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WONTHAGGI Workmen’s Club president
Kevin Williams was recognised for 20 years
of service, when he won the Outstanding
Community Service Award at the Community
Clubs Victoria Gala Dinner.
The Workmen’s Club featured prominently
in the awards, with manager Rod Bye award-
ed runner-up in the Regional Club Manager
award and the club a finalist in the Best Re-
Mr Williams started on the committee and
worked his way up as junior vice president,
senior vice president and then president, a
role he has held for the past six years.
He also founded the Workmen’s Club’s
Good Friday Appeal event and other com-
munity benefit events, as well as organising
He said he was surprised to win the award.
“I was honoured to go and get it because
I didn’t even know I was nominated, it went
down extraordinarily well and it was well ap-
preciated for all I’ve done for the club over the
20 years,” he said.
Mr Williams said he loved being part of the club.
“It’s an incentive for me because I’m retired
people, and it’s a good communication point,”
“I’ve been honoured for life membership
over 20 years’ service which is a great hon-
our and the Good Friday Appeal is always a
“I’ll keep going until I get off the committee.
After 20 years I thought I’d be off it by now, so
I must be doing alright. If everything goes well
I’ll be around for a few more years.”
Mr Williams paid tribute to Rod, who was
recognised for his hard work as manager.
“We’ve never had the chance to put in for
manager of the year. I actually nominated him
for that award and he was a bit unlucky he
didn’t get it,” he said.
“He’s a manager that any club would have
tomorrow without any trouble. He knows
everything, he knows the industry well, he
knows the gaming and licencing side of it –
there isn’t much he doesn’t know.”
DO YOU struggle to find the time to read, let
alone make it to the library?
Do you have a small pile of neglected paper-
back novels sitting on your bedside table gath-
ering dust? Or are you looking for something
other than music to entertain you on your daily
walk or workout?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these ques-
tions, you need an eAudiobook in your life.
eAudiobooks are quickly becoming one of
the most well-used sections of the library col-
lection, having grown to nearly 2000 titles in
recent years. The collection now includes an ex-
tensive range of genres, with titles for children,
young adults and adults.
The collection is available through BorrowBox
Library, which is available online or via an app.
All you need to access these free books is a device
(phone, tablet or computer), your library card
number and login and access to the internet.
eAudiobooks are also a great companion for
car trips, whether you’re on your own or with
your family. Rather than dreading your daily
drive to work on a cold Gippsland morning, you
can look forward to listening to a talented nar-
rator read you the latest James Patterson book.
Or perhaps you’re looking for something oth-
er than commercial radio to get you through the
There’s a great selection of popular children’s
titles from all-time favourite authors, including
Andy Griffiths, Alison Lester and Paul Jennings.
If you’re yet to experience the wonders of an
eAudiobook, visit the Library Corporation’s
website www.wgrlc.vic.gov.au and set yourself
What’s on this month at your local library?
• Poetry Slam: Wednesday, May 3; 6.30pm
• Stories for Grown-Ups: Wednesday, May 3
& 17; 11am—12pm
• Boomerang Bags Sew-a-thon: Saturday,
May 20; 10am—12.30pm
Reconciliation Week Film Screening:
Wednesday, May 31; 7pm
• Lego Club: Wednesdays; 4pm—5pm
• Story Time: Thursdays; 11am—11.30am
• Rhyme Time: Fridays; 11am—11.30am
Phillip Island Library
• Book Chat with Friends: Wednesday, May
• Movies for Grown Ups: Friday, May 26; 2pm
• Geocaching Puzzle Solving: Saturday, May
• Story Time: Tuesdays; 11am—11.30am
• Lego Club: Tuesdays; 4pm—5pm
• Rhyme Time: Thursdays; 10.30am—11am
• Fortnightly Produce Swap: Wednesday, May
10 & 24; 4pm—5pm
• Rhyme Time: Tuesdays; 10.30—11am
Story Time: Wednesdays: 10.30am—
• Inverloch Knitters: Thursdays; 1pm—3pm
• Lego Club: Thursdays: 4pm—5pm
• Calming Colouring In: Tuesday, May 2;
• Story Time: Mondays; 10.30am—11am
For more details visit www.wgrlc.vic.gov.au or
pick up a copy of our Autumn What’s On guide
from your local library.
