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AS A busy mother of three, Inverloch’s Trina
Anderson is all smiles when it comes to her
family’s next trip to the dentist.
Since discovering Medicare’s Child Dental
Benefits Schedule – a generous government
dental grant for eligible children - Trina’s three
kids have become regulars at Inverloch Family
And believe it or not, Froley, eight, Zeb, six
and Dae, three, are “almost excited” about go -
ing in for their next check-up.
“From the first time we came to Inverloch
Family Dental a few years ago, we found the
staff extremely friendly and very relatable for
the kids,” Trina said.
“They make it a relaxing and joyful experi-
ence, rather than the ‘daunting’ dentist visit
that people can often think about.”
All of the Anderson family's check-up costs,
including X-rays and thorough examinations,
have been covered by the Child Dental Ben-
efits Schedule – a government benefit that al-
locates $1000 worth of treatment to every eli-
gible child between two and 17 over a two -year
“All up the CDBS has covered us for more than
$1000 worth of treatment, so it’s been an abso-
lute no-brainer. If you’ve got kids, you’d be crazy
not to make the most of it,” Trina said.
Trina implored other parents to take advan-
tage of the CDBS at Inverloch Family Dental’s
clinic, specially designed for child check-ups
and treatments, including examinations, clean-
ing, extractions, X-rays and fillings.
“I think some people hear about ‘special of-
fers’ and can think of them as a bit of a scam,
as if it’s too good to be true.
“But the CDBS is excellent. It’s been such a
great way to ensure we're on top of our kids’
As a local business owner of Invisage Blinds
in Inverloch, Trina said it was fantastic to have
convenient access to quality dental services on
her doorstep in South Gippsland.
“It’s been super convenient for us, the staff
have always been accommodating in booking
after school visits, there’s definitely a great re-
lationship going on between us and the clinic
staff,” Trina said.
“As a parent that makes me feel relaxed. It’s
not a chore that you dread popping up in your
schedule. They make it such an easy thing to
work into your life and you know you’re doing
the right thing for your kids.”
"It’s become very familiar there now. The staff
know all our kids’ names and it’s something
that they look forward to; they see it as excite-
ment rather than something that they ‘have to
It’s a view shared by the Inverloch Fam-
ily Dental team, who cherish the opportunity
to watch young families grow over the years
through their recommended six monthly check-
Trina said toys, ceiling televisions and kids
gift bags were just of a few of the other ways the
team at Inverloch Family Dental made children
of all ages feel welcome.
“The clinic and all the equipment is very new
and clean, it’s the perfect mix of professional
medical service and that welcoming community
feeling coming together, so it’s a really good fit
for our family.”
Inverloch Family Dental will be celebrating its
fourth year of trading next to the Post Office on
For more information or to book an appoint-
ment call 5674 2691, drop in at the friendly
clinic at 2a High Street, Inverloch or visit www.
Inverloch Family Dental’s dental assistant Hannah Gray and Dr Dianne Jung catch up
with Froley, Zeb, and Dae, during a friendly visit to the clinic last week.
Regular dental check-ups a ‘no brainer’ for the Andersons
PET registrations are vital
to maintaining the health and
wellbeing of our animals, both
domestic and native.
Notices have been arriving
in mailboxes in the past few
weeks reminding pet owners
of their responsibilities and
the due date for registrations,
Under Victorian law, every
cat and dog three months of
age and over must be regis-
tered with their local council.
Pets being registered for the
first time must also be micro -
chipped prior to registration.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr
Pamela Rothfield, said regis-
tering your pet is a key part of
being a responsible owner.
“Making sure your pet is
registered, wearing a council
identification tag and micro -
chipped, means your dog or
cat has a much higher chance
of being returned to you if it
ends up missing,” Cr Rothfield
“No family wants to experi-
ence the distress of losing a
pet, so it’s also important to
make sure your contact de-
tails are kept up-to-date on
both your Council registration
and microchip details.”
As of April 10, two new or-
ders in relation to the respon-
sible ownership of cats in the
shire will also come into effect.
From this date, the coun-
cil will not register a new cat
unless the cat is de-sexed or
is exempt under the Domes-
tic Animals Act 1994, and
cat owners will be required
to contain their cats to their
property between sunset and
sunrise, unless restrained and
in the presence of their owner.
The aim of the new orders
are to protect wildlife, reduce
instances of cats causing a
nuisance to neighbours, re-
ducing unwanted litters of kit-
tens and, ultimately, making
all cats safer.
