says, “It’s OK to call”.
Symptoms of a heart attack in-
clude chest pain, shoulder, neck,
arm and back pain or discomfort,
nausea, hot and cold sweats and a
general feeling of being unwell. You
may also feel dizzy or light-headed
or have a choking feeling in the
back of your throat.
I am under medical orders to
take time to recover fully, but in
the meantime my staff will con-
tinue to help with constituent mat-
ters, along with my Upper House
colleague, Member for Eastern
Victoria, Melina Bath. I thank
Gippslanders for the many mes-
sages of support I have already re-
Danny O’Brien, Member for
Cape’s big cuppa
A big thank you goes out to all,
those people who contributed and
celebrated Cape’s Cuppa for Can-
To all those volunteers on the
door, in the kitchen, on the cake
and raffle stalls, and those who
stayed back to lend a hand at the
end, I thank you for your time, and
effort, in making it such a great
To the sponsors, Bunnings, Cape
Tavern, Coles, Enter Hair, Miners
Dispensary, Price Line, Revive,
Woolworths Wonthaggi, South
Gippsland Sentinel-Times, 3mFM
radio, thank you.
Also a big mention to those who
graciously, gave prizes for the mon-
ster raffle, it just made our day.
This year we raised $2100 for
Cancer Council Victoria. Money
raised, will go to Cancer research,
support services, prevention pro-
grams, and advocacy.
Thank you to everyone for your
support. Hope to see you all next
Doreen Parsons, Cape Paterson.
It’s always a pleasure to walk
through the Wonthaggi Wet-
lands but the lake and birdlife this
chilly misty morning was magic.
These wetlands are a work of love
by the community, in particular the
Urban Landcare Group, with the
oversight of the shire council.
It’s a privilege to have a reserve
that’s so central to the town and so
Attractive signage drawing atten-
tion to the flora and fauna is a re-
cent addition. Text is by Terri Allen
and photos by Geoff Glare.
The wetlands are a fabulous com-
munity resource. Thank you all.
Gill Heal, Wonthaggi.
Two weeks ago within these pag-
es, Preserve Western Port (PWP)
chair Mr Jeff Nottle was kind
enough to compliment my contri-
bution to trying to stop the Hast-
ings Container Port project from
However, his words “he knows of
no other long term contributor”,
were incorrect, as he obviously for-
got to look in the mirror.
No organisation can survive and
prosper without strong, effec-
tive and inclusive leadership and
throughout the three year hard slog
that has been PWP, Jeff has pro-
vided that in “dredge bucket loads”
(Perhaps not the best of analogies,
but very true nonetheless).
The whole Bass Coast communi-
ty recognised this via his achieve-
ment of the 2015 Bass Coast Citi-
zen of the Year.
So well done mate, and I look
forward to sharing our next “excel-
lent red” with you.
NB. We do have a far more de-
scriptive title for the above, but it
can’t be printed here!
Kevin Chambers, The Gurdies.
The Korumburra Historical So-
ciety conducted a tour of the town
and the old mine and railway sites
recently and I was privileged to
participate in it.
Their historic knowledge, the
photographs and the experience of
the historical society members was
Barry Sykes and the other mem-
bers of the group deserve recogni-
tion for their knowledge and their
unique collection of historic mem-
Amongst the membership they
also have accomplished published
authors on local history.
They were so friendly and gen-
erous with sharing their time and
expertise as I was wanting to trace
the lives of great grand parents,
grandparents and my mother in
the early 1900s.
The society and these people are
a wonderful asset to such an his-
Pamela Rhodes, Melbourne.
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Parents must ‘buy in’ on education
THE theme of Education Week,
from May 21 to 27, is ‘Healthy
Mind, Healthy Body’ with the
aim that by 2025, the propor-
tion of kids doing physical activ-
ity for an hour-a -day, five times-
a-week will grow by 20 per cent.
It seems to be a pretty low-ball
And something of an indict-
ment on society, rather than on
the schools, which it seems are
expected to be all things to all
kids in their care these days.
I mean really!
The schools can certainly help
but ultimately, the amount of
physical exercise our kids are
getting every day, every week is
up to us the parents.
Are your kids sitting down all
afternoon and evening in front of
the box, for example, or in front
of their mobile phone or digital
The solution would appear to
be quite simple... get up with
them and go for a walk or join up
to some local sporting club and
get involved yourself.
In the country, at least, there
appears to be more get-up -and-
go in this regard but it’s some -
thing the parents first, and the
schools second should be taking
But it seems that responsibil-
ity for teaching kids everything
these days is sheeted home to
the schools and while they are
coming up with more inventive
ways to teach the kids and assess
their learning levels, the fact is
that expecting schools to teach
everything from surfing to driver
education inevitably means their
effort in the crucial areas of lit-
eracy and numeracy is falling
It’s a fact that performance
standards in Australian schools
are slipping well down the OECD
We’re told, for example, that
our kids are among the worst
behaved in the developed world
when it comes to classroom dis-
order, listening to the teacher,
taking too long to quieten down
and being unable to start work-
ing until well after class has be -
But behaviour is as much our
responsibility as it is the teach-
These lower standards, espe -
cially in maths and science are
feeding into fewer people being
available to teach in these areas
(not to mention be available to
work in industry) and alarm-
ingly high numbers of our kids
are being taught by teachers who
haven’t attended professional de -
velopment in science and maths,
or specialised in these areas.
