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THE State Government has cracked down on
more than 60 “dodgy” childcare providers over
the past year, for failing to provide the high quali-
ty education and care Victorian kids deserve, and
they have more in their sights.
But the pre-school sector has come up smiling
in the vast majority of cases.
The crackdown has seen more than 1200 in-
vestigations conducted into long day care, family
day care, outside school hours care and kinder-
garten services in 2017.
The investigations for alleged breaches of the
Education and Care Services National Law Act
2010 resulted in:
* The cancellation of four, and suspension of
one, service approvals
* The serving of 22 compliance notices regard-
ing inadequate supervision, protecting children
from harm and hazards, and misleading parents
about service ratings
* Additional conditions being applied on 20
providers, including requiring staff to take fur-
ther training and reducing the number of chil-
dren allowed to enrol at a service
* Prohibition notices being issued to 16 people
to stop them from working in education and care
Seventy-nine per cent of compliance actions
involved family day care and long day care. Kin-
dergartens were the subject of compliance orders
only twice in 2017.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mi-
kakos urged parents to be better informed about
the quality of education and care their children
receive by accessing startingblocks.gov.au.
In 2017, more than 3200 visits were conduct-
ed, compared to just 1974 in 2014. It includes
almost a doubling of unannounced visits – from
1260 in 2014 to 2,245 in 2017.
Families who have concerns about their child’s
provider can report them on 1300 307 415. En-
forcement actions are available at education.vic.
The Minister for Families and Children Jenny
Mikakos has welcomed the new level of scrutiny.
“Quality education and care is what every young
child deserves – we’re cracking down on those
dodgy providers who fall short,” the Minister
“The vast majority of our early childhood ser-
vices do a fantastic job, but we want parents to
rest assured action is taken if providers do the
“We’ve stepped up inspections by more than 60
per cent compared to the previous Government
to ensure all Victorian kids are in a safe and car-
ing early years’ service.”
ALL Gippslanders are being asked to start 2018
by giving the gift of life, by discussing their organ
and tissue donation wishes with family and friends
and joining the Australian Organ Donor Register.
Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP,
said almost anyone can become a registered do-
“I’m calling on everyone to make this your New
Year’s resolution,” said Minister Hunt.
“When you’re together with family this year, dis-
cuss your organ and tissue donation wishes with
them, then go online and join the Australian Organ
“Instant online registration takes only a minute
but can make a lifetime of difference to up to 10
people. This is surely one of the most amazing gifts
that anyone can give this year.”
Minister Hunt said it was time to bust the myths
that people can be too old, too young or not healthy
enough to become donors.
“While age and medical history are considered,
no one should assume they’re unsuitable to give
the gift of life,” he said.
“Many people in their 70s and 80s have
saved the lives of others through organ and
tissue donation. ”
For instant online registration, enter “donatelife”
into your web search engine which directs you
straight to https://register/donatelife.gov.au
COMMUNITY HOUSE NEWS
Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre
Next term will be a busy one. Here are some of
our activities, some new and some regulars re-
turning for 2018. The beginning of term is also
an excellent time to become a member of WNC
and receive the benefits of discounts, a posted or
emailed program and electronic updates via the
‘WonniGrapevine’. It is also another way to sup-
port your Neighbourhood Centre.
* A new course next term: Animal Spirit Guides,
Fairies, Mermaids and More: A five week course
to learn how to work with the magical realms.
Learn about their healing powers, make gifts for
them, find out which realm you might have been
in a past life and meet your Animal Spirit Guide.
• Some of our groups and programs return-
ing this year: Adult Learn to Ride Classes: Did
you somehow miss out on learning how to ride a
bike? Haven’t ridden for ages and need to regain
your confidence? We have four red bikes and sev-
eral enthusiastic Bike Ed Victoria trained teach-
ers to help you.
• Traditional Sampler Quilt: Learn how to
make a beautiful ‘Sampler Quilt’ using basic
quilting techniques - hand or machine.
• Craft & Cuppa Group: Learn a new craft skill,
share one that you already have or work on your
own project with this welcoming weekly group.
• Toy Library: You don’t have to buy new toys
when you can borrow a different and interesting
toy or puzzle every week from our great Toy Li-
• Free Friday Supported Play Group: For fami-
lies with a Health Care Card (or equivalent). Each
week there will be fun activities for you and your
child to enjoy together. The ‘Small Talk’ program
also includes information on Children’s develop-
ment and learning stages.
