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THE Bass Coast Shire Council has been
asked for its commitment and support in set-
ting up a 24/7 crisis support centre for the re-
The centre, to be known as LifeHouse, aims
to provide immediate crisis response services
to those who are suicidal in the Bass Coast
Former councillor Bradley Drew, who is part
of a team spearheading the campaign for in-
creased services in the area, approached the
council at a community consultation session
held on Wednesday, February 8.
“We’re looking for some commitment from
the council. There are huge gaps in the services
that are currently available,” Mr Drew said.
“This is about life. It’s about reducing the
amount of people killing themselves.”
Fellow members of the Survivors of Suicide
group, Jillian Drew, Koula Dimopoulos, and
Tanya Worden were also in attendance during
the presentation made to council.
LifeHouse aims to establish a crisis support
centre in a central location within the shire in
the next one to two years.
The centre will provide immediate crisis re-
sponse services to those living with mental
health issues in Bass Coast.
LifeHouse has now sought assistance from
the council to establish the centre, either with
a peppercorn rental agreement, or rental with
proportionate funding for ongoing assistance.
“Suicide is not just a problem of the indi-
vidual, but is a problem of the community and
therefore needs to be addressed by the commu-
nity,” Mr Drew said.
The group behind LifeHouse has every right
to be impassioned about suicide prevention.
There are statistically more deaths to suicide
each year than the average road toll.
In 2015, there were 1205 deaths to the road
toll, whereas in the same year there were 3027
deaths by suicide.
Suicide impacts one individual every three
hours in Australia.
That is more than eight suicides per day on
average, according to the Bureau of Statistics.
Recently the State Government announced a
$24.7 million suicide prevention and early in-
tervention strategy funding plan.
The Bass Coast region has been included in
these funding areas.
In the meantime, there is a severe lack of
services for those feeling suicidal or suffering
from mental health conditions and are in need
The LifeHouse crisis support centre will at-
tempt to redress this gap, and be a confidential,
safe location where individuals can access im-
mediate support 24/7 from trained profession-
als and volunteers.
The crisis support service will also incorpo-
rate a follow up support care plan.
In 2017, LifeHouse’s main focus will be on
spreading awareness about suicide prevention,
and to assist community members through a
24/7 crisis support centre.
“We really need a home,” Mr Drew said in his
presentation to the council.
“Suicide is prevalent in our community. It’s a
silent pain, and LifeHouse will be a beacon of
light in the darkness.”
Anyone who feels affected by the issues raised
in the article are encourage to contact Lifeline
on 13 11 14, or beyondblue at 1300 224 636.
Koula Dimopoulos, Bradley Drew, Tanya Worden and Jillian Drew have presented to the
Bass Coast Shire Council their proposal for a crisis support centre for the region. ms040717
out to those in the dark
a tragic loss
AS THE LifeHouse crisis service centre
works to become established within the
Bass Coast region, other groups and agen-
cies are working hard to offer support and
assistance to those who need it most.
The South Gippsland Support After Sui-
cide has formed a support group for people
who have lost a loved one to suicide.
For those people experiencing such a trau-
matic loss, the forum of a support group can
be very beneficial.
Based in Grantville, the support group
meets once a month, and offers comfort and
support to those bereaved by the loss of a
loved one to suicide.
The facilities at the Grantville Transaction
Centre are central and directly on the high-
way, and quite accessible from far-reaching
townships from Phillip Island through to
Korumburra, Leongatha and Inverloch.
The group’s vision is to provide a venue for
people to visit to tell their story and to begin
healing following the loss of someone as a
result of suicide.
In recent years, there has been a shift in
the public consciousness regarding the stig-
ma of mental health, but there is no doubt
that these issues still affect far too many
people within the Bass Coast Shire.
The South Gippsland Support After Sui-
cide group meets monthly every fourth
Thursday at the Grantville Transaction Cen-
tre, corner of the Bass Highway and Pier
Group sessions take place from 10am un-
The next group session will be on Thurs-
day, March 23, and will be hosted by trained
volunteers who have themselves been be-
reaved by the suicide of a loved one.
For further details or to RSVP contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
FOR the 40th consecutive year, the Rotary
Club of Korumburra presented high quality
local art to the community at its annual art
Held at the Federation Art Gallery in Ko-
rumburra, the show has been giving local art-
ists and artists from further afield the chance
to display their works for four decades.
More than 230 watercolours, oil paintings,
and photographic works were displayed at
the show’s opening night on Friday, February
10, where a strong crowd turned out to sup-
port the local art community.
South Gippsland Shire mayor Ray Argen-
to was the official guest of the evening, and
spoke to the crowd about his own personal
revelation regarding art and community.
During a trip through the town of Brim, Cr
Argento passed by the now famous art silos,
painted by artist Guido van Helten.
It was during this trip that he made the con-
nection between art and community.
“Seeing all the people who had pulled over
from the side of the road to view the silos, I
was struck by the importance of art in com-
munities,” Cr Argento said.
“Art is important to communities.”
The 40th art show was judged by Bob
Pelchen, who has lived and worked in Mor-
well since 1969.
Bob is an active member of the Victoria Art-
ists Society and the Victoria Watercolourists
Society and in 2011 was made a Fellow of the
Australian Guild of Realist Artists.
Bob judged Joan Denner’s oil painting,
‘Bowl of Apples’ worthy of the First Prize for
Best Entry in Exhibition.
The raffle prize was won by Judy Stockdale,
who won a beautiful painting by local artist,
The painting ‘Gentle Giant’ by Kelly Brum-
ley received the most votes to win the People’s
Choice award of $100.
The winning ticket for this went to Brian
‘Happy’ O’Neill, who receives a $50 gift vouch-
er from Jenny Rowe’s Picture This Framed.
Mayor of South Gippsland, Ray Argento, was the official guest at the Rotary Club of
Korumburra’s 40th Annual Art Show. ms270717
Rotary celebrates 40th art show
More than 230 pieces of art from local and visiting artists was at the opening night of
the show, held on Friday, February 10. ms280717
A wide range of paintings and photo-
graphs were on display at the Federation
Gallery in Korumburra, including oil paint-
ings, watercolours, pastels and acrylics.
EX-EMPLOYEES of the iconic
Korumburra car dealership, Kur-
rle Motors, gathered together again
for the first time in nearly four de-
cades on Friday, February 10.
At the Tiny Teapot Café, em-
ployees turned friends rubbed
shoulders and chinked glasses as
they remembered the good times
The figurehead of the organisa-
tion, John Kurrle, was the guest
of honour at the event, and was
thrilled to be reunited with all his
“This is the first reunion we’ve
had in 38 years,” John said.
“We worked for 43 years here in
Korumburra, and my father start-
ed the company in 1936.”
The business started as General
Motors, before becoming a Holden
John said that the reunion was
special because of the tight-knit
group who had worked for him for
all those years.
“It’s great to be here tonight to
say G’day to all the staff after all
these years,” John said.
“We’re all still mates, and it’s
wonderful. We were all friends to-
For John, it was the commu-
nity that really helped to make the
business so successful for so many
“The community were really at
the heart of it,” John said.
“The people of Korumburra were
our customers, after all! And they
make the business.”
Reg Maskell, Russell Beavis and Allan Perks reunited once more at
the Tiny Teapot Café in Korumburra on Friday, February 10. ms300717
Kurrle’s crew reunites
Kevin Moon met up with his previous
employer, John Kurrle, for a Kurrle Motors
reunion in Korumburra on Friday, February
10. It was the first reunion of all the em-
ployees in nearly 40 years. ms310717
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