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ARRGH me hearties, get your best pirate gear on
and come join Pirate Pete and his scurvy crew of
roving Pirates at the annual Grantville Pirate Festi-
val at the award winning Maru Koala and Animal
Park on Saturday, April 22.
‘Dere be lots for young Pirates to see and things
This year’s festival features the official stage
show by ICE AGE at 11am and 1pm. Meet the
characters Sid, Scrat and Diego at noon.
Dress up, enjoy a family fun-filled day and win a
pirate medallion and Ice Age prize in the dress-up
competitions for all ages presented by the charac-
Then experience the Pirate games and roving
entertainers, jumping castles, face painting, pirate
mini-golf and the animal park all for the one low
Go fishin' for gold, bobbin' for squid or try the
wooden leg throwing competition, then lend a
hand in the tug of war and try and make someone
‘walk the plank’ by hitting the bullseye and sending
them into the water.
Have a professional photo taken on the Princess
Caribbean Pirate Ship with a real python snake!
Then meet, pat and hand feed the koalas, kan-
garoos and other animals. Relax at 'Tortuga' and
enjoy a bite to eat and drink in the licensed Home-
stead Bistro, also featuring a scrumptious menu
from the Charcoal Grill Oven.
The one low entry fee gives you access to all ar-
eas and activities on the day.
All of the following is included with your ticket
• Ice Age live stage show, meet and greet the
• Unlimited games of Pirate Pete’s 18 hole mini-
• Entry into the animal park
• Jumping castle, giant inflatable slide, face
• Fishin’ for Gold, Tug of War, Bobbin’ for Squid
• Enter the ‘Best Dressed Pirate’ and ‘Wench’
• Treasure Hunt Map to collect free ‘gold bullion’
• Enter the colouring competition to win prizes
Entry to the Pirate Festival is the same price as
an ‘All Day Pass’ to the Animal Park and mini-golf
on a normal day, but you get all of these extra ac-
tivities at no extra cost!
Pre-purchase your tickets before April 16 from
the Maru website and get 10 per cent off the gate
entry prices on the day.
Visit and like Maru’s Facebook page to stay up
to date and be informed of any giveaways or com-
The Pirate Festival is on Saturday, April 22,
10am to 3pm.
Activities and games will end at 3pm but visitors
are welcome to stay on longer to enjoy the Animal
Park and Pirate Pete’s Mini-golf.
JUST getting to the 18th annual ‘Having a Say’
Conference, held in Geelong during February, un-
der their own steam was an education for clients of
Yooralla’s Leongatha Community Hub.
That was a comment made by a member of the
local deputation, who attended the three day con-
ference, Damian Midwinter, who travelled down
by public transport from the local area, to join the
train at Southern Cross Station.
Together with several of his colleagues, he was
speaking at a community briefing session held by
the South Gippsland Shire Council.
“One of the things we did was go to a session on
how to become a part of a community organisa-
tion,” said Damian in his address.
“We met lots of people and I now have a lot more
friends on Facebook,” said Justin Smith.
“We had fun and enjoyed all the talks. We want to
go again next year,” he said.
The Yooralla representatives attended the meet-
ing with council to say ‘thank you’.
It was as a result of a grant provided by the com-
munity, through the council, that they were able to
attend the conference and as they reported, got so
much out of the event attended by more than 500
The Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Dis-
ability and Ageing was the main speaker, attending
to discuss the future of housing and accommoda-
tion for people with disability under the NDIS.
The forum he headed also featured several fami-
lies sharing their experience with housing in the
changing sector and audience members also had
the opportunity to get their questions answered by
a representative from the National Disability In-
The theme of this year’s conference was Lead
In keeping with this year’s theme, attendees
could partake in empowering workshops such
as ‘Decision making and leading your own life’,
‘Speaking up about your dreams and aspirations’
and ‘Speaking up about abuse’ presented by the
Victoria Police and Disability Service Commis-
Some other conference highlights included Har-
ley rides, creative writing sessions, wheelchair
basketball, a celebratory dinner and disco and
performances by the Party Pack band and new
The Having a Say Conference is unique in that
70 per cent of the speakers and performers are
people with disability and presents an ideal op-
portunity to celebrate ability and achievement and
be heard by politicians, government and service
The visit by the Yooralla group to council was
timely with councillors considering budget alloca-
tions for next year.