Unfortunately while both sides
of government squabble over
education funding and how to
improve standards, they’re slip-
ping to the point where we might
be ‘The Lucky Country’ but we’re
certainly not ‘The Smart Coun-
But like the lack of funding for
the Wonthaggi Secondary Col-
lege in the May State Budget,
you can’t rely on government to
Improved standards in educa-
tion, and yes, in that popular
word these days, ‘resilience’,
starts at home.
THERE are blockages, mould, graf-
fiti, and the smell isn’t pleasant either.
“That’s just naming a few of the prob-
lems,” said Bass Coast resident Eileen
Burns at a Bass Coast Community Con-
nection session on Wednesday, May 10.
Toilets in Cape Woolamai and Cowes
are so dirty that Ms Burns has ques-
tioned council on whether they’re going
to continue with the cleaning contract.
She told councillors that some busi-
ness owners on Phillip Island were “to-
tally disgusted” at the state of the toilets
over some of the busy tourist periods.
She said many customers complain to
local businesses about the toilets.
“It’s not good for tourism, it’s not
good for the Bass Coast Shire,” Ms
In April, Ms Burns took photos of
toilets on Phillip Island and sent them
to councillors. She said she received
an email from council’s Damian Black-
ford to inform her the cleaning sched-
ule had been altered.
“The level of service to those particu-
lar sites was appalling, absolutely ap-
palling,” she said.
She claimed the contracted cleaners
occasionally do a “significant clean”,
but don’t regularly clean the toilets.
“They’ve had their time and they’re
still not getting their act together.
“Now as far as inspections go, we
were also told that there would be shire
workers going around inspecting.”
Her question to Bass Coast Shire
Council was what are they intending to
do about it: “Are they going to allow this
company to continue on with changing
the system to suit themselves, and then
when they get a report just come and
do a significant clean? That’s not ac-
Ms Burns said she will continue to
inspect the toilets.
Bass Coast resident Eileen Burns is tired of seeing dirty toilets on Phil-
lip Island and has asked council if they’re willing to continue the clean-
ing contract. mm302017
INVERLOCH VIEW Club recently
celebrated the announcement that
one of their club members had been
named the recipient of the ‘Making a
Nominations for this award are
submitted from all the VIEW clubs in
Australia every three months.
According to Trish Brooks, the
zone councillor, there is a very rigor-
ous process that follows and that one
nominee is awarded the honour.
Jean Robinson was selected as the
most valuable recipient.
Jean has been a member of VIEW
for about 20 years.
She is devoted to the club and al-
ways jumps in to help out whenever
required. She has for many years
been a hostess who welcomes guests,
new and old, to club meetings.
Her special talents come to the fore
when the club is planning entertain-
ment. She performs in all the shows,
singing, dancing and “acting up”!
Her motto is “the show must go on”
and she showed this when, after a
nasty fall, she turned up the next day
to star in the show with stitches in
her face and two black eyes.
Jean believes that she has gained a
lot from being a member of VIEW.
Her life has been challenging at
times, but she feels that the support
of the club has helped her greatly.
Jean is the first member of VIEW
from this zone to be dominated for
the award and she hopes to travel
to Tamworth for the National VIEW
Club Convention in September to re-
ceive it and to see her name on the
Jean making a difference
Jean Robinson, pictured here
on the right with Trish Brooks,
the VIEW zone councillor, won the
Making a Difference award.
LAST week was National Volun-
teer Week, so South Gippsland Shire
Council wants to thank all of South
Gippsland’s volunteers for the often
overlooked work they do for their com-
Across South Gippsland, there are
numerous volunteer programs, includ-
ing but not limited to; Meals on Wheels,
the Coal Creek volunteers, the Leon-
gatha Skate Park volunteers, and the
Information Centre volunteers.
Thankfully, volunteering is on the
rise; approximately 36 per cent of Aus-
tralians volunteer, which equals over
$14 billion of volunteer hours.
Young people are getting involved too;
youth volunteering has jumped from 16
per cent (1995) to 27.1 per cent (2010).
Ninety-six per cent of volunteers say
it “makes people happier”, according to
surveys – not just the people the volun-
teers are helping but also themselves; it
releases a kind of natural euphoria, a
helper’s high, experienced when direct-
ly helping others.
South Gippsland Shire Council May-
or Cr Ray Argento is an active volunteer
“Volunteering is on the rise, which
shows positive signs for our commu-
nity,” Cr Argento said.
“Seeing so many valuable members of
this region giving back is touching and
it increases the morale of the public.
“It makes South Gippsland a happier
place, which is something we strive to
Communities wouldn’t run the way
they do without volunteers helping out.
In South Gippsland, 32 per cent of our
residents volunteer to give back to their
South Gippsland is teeming with
dedicated individuals who give up their
spare time and energy to make our
community an all-round happy and
Council thanks all volunteers
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