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LOCAL scouts and special guests gathered at
Coal Creek recently for the official reopening of
the Coal Creek (Korumburra) Venturer Unit.
It’s been over 20 years since Korumburra had
an active Venturer Unit and local youth have
embraced the opportunity to have fun and ad-
venture and serve the community, with eight
Venturers being invested during the ceremony,
bringing the total number of Venturers in the
Unit to 12.
Venturers did a fine job of running the cer-
emony, including MCing and giving speeches
on the history of the Coal Creek Venturer Unit,
as special guests including Cr Ray Argento and
South Gippsland Scouts District Commission-
er Heather Matthies watched on.
Venturer leader Belinda Slinger thanked Coal
Creek staff for going out of their way to help put
on a “perfect” night. Belinda says there’s lots of
exciting things planned for the Venturers in 2018
and 2019, including scuba diving and helicopter
rides, as well as trips to North America and New
Zealand for scout and Venturer get-togethers.
Anyone aged 14 to 18 can join Venturers;
no previous scouting experience is necessary.
The Korumburra Venturer Unit meets during
school terms on Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm at
the Korumburra Scout Hall (39 Queen Street,
Korumburra). Contact Belinda on 0407 838
268 for more information.
A FORMER palliative care doctor is coming to
San Remo this month to speak to locals about the
health and well-being benefits of labyrinth walking.
Mentor and mindfulness teacher Margaret
Rainbird recently completed a six-month tour
of labyrinths in the USA, UK and Europe to un-
derstand more about the use of labyrinths in
Margaret walked 298 labyrinths, determined
to explore as many as possible with the hope
of bringing more labyrinths into gardens at
healthcare facilities, retreat centres and public
spaces in Australia.
She said labyrinths, unlike mazes which are
designed with many entrances and dead-ends,
have one circuitous path into the centre and the
same path out.
“The labyrinth is designed to help you find
your way through life,” she said.
“It is often described as a walking meditation.”
On her international tour, Margaret collabo -
rated with experts in labyrinth design and con-
struction to gain inspiration for new labyrinths
“The labyrinth has been an important part of
my life for over 15 years, and I’m committed
to creating them as places of healing for other
people,” she said.
The community is invited to walk with Mar-
garet through the San Remo labyrinth, located
off the unmade section of Back Beach Road, be-
tween Lions Park and the beach car park.
People wishing to walk the labyrinth at 10am
on Monday, January 8 or to hear her speak
about her labyrinth experience are encouraged
to contact Lorraine Rodda on 0400 045 397 or
THOSE looking for a family-friendly event
this New Year’s Eve were invited to a quirky
event at San Remo last week, a ‘New Year’s Eve
Labyrinth Walks by Candlelight’.
The evening started at 8 pm with walkers plac-
ing 600 tealight candles around the turf laby-
rinth that overlooks San Remo’s back beach.
Lorraine Rodda, the facilitator of the walk,
said “walking the labyrinth in this un-crowded
coastal location allows the natural ebb and flow
of the tide to guide us in our walk.”
“Just like the flow of the tide there are three
stages to walking a labyrinth,” she said.
“As the incoming tide released onto the shore
our walk into the labyrinth guided us to let go
of things that no longer serve us in your lives.
“There were 680 steps taken walking the lab-
yrinth, with several 180-degree turns, allowing
our brains to lose track of where we are on the
path. Our ‘thinking brains’ rest as we go into a
more meditative, intuitive, state of being; like
the stillness, we find during a slack tide.
By completing the third stage of our walk, as
with the strength of an outgoing tide, we can
experience a new level of energy, as insights and
clarity have guided us as we learn to go forward
Lorraine said that after waling the labyrinth it is
important to reflect on the experience and to use
a journal to illustrate/write about the experience.
For the past decade Lorraine has been the Aus-
tralian Representatives of the (International) Lab-
yrinth Society, Org, and Veriditas; a Facilitator
Training Organisation. In 2008, having set up a
network of representatives across Australia, she
produced a newsletter Labyrinth Matters.