“Roaming cats, both domes-
tic and feral, have a significant
impact on our environment
and can cause a nuisance to
If a cat is caught straying
between sunrise and sunset
owners will initially be educat-
ed in relation to the require-
ment of the new Order with
ongoing breaches resulting in
Council can assist people
who are experiencing prob-
lems with nuisance cats tres-
passing by providing a cat
If cats are caught they are
collected and inspected for
identification so they can be
reunited with their owners.
Ongoing incidents of trespass
can result in enforcement ac-
tion against the cat owner.
For more information on
new controls or registering
your pet, contact the coun-
cil’s Local Laws team at local.
call them on 1300 BCOAST
(226 278) or 5671 2211.
Don’t forget your pet
New cat laws will come into effect in Bass Coast as of April 10.
THE annual short-tailed shearwater migration is
anticipated to begin in mid-April, and Phillip Is-
land Nature Parks is seeking community support
to ensure the safe passage of the birds.
“We expect most of the shearwater chicks will
depart sometime between April 18 and May 8,”
said Jodi Bellett, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation
officer at Phillip Island Nature Parks.
“During that time birds may be on the roads as
they learn to fly. We urge drivers to take care.”
The birds are known to flock to the San Remo
bridge lights. As in past years, the bridge lights will
be switched off for a few nights around April 25
during the peak of departure.
Signs will be placed at either end to warn drivers
of the changed traffic conditions.
“We thank SP AusNet, VicRoads and Bass Coast
Shire Council for their assistance in ensuring the
safe migration of the birds from Phillip Island.”
Nature Parks staff will be patrolling areas where
the birds land on roads, particularly around Surf
Beach, Cape Woolamai and near the Penguin Pa-
rade. Since the inception of the Shearwater Res-
cue Patrol in 1999, thousands of birds have been
saved from the roads as they attempt to fly.
Community support has been instrumental in
reducing the number of shearwaters killed or in-
jured on roads.
Short-tailed shearwaters arrive on Phillip Island
in September and spend the summer raising their
single chick in a sand dune burrow.
They undertake one of the most incredible mi-
grations, flying 16,000km to feed near Alaska dur-
ing our winter.
Adults begin their migration in early-April. The
chicks leave about three weeks later with no guid-
ance. Many chicks are killed each year on the
roads at night.
Shearwater Rescue is an initiative to reduce
Shearwater rescue begins
WORK to protect the Southern Brown
Bandicoot within a number of reserves in
South Gippsland is underway, with a pest con-
trol program to be rolled out shortly.
The Southern Brown Bandicoot is in danger
of extinction in south-eastern mainland Aus-
tralia and is listed as ‘Endangered’ under fed-
eral government legislation and ‘Threatened’
under the Victorian legislation.
One of the major threats to the Southern
Brown Bandicoot is pest animals such as fox-
es and cats.
Over the next few months Parks Victoria will
be implementing important fox and cat con-
trol to protect this threatened species, which
will also improve habitat for other native spe-
cies including the Hooded Plover.
Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger South
Gippsland and Bass, Gerard Delaney said
that the fox control program will be imple-
mented using a number of methods including
(1080) poison baiting.
“The potential impacts on wildlife other than
foxes is extremely low, however a number of
precautions will be taken to protect non-tar-
geted animals, including burying baits, and
spacing baits at least 500m apart,” he said.
Warning signs will also be installed within
the reserves. Neighbouring landholders will
be informed before baiting commences.
“It is important to keep your dog on a leash
at all times. The best way to prevent dogs from
picking up baits is by ensuring they are kept
safely away from any source of the poison and
staying on existing tracks.
“A muzzle is also recommended,” Mr Del-
Parks visitors can learn more about this
program and meet with Rangers and Project
Officers on Monday, April 10 between 11am
and 12.30pm at the Community Hall at the
State Coal Mine Visitor Centre (Garden Street,
Poison baits will be laid in Wonthaggi Heath-
lands Nature Conservation Reserve, Kilcun-
da–Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve and Ad-
ams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve.
Further information, including brochures,
can be obtained by contacting Parks Victoria
Wonthaggi office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foxes will be targeted in parks and reserves
around the Bass Coast. Photo: Peter Wright.
Fox control program
to protect bandicoot
The endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot. Photo: Ecology & Heritage.
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