CURRENT and former residents of San Remo
are banding together to create a treasure trove
Part of the ‘Tides of Change’ project, organ-
ised by the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and
San Remo and supported by the Bass Coast
Shire Council, is about collecting and sharing
stories about San Remo’s history.
But it’s not just another boring archive pro-
cess. People with connections to San Remo are
encouraged to tell their raw stories and already
there’ve been some incredible yarns.
Around 30 people attended the first official
‘Stuff and Stories’ event on Saturday, April 29
at the San Remo Recreation Centre.
Attendees Albert and Miranda Sage purchased
an old cottage in the area and found an old
newspaper clipping in the house from 1909.
From there, the couple began talking to peo-
ple who had lived in the cottage and they dis-
covered it was once used as a dental surgery.
“I’ve got a huge amount of information and pho-
tos. Local people see it and say ‘Oh, I went there’’
“We’re unlocking stories.”
John Jazan told his story of how he was at the
San Remo Jetty at around 2am, sometime during
the 1980s he believes, with wooden fish boxes.
A security guard, who was feeling “under the
weather”, spotted him and pointed a gun at
“He was assured I was stealing them,” John
Project volunteer Kirsty Mawer, from the Ro-
tary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo, said
she heard a story of how excited residents be-
came when they heard a company was record-
ing a film in San Remo.
As it turns out, it was an adults-only film.
Residents weren’t pleased.
To preserve the area’s history, Mick Green
from Drift Media will be helping storytellers cre-
ate 10 four-minute videos on San Remo’s past.
To share your story, email sanremo3925@
SOUTH Gippsland Family Medicine has more
doctors at its Wonthaggi clinic, which means
more appointment availability and choice for
Last year, the clinic welcomed Dr Myat Pwint
Thu Aung and Dr Sleshkumar Ramsurrun, and
in February this year, Senior Registrar Dr Vinay
Amlani joined the team.
They’re all settling in well and the younger
doctors are enjoying having Dr Howard Mc-
Cormick as their mentor, one of the clinic’s
“What’s different here is doctors often get
each other’s advice and suggestions on cases,”
Dr McCormick said.
“That means the patient’s problem is more like-
ly to be solved quicker or means they won’t have
to unnecessarily go to Dandenong or Melbourne.”
Dr Amlani has been working at the clinic for
just over two months and he loves it.
He moved from Lakes Entrance and enjoys
how all the staff get along, and how he has a
mix of colleagues with varying expertise.
Clinic manager Sharlene Dowthwaite said
now the clinic has more doctors, patients have
more flexibility over which doctor they want to
see and when.
The clinic has a website where patients can
look up the doctors’ profiles and have the abil-
ity to book appointments online 24/7.
Patients can also download the MAACG
App for easy access to online bookings via
“Our online booking is great for parents with
young children because if their child gets sick
during the night, they can book an appointment
and don’t have to worry about calling in the
morning to see if they can get in.”
She added because the clinic has more female
doctors, such as Dr Myat Pwint Thu Aung and
Dr Rohini Wickramaratne, it allows patients to
choose to see a female doctor if they prefer.
Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club president Kevin Williams is congratulated by Minister for
Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz on winning the Out-
standing Community Service Award at the Community Clubs Victoria Gala Dinner.
Kevin’s a top Workman
We can’t forget
San Remo’s history
Albert and Miranda Sage have created a collage of photos, notes and articles about the
cottage they now call home. mm091817
Family Medicine welcomes new staff
South Gippsland Family Medicine has welcomed new staff to its clinic in Wonthaggi. Staff
include, from left, Dr Howard McCormick, Dr Vinay Amlani, Dr Myat Pwint Thu Aung and
Dr Sleshkumar Ramsurrun. mm011817
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