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The Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club wish to thank their members and
the local community for helping them achieve an amazing total of
$38,266.45 towards the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal
Our apologies for any omissions, your support is appreciated.
A Garden Of Thoughts
Dollar Curtains & Blinds
Panthers Mensland Wonthaggi
Abstract Hair Studio
Don & Theodora Mcnamara
Dory's Fish & Chips
Alison & Graham Dixon
Ramalama Book Exchange
Rigby Homemakers Furniture
Gary & Catherine Beard
Roger & Nat Lee
Geoffs Electrical Services
Autobarn Airport West
B & L Window Tinting
South Gippsland Motors
BJ Clancy & Co
Bass Coast Music
Hicksborough General Store
The Country Gardener
House Of Blanche
Big Twig Florist
J Garnham & Associates
Buon Appetito Pasta
June & Sid Gostling
Whistle Stop Bakery
C & S Computers
Wonthaggi Fabrics & Beads
C.mark Music Store
Wonthaggi Angling Club
Carlton United Brewery
Wonthaggi Garden Supplies
Wonthaggi Motorcycles &
Colleen & Graham Alford
Wonthaggi Pet Supplies
Complexions On Billson
Wonthaggi Sewing & Vacuum
Wonthaggi Tile & Heating
Cuttin In Mens & Ladies Haircuts Oaktree Boutique
Yuki's Japanese Take Away
One Stop $2 Plus Shop
We wish to acknowledge the following local businesses and citizens who kindly
donated goods and services to be auctioned and raffled to assist the cause...
THERESA O’Dea is helping victims of do-
mestic violence through a series of free group
sessions in Wonthaggi.
She is the founder of Hopeishope11, a non-
for-profit organisation aiming to help inform,
educate and support victims of domestic vio-
“It’s about protecting us women and kids.
The cycle of violence starts at home and often
moves down the generations.
“I t’s a group for women who have suffered
domestic violence or for women who are
experiencing it. ”
Ms O’Dea, a victim of domestic violence
herself, is pushing for financial support
“My perpetrator just wore me down.
“When I started going out with guys again, I
started picking these guys (who were violent).
“Quite often we leave and we don’t get any-
thing,” she said, adding that many victims
just want an opportunity to start a new life.
She is also frustrated with the family court
system and understands that while there have
been attempts to fix it, it remains complicat-
“C hildren get involved and they don’t see
Mum and Dad the way Mum and Dad see
Ms O’Dea added there is a lack of programs
for victims of domestic violence, especially
those that reach out to regional communities.
“The government is wasting a lot of money
on advertisements about domestic violence.
“Women are still stuck, and they’re abso-
lutely devastated and bruised. They just want
to get out (of the relationship).
“We need it here, we need a collaboration
of girls who sit down together and can have a
coffee or a tea.
“This group will help to educate about how
and why domestic violence starts. It’s about
protecting our mental health.”
According to the results of a Personal Safety
Survey, conducted by the Australian Bureau
of Statistics in 2012, it was estimated around
467,000 women in Australia had, within the
previous 12 months, experienced violence,
physical and/or sexual.
The group will meet monthly at Mitchell
House in Wonthaggi, beginning Friday, May 5.
The groups are open to women and children.
For more information, call Ms O’Dea on
0416 866 699.
VISITORS flocked to the 50th Celebratory
Bass Coast Artists’ Society Easter Show.
Opened by life member, Dennis Leversha on
Friday night and judged by Lyn Mellady, the
show featured 137 artworks, 42 photographs
and several sculptured busts.
Lyn Mellady judges shows Australia-wide and
is mentioned in eight publications.
She made many pertinent comments about
the work, which were most helpful to exhibi-
tors, as she awarded the prizes.
Joan Hales who judged the photography, re-
marked on the variety and number of photo-
graphs displayed this year.
Also present in recognition of its’ 50th anni-
versary were life members, Ivan Fell, Zoe Kidd
and Hazell Billington. Their contribution over
the years has been remarkable. Dennis Lever-
sha gave a brief history during the opening.
The society is extremely grateful to its 22
sponsors, whose generosity in providing prize
money and products helped make this 50th An-
niversary Exhibition an outstanding success.
The Bass Coast Council ‘YAC Invitation
Award’ and ‘The Peoples’ Choice Award’ were
won by Diana Edwards.
SAN Remo is calling all locals and visitors to
bring out their old stuff and stories for a project
that will record the characters and culture of
San Remo’s past.
Kirsty Mawer of the Rotary Club of Phillip
Island and San Remo is one of the project
“The project came about when several
community members recognised that San
Remo doesn’t have a single collection point
for local history.
“Yet there are so many stories that need to be
captured about the days long gone.
“There is a collective knowledge about the
early settlers and the fishing and farming days
and locals can identify special places.
“I’ve heard many stories about seeing bands
like Skyhooks play locally and people love to
share their episodes of misadventure.
“All of this is what makes the character and
characters of San Remo.
“People have amazing old photos, and relics
that need to be documented and shared.
“The Stuff and Stories project aims to make
an historical account that we can be proud of,
that can be used to promote the identity of
San Remo and help others appreciate what we
have here today.
“We are starting the project with a day where
people can drop by, have a cuppa, register their
stuff and stories and share with others.
“The next step will be to sort through all of
the contributions, collect some more informa-
tion and make 10 key stories to share digitally.
“San Remo doesn’t have a museum so the fo-
cus is on digital documentation.
“After this first project we hope that there will
be community interest in continuing to docu-
ment and share San Remo’s history.
“For now, we need our community to come out
with their stuff and stories to make it happen.
“We would also like to hear from volunteers
interested in documenting history for the Stuff
and Stories project.
San Remo Stuff and Stories is on Saturday,
April 29 at the San Remo Recreation Hall.
There are two sessions at 10.30am to noon
and 2.30pm to 4pm.
Bookings are not required and refreshments
will be available.
For more information contact Kirsty Mawer
on 0459 494 666.
Bring out your
San Remo stuff
50th Easter Show
Colin Billington among 137 artworks that were part of the Bass Coast Artists’ Society exhibition.
Theresa O’Dea is the woman behind a series of free, engaging and informative group
sessions around domestic violence, aimed at women and children. mm041717
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