• Youth ‘Pop Up’ Space: A fun space at the
Harvest Centre Shed for young people to share
a game or two, have something to eat and just
relax. Primary aged children will need a signed
• Alcoholics Anonymous Groups: These are
ongoing weekly meetings of the three groups
who support family and friends of alcoholics (Al
Anon), teenagers whose lives have been affected
by someone else’s drinking (Al Ateen) and a fel-
lowship of men and women affected by alcohol
If you would like to become involved at the
WNC, or have ideas you would like to share,
come along after the summer holidays and pop
into the house between 9.30 and 3pm Mon –
Thu or 9.30 to 1.00pm on Fridays and have a
cup of coffee and a chat. Also keep up to date
with all activities through our Facebook Page at
Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre Inc Mitchell
LOW supply pushed up pric-
es at the lamb and sheep sale
at VLE Leongatha last Wednes-
day. The first sale of the year
saw small yarding of 125
sheep and 2000 lambs, but
they sold well, with Inverloch
hobby farmer George Milden-
hall‘s four lambs getting the
top price of $182 a head.
Alex Scott agent Richard
Faulkner said strong lamb
prices across the state were
reflected in the sale, with store
lambs making very good mon-
ey. Richard said high prices in
South Gippsland are driven by
a lack of numbers.
“A lot of sheep are very dear
to buy now and people haven’t
been buying them. The ewes
are very dear and a lot of
people haven’t been replacing
them. It won’t turn around un-
til they breed the numbers up
and get more sheep about. But
this is not a big sheep area. We
need more numbers here to
get more buyers,” he said.
Buyer for Wagstaff Bob Hack-
ett suggested higher numbers
of sheep will be seen at sales
in a couple of weeks’ time.
He thought last week’s sheep
were “very dear,” with some
ewes selling for $150 to $160
a head. Bob was not hugely
impressed by the quality and
had a light day, buying 35
heavy sheep and 63 hoggets.
At 22 to 23kgs, the lambs on
sale weren’t heavy enough for
his liking, and he watched on
as Radfords bought most of
them. He suspected heavier
lambs (26kgs plus) had al-
ready been sold over the hook
to the big supermarkets.
George Mildenhall of Inverloch sold four lambs for the top price of $182 at VLE Leon-
gatha’s lamb and sheep sale last week. George also sold a ram for $90. kg070218
Wagstaff ’s Bob Hackett (third from left) bought 35 sheep and 63 hoggets at the lamb and
sheep sale at VLE Leongatha last Wednesday. kg080218
Low numbers and high prices
at lamb and sheep sale
Alex Scott and Staff agent Dick Faulkner attended the lamb and sheep sale at VLE Le-
ongatha last week and says high prices for lamb and sheep in South Gippsland won’t turn
around until breeding picks up. kg090218
ON WEDNESDAY, December
27, first place was shared by
two husband and wife pairs,
Shirley and Roger Walker, and
Trish and Don Stewart–Uden.
Bronwyn Sund and John
Farr finished third. As the new
year opened, Deborah Anglim
and John Farr finished in top
place on Monday, January 1.
Anne and Bruce Gibson
were second, and visitors to
the club, Janet and Paul Hill,
were third. Wednesday, Janu-
ary 3, was the Nationwide
Pairs event. Jean Barbour
and Greg Nicholson were the
winners for North/South, fol-
lowed by Deborah Anglim
and Shirley Walker in second.
Bronwyn Sund and John Farr
came third, and Beryl Chil-
cott and Tony James finished
East/West first place went
to Kaye Douglas and Yvonne
Mears. Second and third
place winners were both hus-
band and wife pairs, namely
the Weavers and the Stew-
art-Udens. Graham Mcker-
gow and Richard Poole came
Phillip Island Bridge Club
We can all make a donation to save a life,
says Greg Hunt MP.
Will you be an organ donor?
Crackdown on kinders, childcare
William Simon Mulherin was born on
Thursday, January 4 at the Leongatha
Hospital. William is the second son for
Tim and Olivia of Leongatha and a baby
brother for Ben (22 months).
2nd son for Mulherins
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