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Students’ show finds new lands

Mystique and Mia ready for Singing in the Rain. 172542 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

The whole James Cook Primary School community has been preparing to display its singing and dancing talent on the Drum Theatre stage. The Endeavour Hills school put on Journey to Bergen Town at the Dandenong Theatre on Wednesday 13 September. This year’s annual production is about trolls planning a rescue mission to save their brethren from the Bergens. But to reach them in Bergen Town they must travel through many lands. Each year level brought a different land to life. The Preps sang and danced to the Land of Dreams and Good Ship Lollipop while Year 1 and 2 took the audience to Monster Land and Land of Far, Far, Away. Year 3 and 4 lit up the stage with Lego Land and Dr Suess Land and the Grade 5 and 6 students started the musical with Moana Island and ended with Bergen Town. Principal Anne Burgess said she was proud of the fact that performing arts was one of many curriculum areas provided for students at her school. She said this gave students the opportunity to build upon their prior experiences and knowledge. It was important for students to develop their understanding and talents in different areas, she said, so that they can achieve a range of successes.

■ Pollution storm leaves victims struggling to breathe...

Sawdust shower Fresh reports of thick “sawdust storms” have emerged in Hallam, just ahead of scheduled Environment Protection Authority Victoria inspections of two soil yards. Business owner Zlatibor Prvulovic told Star News that his neighbouring industrial chemist lab continues to be showered by sawdust, four months after the EPA issued Pollution Abatement Notices to the yards operated by Bark King and Folino Plant Hire. Mr Prvulovic said the most recent “storm” was

carried by a southerly wind onto businesses in Bolt Court on 8 September. “At times the sawdust storm is quite thick, impossible to breathe and to have your eyes open. “I’ve had enough of breathing sawdust, it’s totally ridiculous. “This problem has been going on for over a year.” In a statement, the EPA said it had received site layout and dust management plans from both soil yard proprietors - with an extension of deadline requested by Folino Plant Hire. “EPA is currently assessing the dust manage-

ment plans for both sites, and will inspect both sites in the next fortnight to confirm that appropriate site controls have been implemented.” In May, Bark King and Folino were issued PANs - with a 31 August deadline to prevent dust escaping their boundaries. According to the notices, excessive rates of dust deposits from the yards had coated a neighbouring industrial workplace. The highest reading of dust in nearby Bolt Court was 9.42 grams per square metre per month in January - more than double the fourgram amenity standard in NSW.

“Numerous potential sources of dust are present on your premises and likely to be a source of dust emissions,” the notices stated to Bark King Group and Folino Plant Hire. Hampton Park residents living about 300 metres south of the yards have also long complained of dust pollution. The residents in Rowland Close and Glenora Way report regular and severe hay-fever, skin hives, asthma attacks, coughing and sore eyes suffered by children, young and old residents alike. If they fail to comply, the companies face fines of up to $777,300 if prosecuted in court.


By Cam Lucadou-Wells

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Journal News - 25th September 2017