FRIENDS, family and special
guests gathered at Leongatha’s
Memorial Hall recently to cel-
ebrate the achievements of
young women with disabilities
living in South Gippsland and
Five young women from
South Gippsland and eight
from Bass Coast, aged 15 to
25, accepted certificates mark-
ing their graduation from the
Enabling Young Women Leader-
ship Program, with each young
woman giving a speech on what
they’d learned and gained from
The Enabling Young Women
Program is a leadership pro-
gram for young women with
disabilities, run by young wom-
en with disabilities. The pro-
gram is run over six sessions
and covers issues around ad-
vocacy, self-identity, safety, hu-
man rights and being a woman
with a disability. This was the
first program run since the
pilot program in 2015, and
participant Holley Smith said
she’d gained confidence and in-
creased independence through
participating, as well as motiva-
tion to pursue a career in child
care. “I learned to look after
myself and stand up for my-
self,” Holley said in her speech.
Program Facilitator Jess
DeMecurio presented the cer-
tificates and said she was “su-
per proud” of the achievements
and learnings of the young
women who participated in the
The program was run in
partnership between Women
with Disabilities Victoria and
South Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil. South Gippsland Mayor
Lorraine Brunt attended the
graduation ceremony, acknowl-
edging “the value that diversity
and inclusion bring to our com-
munity,” and wishing the grad-
uates the best for their future
For more information on
the program, including 2018
dates, go to www.wdv.org.au/
MEMBERS of the Leongatha
Senior Citizens Centre were
at a loss about how to replace
some necessary equipment for
groups using their facility for
information sessions, meet-
ings and other events.
That’s until they applied
for and won a grant from the
South Gippsland Shire Council
of $1800, from its Emergency
Grant fund, for a new projector
at a total cost of $3725.
broke down and they were in
urgent need of replacing it as
the centre is used by both Le-
ongatha and Woorayl Probus
clubs each month in conjunc-
tion with their guest speakers.
Other organisations also use
the projector as do the broader
community celebrating events.
Cits centre to host info sessions
THE allocation of $1500
from the South Gippsland
Shire Council’s Minor Projects
and Equipment fund will be
put to good use at the Mirboo
North Senior Citizens Centre.
The group has managed the
Baromi Centre for decades
and besides being used for
seniors events and activities,
they have encouraged commu-
nity use of the facility as well.
But many of the organisa-
tions that wish to hire the hall
for community information
sessions, tend to use other
venues because of the lack of a
suitable projector and screen.
Not anymore. The group
plans to use the modest grant
to buy an overhead projector
for the centre at a total cost of
$4981. The purchase will in-
crease the usage of the centre,
Mirboo North Senior Citizens Centre representatives Mar-
garet Peters, Lorraine Humphreys were delighted to receive
a grant from the shire’s Cr Maxine Kiel. m3745117_awards
Attending the recent South Gippsland Shire Council’s
community grants presentations, to collect an $1800 grant,
were members of the Leongatha Senior Citizens Centre
Ian Rasmussen and Dawn Rasmussen with Cr Maxine Kiel.
New projector for Leongatha seniors
Enabling Young Women Program graduates from South Gippsland and Bass Coast Geor-
gia Abson, Jessica Hill, Jessica Allamby, Neelam Beaumont, Holley Smith, Breelle Vanloo,
Lauren Potter and Kindalin Hallett with program facilitators Bethany Minster (back, second
from left) and Jess DeMecurio (front, right) after the recent graduation ceremony at Leon-
gatha Memorial Hall.
women with disabilities
Haley Amor, Morgan Anthony, Riley Olden, Max Slinger, Tate Moodie, James Sage, Ethan
Hart and Maddi Fletcher were invested into the 2nd Korumburra Venturer Unit at Coal
Creek recently. Joining them in celebrating the official reopening of the Venturer Unit was
Venturer leader Belinda Slinger (third from left).
starts at Coal Creek
Local labyrinth enthusiasts created a can-
dlelight labyrinth at San Remo for people to
experience at San Remo on New Year’s Eve.
Finding tranquillity on New Year’s Eve
Labyrinth explorer visits San Remo
Margaret Rainbird is coming to San Remo
on Monday to speak to the community about
the benefits of labyrinth walking.
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