Given the success of this year’s Geelong confer-
ence, they might be able to find a similar allocation
this coming financial year.
WONTHAGGI North Primary School students were treated to a dynamic performance of
drumming, dance, percussion and vocal harmonies in a visit from ‘WALA’.
The talented trio, Ago, Abli and Odai presented the students with an exciting display of
With 15 hand-made African drums, flutes and stunning costumes, WALA engaged the
students in a call and response song, an invitation to try out different instruments and to
join in the dance.
Above, members of ‘WALA’, Ago, Abli and Odai with students Lochie, Jessica, Courtney
THE Allied Health team at Bass Coast Health
(BCH) is helping children across the Bass
Coast Shire to get ready for school in 2018 by
offering free screening to all children in their
The team has just completed screening kin-
dergarten children and are now inviting fami-
lies with children who are in their pre-school
year but not attending kindergarten to book in
or seek information about screening.
The screening completed by BCH’s Allied
Health department covers children’s develop-
ment in the areas of:
• speech sound development
• speech fluency and voice
• the ability to understand what is said
• the ability to use appropriate words and
sentences when talking
• social skills
• learning to do things independently, such as
toileting, use of cutlery, dressing, etc
• gross motor skills, such as jumping, run-
ning and climbing
• fine motor skills, such as pencil grip, hand-
• attention and concentration
• memory and recall
• thinking through and solving problems
• eating and growing issues, such as fussy
eating, slow growth or excessive weight gain.
BCH Speech Pathology and Dietetics manager
Janette McNair said parents or caregivers who
have concerns about their child’s development
can get in contact to organise screening.
“Screening is conducted with parents or care-
givers in attendance by an Occupational Thera-
pist and Speech Pathologist in a short, positive
and fun appointment.”
If the screening assessment identifies possi-
ble areas of delay in development, a more com-
prehensive assessment is suggested or appro -
priate referrals are made, for example to a BCH
dietitian if eating and growing is of concern.
This fuller assessment looks at the child in
more depth to identify areas of delay and to set
goals for therapy in consultation with the par-
ents or caregivers.
Families of children with Occupational Ther-
apy or Speech Pathology goals are then invited
to attend SPOT (Speech Pathology Occupation-
al Therapy) groups in their area where children
and parents or caregivers participate in fun ac-
tivities to enhance the child’s development in
the goal areas identified.
An Allied Health Assistant also facilitates in
these groups. Parents and caregivers take skills
and activities with them to continue at home.
SPOT groups are held in Wonthaggi, San
Remo and Cowes, with weekly one hour ses-
sions going for eight weeks at a time.
Parents of children screened in 2016 who
were surveyed reported feeling listened to and
commented on the professionalism and friend-
liness of staff.
The majority of parents said that screening
met their expectations and addressed their ar-
eas of concern.
Comments included – “Thank you, great to
see the services being provided to pre-school
children before they reach school”; “Lovely in-
formative staff - thank you very much”; “I liked
the way my child was praised and made to feel
like he was playing fun games”.
At the conclusion of the SPOTS groups, 89
per cent of parents indicated that the group had
helped their child to be ready for school, with
one parent’s comment summing up the general
feedback received – “Thank you for supporting
and helping my child along the way and teach-
ing him so many new things”.
Families with children in their pre-school
year who have any questions or who would like
their child screened are invited to contact Ja-
nette by phoning 5671 3343.
Captain M.T. Head loves coming back to
Maru for the Grantville Pirate Festival.
Bobbin’ for apples and trying not to cop
a mouthful of slippery squid is always a
looms at Grantville
African music a hit with kids
Frankie Belsar and BCH Allied Health As-
sistant Liza Mabilia having fun in the SPOTS
Is your child ready for school?
Customers and staff of Yooralla’s Leongatha Community Hub including Dale Olierook,
Vanessa Holness, Justin Smith and Damian Midwinter and addressed a meeting of the South
Gippsland Shire Council recently to thank councillors for supporting its deputation to the
‘Having a Say’ Conference in Geelong recently. m021217
Had their say, thanking council
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