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Do you like helping others?
Have you got a spare 3 hours a week to do voluntary
work with a great team of people?
Do you like finding out more about your local
Have you got skills which you can share with others?
The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau and The Leongatha
Community and Visitor Information Centre will be running a one day
a week training for 6 weeks in Community Support Work.
The course will start on Wednesday, October 4 and finish on
Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
If this sounds like you, call into the South Gippsland Citizens Advice
Bureau at Memorial Hall Complex, Michael Place, Leongatha to
obtain an application form between 10am and 4pm Monday to
Friday. Or you can download an application form on the volunteering
page on our website www.sgcab.org.au
Applications close Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Volunteers Make A Difference.
South Gippsland Citizens
Advice Bureau and Community
Visitor Information Centre
Memorial Hall Complex
Michael Place, Leongatha
Phone: 5662 2111 Fax: 5662 2001 Email: email@example.com
EPIDEMIC thunderstorm asthma can be
deadly, as we saw last November when nine
people died in Melbourne.
That’s why it’s important for everyone in
the community to know what they can do to
prepare for grass pollen season, particularly
those most at risk of thunderstorm asthma.
To help prepare people, the Department of
Health and Human Services has commenced
a campaign to inform people of thunderstorm
asthma preparedness strategies.
Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child said grass
pollen season brings an increase in asthma
and hay fever.
“It also brings the chance of thunderstorm
asthma. For people with asthma or hay fever,
especially those who experience wheezing or
coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm
asthma can be sudden and very serious.”
The aim of the Department’s Thunderstorm
Asthma campaign is to help local communi-
ties prepare for pollen season by better under-
standing what thunderstorm asthma is and
what steps they can take to help reduce their
risk of thunderstorm asthma.
As this year’s grass pollen season approach-
es, it is important to know how to detect and
manage asthma and allergies, and make sure
that you know what you can do to help pro-
If you’ve ever had asthma, talk to your doctor
about what you can do to help protect yourself
from the risk of thunderstorm asthma.
Remember, taking an asthma preventer
properly and regularly is key to preventing
asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
If you have hay fever, see your pharmacist
or doctor for a hay fever treatment plan and
check if you should have an asthma reliever
puffer which is available from a pharmacy
without a prescription.
If you have hay fever, and especially if you ex-
perience wheezing and coughing with your hay
fever, it is important to make sure you don’t
also have asthma. Speak to your doctor today
about whether or not you might have asthma.
It’s important for everyone in the community
to know the four steps of asthma first aid so
they know what to do if they or someone is
having an asthma attack.
Thunderstorm asthma first aid:
1. Sit the person upright
2. Give four separate puffs of blue or grey
3. Wait four minutes
4. If there is still no improvement dial 000
for an ambulance
• And finally, where possible avoid being
outside during thunderstorms from October
through to December – especially in the wind
gusts that come before the storm.
Go inside and close your doors and win-
If you have your air conditioning on in your
house or car, turn it onto recirculate.
“Forewarned is forearmed, so the more pre-
pared people are for the pollen season, the bet-
ter they’ll be able to manage any symptoms,”
Ms Child said.
For more information about thunderstorm
asthma and the campaign, visit www.better-
THE Cowes Recycle Bank is now open to the
public seven days a week.
Following the June Council resolution to extend
the opening hours of the facility, the Recycle Bank
is now open on Friday to Tuesday from 10.30am
until 3.30pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday
from 1pm to 3.30pm.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
Cr Stephen Fullarton, who moved the Notice of
Motion, had received feedback from local garden
maintenance businesses asking for increased
“Some of the feedback received from local busi-
nesses indicated that having the Recycle Bank open
on weekends is of no benefit to them, as they usu-
ally only operate on weekdays,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Having the facility open seven days creates a
better balance between local businesses wanting to
dispose of waste during the week, and community
members using it to clean up their properties on
For more information about the council’s waste
facilities, including waste items accepted, load
limits and fees, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/
waste or contact the council’s Waste team on 1300
BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.
WITH any change comes a few trials and tribula-
tions and Bass Coast Shire Council has put a few
things in place to keep the challenges to a mini-
mum with the new three-bin system.
The council have created a range of information
resources where people can have their questions
answered and learn about the new system.
You can view a demonstration video, short in-
formative films, and read explanations online at
basscoast.vic.gov.au/Organics or at Facebook.com/
Some residents have experienced difficulty in
opening the liners. When pulled from the bag they
appear to be unsealed down one side.
To open the caddy liner, rub the material at the
top with your fingers and the sides of the bag will
separate, allowing you to open up the liner.
Now that the new system has started, the retriev-
al of old bins will begin. Old bins can be laid down
empty on the kerbside ready for collection.
For holiday homes, a second round of collec-
tions will occur in January for those unable to put
their old bins out this week.
Old bins can also be taken to any council trans-
fer station during opening hours and will be
received free of charge.
To view the demonstration video or read through
any of the frequently asked questions and general
information, head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/
You can also contact the council at any time
with questions regarding the new system on 1300
BCOAST (226 278) or 5672 1122.
A LOCAL family is launching a Bass Coast
Makers and Growers Market in Wonthaggi.
The market will showcase the best produce,
makers and artists in Bass Coast and South
It will kick off this Sunday, September 10,
with free entry. Market founder Nadine Ver-
boon said the market will be at the Wonthaggi
Goods Shed and can be accessed via the Big W
“Being a Wonthaggi girl myself, it’s nice to
have it there at a beautiful little venue near the
old railway line,” she said. “It gives a glimpse
into Wonthaggi’s history.
“It’ll also be a plastic bag free market so I
encourage everyone to get creative with their
travel bags and bring them along.”
No stalls will have plastic bags. they will in-
stead use paper and recyclable bags.
“In our business, at Wattlebank Park Farm,
we’ve been plastic bag free since we started in
2013 so it’s quite normal for us and we need to
keep that momentum going.”
The market will feature mushrooms, eggs,
meat, cheese, yogurt, bread, candles and of
course, great coffee. There will also be a variety
of lunch options including slow cooked meat,
egg and bacon rolls, dim sims and dumplings.
The idea to start the market came from her
husband Clive and her discussing the closure
of the Wonthaggi Make It Bake It Market.
“We talked and we decided we’d bring the
market back and there’s been lots of positive
feedback so far.”
Wonthaggi’s Keenan Williams will be the mar-
ket manager and it’s expected there will be 20
stalls at the inaugural event on Sunday.
The market will run from 8am to 1pm.
Makers and Growers
launches in Wonthaggi
Nadine Verboon is happy to announce the Bass Coast Makers and Growers Market will
begin this Sunday, September 10 at the Goods Shed in Wonthaggi. mm223617
Old bins and new caddies
There’s a knack to opening the new kitch-
en caddy liners.
The Cowes Recycle Bank is now open to
the public seven day a week.
Cowes Recycle Bank
now open every day
and how to avoid it
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