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“After 7 months of travelling to Melbourne I learnt I could have the
same treatment for my cancer, 20 mins from home in Leongatha”
- Bass Coast Shire resident
The backyard of Jill Demo is now overshadowed by a towering flower that has recently
grown from her agave cactus plant. ms011117
Cactus in bloom
after 25 years
JILL Demo’s agave cactus plant has sat qui-
etly at the bottom of her garden in Wonthaggi
since the 1990s.
But over the past month, a mighty woody
flower has blossomed from the plant.
The flower now towers over her house, and
grew very quickly within the space of a few
“It certainly surprised me,” Jill said.
“In January, my grandchildren and great
grandchildren were visiting and there was no
sign of this flower then. In early February I
noticed this thing growing.
“It surprised me. I thought I might get a cov-
ering of white flowers on the plant, not this
Jill is a keen gardener, with a backyard full
of succulent plants popping out from every
She was first given a cutting of the agave
plant 25 years ago, on a trip north with her
Staying at a caravan park, a friend of Jill
and her husband, who would regularly set up
his site with plenty of potted plants gave Jill a
cutting of the plant.
“It sat in a pot plant for about five years be-
fore we moved into this house here in Wont-
haggi,” Jill said.
For the past 20 years it has sat in a corner
of her backyard, with no sign of flowering.
“It’s an agave plant, which is apparently the
cactus that tequila is made from,” Jill said.
The agave cactus is native to South and
It is commonly believed that the plant only
flowers once every 100 years.
Some agave cactus flower after just five
years, but it is more common for them to
blossom after 30 to 50 years.
The agave plant is a monocarpic plant,
meaning it will only flower once in its lifetime.
During flowering, a tall stem will emerge
from the centre of the leaf rosette.
Wonthaggi Secondary College Dudley Campus student leaders organised a successful out of
uniform day to raise funds and awareness for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation recently.
Students raise funds
to keep children safe
WONTHAGGI Secondary College Dudley
Campus student leaders organised an out of
uniform day to raise funds for the Alannah and
Madeline Foundation recently.
Students were encouraged to wear purple
and yellow to raise awareness of the founda-
tion, as well as donating a gold coin to raise
funds for the foundation’s work.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s mis-
sion is keeping children safe from violence.
The foundation cares for children who have
experienced or witnessed violence and delivers
programs which aim to prevent violence in the
lives of children.
The student leaders and a group of other car-
ing students thought they would take the theme
of caring for other youth literally, by getting to -
gether and writing a positive message on more
than 700 sticky notes.
On the morning of the out of uniform day, the
group of students stuck one of the notes on ev-
ery student’s locker.
When the students went to get their books
for their morning classes, they were greeted by
their own positive messages to start the day.
The student body was energised and positive
about the day, and the student leaders contin-
ued the positive theme by organising fun, team-
orientated games for lunchtime which encour-
aged students to communicate and help one
The crowd favourite was the tug-o -war which
was keenly contested.
Dudley Campus principal Ross Bramley
praised the student leaders’ organisation and
strong work ethic, and hailed the day a major
“Our student leaders, under the direction of
our Student Leadership coordinator, Mr An-
drew Hay, have created a wonderful day where
we have been able to help an important charity
and provide an amazing opportunity to again
remind all of our students that they are special
and an important part of our school,” he said.
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