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THERE are some that would say Cr Alyson
Skinner has her priorities right.
Instead of being in the council chambers
last Wednesday, May 23, for the start of the
meeting to hear public submissions on the
budget, she was reading a story to children at
the Leongatha Children’s Centre.
It wasn’t just any story and it wasn’t just any
Cr Skinner had been invited by the centre to
participate in National Simultaneous Storytime
(NSS), an initiative held annually by the Austra-
lian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
Every year a picture book, written and illus-
trated by an Australian author and illustrator,
is read simultaneously in libraries, schools,
pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes,
bookshops and many other places around the
Now in its 18th successful year, it is a co -
lourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to pro -
mote the value of reading and literacy, using
an Australian children's book that explores
age-appropriate themes, and addresses key
The book chosen this year was ‘Hickory
Dickory Dash’, written by Tony Wilson, illus-
trated by Laura Wood and published by Scho -
lastic Australia and it went down a treat with
And Cr Skinner still got back in time to hear
the start of the submissions.
In 2017, the NSS attracted 686,324 partici-
pants at over 6129 locations. This year could
be even bigger.
THE second major event to be
held by the Coronet Bay Beach
Bums was an interactive movie
night to honour the 40th anni-
versary of Grease.
The Beach Bums are a re-
markable group of people living
by the coast in Coronet Bay who
are selflessly dedicating their
time to ensure that there are
fun, cost effective family activi-
ties available so people can come
together and not be isolated in a
It all began from the Coffee
Club which meets weekly at
the Coronet Bay Store and wel-
Now it has expanded to family
fun nights out, beginning with
an amazing karaoke night with
another karaoke night to be held
on June 30.
Each individual brings their
own special touch to this group.
Chris Petrie created Upbeat
Drumming on Coronet Bay
foreshore which is a free bucket
drumming session held fort-
nightly for adults and children.
“It’s so therapeutic we haven't
been able to stop talking about
it,” Beach Bum Kat Cox said.
“The positive energy and devo-
tion these individuals bring to
the town is amazing, and people
moving to the area are so excited
to have these opportunities to be
immersed in community culture
in such an inclusive environ-
Kat and husband Chris’s
daughter Quinn has been pre-
sented with incredible challeng-
es for someone so young, but ev-
eryone on the Waterline are right
She has autism and a rare
genetic kidney disorder was re-
“Last month we were booked
into Monash Genetics in Ber-
wick as they asked me if they
could research my family,” Kat
“I willingly agreed, not thinking
at all that there could or would
be any repercussions. Unfortu-
nately, I was in for another big
wake up call.
“The genetics doctor advised
me that Quinn and Chris are the
only two people they are aware
of in Australia missing chromo-
some 6q22.1. Suffice to say, I
live with two very special people.
However, we were told of risks to
heart and kidneys, that Quinn
most definitely had a particular
overgrowth syndrome and we
had to go to Monash Children’s
Hospital straight away for fur-
“It was here that we discovered
Quinn's kidneys are oversized
and we are waiting for more tests
to be collated at this stage.
“We have been advised by the
Genetics doctor that Quinn must
have a specific $3000 gene test
as soon as possible.
“We are petitioning Monash
for funding as this is a good re-
search project for them and we
hope to succeed. With all of this
going on and the severe sleep
deprivation one would think we
would be very depressed but we
“Why? We live in Grantville.
Judith Holman Crook, a local
resident, took it upon herself to
set up a trust account for Quinn
to make sure she was OK. This
gesture was so incredibly mov-
ing and we cannot believe how
lucky we are every day.”
Drumming is therapy
Even though Quinn with her
autism can struggle with noise,
she doesn't have an issue at
Chris Petrie’s drumming ses-
sions for kids. In fact, she ben-
efits from them.
“Music is such a wonderful
outlet,” Kat said.
“When she needs a break she
simply walks off to the play-
“It is such an inclusive atmo-
sphere and a great release of
Later in the day Chris holds
the adult sessions, and Kat said
there is nothing more therapeu-
tic than being able to let loose
after a stressful week.
“I really appreciate how much
this program is helping Quinn
and even Chris with their emo-
tions. I believe it is a great outlet
for me too. I am appealing to the
community to please bring your
children along... come and join
us so we can keep it alive even
through the cold months as it
warms the soul.”
“I am not sure what I would do
Chris Petrie has been running
kids and adults UpBeat Bucket
Drumming sessions once a fort-
night at the Coronet Bay fore-
shore for the past few months.
He posts dates and times on his
Upbeat Bucket Drumming Face-
A permanent resident of Coro-
net Bay, Chris recently gradu-
ated with a Master’s Degree in
Creative Arts Therapy. Some
may know Chris through his
facilitation of Paint & Sip, a fun
painting session for people who
think they can’t paint but would
like to have a go.
Chris’ interest in drumming
started as a child, as a member
of his school drum squad.
After completing his Master’s
Degree, Chris came upon the
idea of providing a creative out-
let in which people of all ages
could gather, connect and enjoy
the communal power of rhythm.
And thus, UpBeat Bucket Drum-
ming was born.
And why the buckets?
Through a little research,
Chris found that 20 litre plastic
buckets can create a range of
drum sounds from deep basses
to clackety high tones.
Chris fashioned drumsticks
from wooden dowel, creating an
affordable solution to providing
all the equipment necessary to
drum up a crowd of 20 or more
UpBeat Bucket Drumming
provides a mix of structure and
Each session commences with
simple beats and progresses to
two-part rhythms and impromp-
For the kids’ sessions, Chris
also provides a bunch of pots
and pans and home-made shak-
ers. The kids just love making
Chris says that Bucket Drum-
ming engages the brain in two
fascinating ways. Firstly, there’s
a level of concentration involved
to hold the beat.
Secondly, it simultaneously
relaxes the brain through the
meditative, repetitive rhythms.
It’s a rare mix of brain stimula-
tion and brain relaxation at the
Chris believes that great ther-
apeutic value is gained when
people gather to share creative
He said when people are en-
couraged and feel open to be
themselves, they start to feel the
upbeat benefits of therapeutic
As well as running both kids’
and adult UpBeat Bucket Drum-
ming sessions in Coronet Bay,
Chris has held group sessions
with the Bass Coast Children’s
Centre in Wonthaggi and corpo-
Chris highly recommends the
fun and group participation ben-
efits of drumming, as an activity
for staff development days.
Chris is a registered mem-
ber of the Australian and New
Zealand Arts Therapy Associa-
tion (ANZATA). He also holds a
current Working with Children
Check and is in the process of
becoming a registered NDIS pro-
Chris’ therapeutic practice
‘Bass Coast Creative Arts Thera-
py’ provides a range of arts-based
therapies to people of all ages.
If you’d like to find out more
or organise a drumming session
for your gathering, you can con-
tact Chris at chris@upbeatcb.
WITHOUT a doubt, a recent presentation by
Rose Lodge residents was a highlight for kids
from the Bass Coast Children’s Centre.
The growing relationship between the lodge
and the centre is a true testament to the dedi-
cation of centre director Dina and the lifestyle
coordinator at the lodge, Carolyn.
The colourful Shannon from Rose Lodge,
who facilitates the visits, ensures the success
of each visit.
Well-known and loved resident Candy
brought with her the story ‘The Owl and the
Pussy Cat’ .
From the moment Candy started her story,
the children were engaged and captured by
this cute fairy-like story, and Candy’s beauti-
ful story telling skills.
Following Candy’s story, resident Max pre -
sented his special gift to the kindergarten.
The children always enjoy visiting Max at
the lodge. He has a very interesting hobby
that he happily shares with the children.
Max spends his days at the lodge crafting
wooden objects, including amazing wooden
Within these insect enclosures he houses
the unusual and the magnificent ‘spiny leaf
Max brought with him his handmade insect
enclosure as a gift for the kindergarten, with
four spiny leaf insects for the children.
Max has provided the centre with all the
care instructions, including an insect poop -
er-scooper and handmade water pump. The
children are very excited to watch and learn
about these intriguing insects.
The residents then enjoyed a cuppa and
chat with the children as they engaged in
the kindergarten program. The visit finished
with the kids sharing and performing some of
their favourite songs.
The centre would like to thank Max, Candy
and residents Gene, Bernie, Ray, Mary and
the wonderful Shannon for sharing this beau-
Fortnightly drumming sessions led by Chris Petrie have been a hit at Coronet Bay.
on the Waterline
The community has rallied around Quinn Cox, pictured
with her little sister Yasmine.
Read why Cr
Skinner arrived late
Cr Alyson Skinner participated in the
annual National Simultaneous Storytime
(NSS) program last Wednesday by reading
Hickory Dickory Dash to children and their
parents at the Leongatha Children’s Cen-
tre. Cr Skinner rejoined her colleagues at
the council table afterwards. m112218
On a recent visit, the kids at the Bass Coast Children’s Centre were very entertained by
Max, a Rose Lodge resident.
Young and old unite
Max taught kids about the various types of
insects; with the visit wrapping up with kids
sharing and performing some of their favou-
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