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FREE Issue 9 The Around Point Cook Community Newspaper is distributed in Point Cook.

Julia’s Great Rise to Lead Labor The aftermath of the recent Labor leadership challenge saw our own local Federal MP, Julia Gillard end up at the helm of the Australian Labor Party into the next election. The new leader of Australia. Voters will shortly have an opportunity to endorse her again as Local Member, but also this time, as Prime Minister of our great country. Those who have met her locally will know that she is very down to earth, hard working, professional and has a genuine care for, not only her local electorate, but the broad Labor cause. This is certainly a historic time. The first female Prime Minister, what will her leadership style be? What will the new Prime Minister bring to Federal Government? What effect will her leadership have on the up coming election? We all must wait and see. Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona said “It is terrific that our first female Prime Minister comes from the western suburbs. “Regardless of who people vote for, Julia Gillard, as Prime Minister, represents a great role model for young people, particularly young women, from the West.” Ms Hennessy said.

Williams Landing Station and Palmers Road Extension To Help Get Us Moving Residents of Point Cook and surrounding areas will get a direct road link to the new Williams Landing Railway Station, due to $24 million provided by the State Government to extend the Palmers Road overpass beyond the Princes Freeway and across said this is a great result for our growing suburbs. The the Werribee rail line. timely completion of these key transport projects is vitally Williams Landing Station works are due to start important as we continues to grow, with the population of by the end of the year. Point Cook and Williams Landing expected to reach 96,000 The Palmers Road overpass will integrate public within 20 years. transport services and road links for families living “The new Palmers Road rail overpass and the Williams and working in this growing area. Landing Station development will provide better and safer Palmers Road will be developed as a continuous connections for rail patrons, motorists, pedestrians and north-south route for more than six kilometres cyclists, with easier access to schools and community from Dunnings Road in Point Cook and through facilities for local people,” Ms Hennessy said. the new Williams Landing Estate to Sayers Road Works on the new overpass are scheduled to start by the at Laverton North. end of the year, with completion expected in 2012-13. JIll Hennessy, Member for the Altona Electorate,

A QUICK NOTE FROM THE EDITOR I have enjoyed reading the articles as they have turned up this month. We are regularly getting more and more local contributions which is a fantastic result. Local content I think is the real gold in this world of page after page of house listings, or articles sourced from mainstream feeds. We are after a local enthusiastic Journalist to become our volunteer local reporter - students, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some experience and get published. Our readership is expanding and although small by comparison we play an important part in promoting local community. You can be a part of that. It has been an interesting week in politics with the local Federal Member becoming Australia’s next Prime Minister. With the announcment of Williams Landing station and the Palmers Road Extension, the next big slice of local infrastructure will be under construction in the not to distant future. I encourage people to get involved in their local community, have your say, Point Cook is growing, connect with this new and exciting community.

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PUBLISHERS COLUMN Action at the Hobsons Bay Community Workshop!

Late in May the tenants of the new Hobsons Bay Community Workshop received the keys from Council to this wonderful redeveloped building in Queens Street Altona and began to move in and develop the interior of the workshop. Being occupied by the Williamstown Performing Arts Group, the Altona City Theatre, together with the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed Network of Sheds in the district, the venture will obviously be of great benefit to the local community. The theatre groups have long desired a place to store props and create sets for their regular performances in some place in the ���������� municipality. The Mens Sheds of the district have been developing over a period of years. The member groups of the Australian Mens Shed Association have already grown to 416 in number throughout Australia in just a few years. The Federal Association have been fortunate in securing a $3Million grant over 4 years to continue the Mens Sheds good work. The Mens Sheds improve the lives of people effected by depression in conjunction with Beyond Blue and the Council of the Ageing.

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Here in Hobsons Bay, the Local Council is assisting development of a major workshop with a very broad agenda. Right now, development is taking place on a major wood working machinery workshop, a community printing shop capable of printing community newspapers as well as producing flyers and newsletters for community groups, a computer training area including a computer kiosk for local access, together with a training classroom which has been well equipped, to upgrade the skills of local persons seeking employment. Obviously worth a visit. The Community workshop is currently open for visitors and those who wish to join in the activities, Monday through to Friday, from 10am to 3pm, except on Tuesday at the moment. If the gate is open we are open

The workshop is now open for people who wish to get involved in the local Men’s Shed activities.

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“The inspiration for opening Cyclo De Saigon was to offer the burgeoning Point Cook area an even better reason to visit this mini Lygon Street inspired restaurant strip. We have spared no expense on our intimate, casual, fine dining experience with restaurant décor imported direct from Saigon. Cyclo De Saigon is as authentic in ambience as it is in taste with a menu abounding in fresh produce and subtle Vietnamese flavours,” said Restaurant Owner Mr Ken Tun. Bookings: 9395 9048

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Vivere’s traditional Italian home-style cuisine encapsulates la dolce vita, or ‘the sweet life’. Tantalising dishes including homemade gnocchi, fettuccini, pizza and bruschetta are all freshly made in-house each day. From delicate risotto and veal, to juicy steaks, chicken and seafood, Vivere’s menu is abundant with time-honoured Italian family meals guaranteed to leave customers fully satisfied. Gluten free meals are also available. Open for breakfast Saturday & Sunday from 8am, lunch Monday to Friday from 11.30am.

Cocochine Asian Restaurant delivers a menu bursting with a unique blend of flavours from across Asia. The Cocochine lunch menu includes the likes of Chinese Yum Cha and Japanese bento-box meals. And the dinner menu serves an abundant choice of banquet options for special occasions plus a full range of a la carte meals for a more intimate dining experience. Spoil your taste buds and enjoy inner city dining at this classy suburban venue! Bookings: 9394 8628

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flavour ������������� ������� Those with a taste for the exotic and an appreciation of traditional Indian cuisine served in the surrounds of a contemporarystyled eatery will feel right at home at Priya Indian Restaurant. At Priya Indian Restaurant, each dish is a revelation, with its own distinctive spice nuances.xx From perennial favourites such as Butter Chicken, Lamb Korma and Rogan Josh, to something more adventurous from the everchanging specials list, this is a restaurant that serves seriously good flavours! Bookings: 9395 6644

All of our restaurants are open daily for lunch & dinner. Located on Murnong Street with direct access from Boardwalk Boulevard. Function bookings available. Parking available on-street; lunchtime in the undercover car park beneath Harris Scarfe; and dinner in the undercover car park beneath Coles.

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Message from Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP - Member for Lalor.


It is with the great humility, resolve and enthusiasm that I was recently sworn in as Prime Minister.

Who’s Hits Are These – The Album Titles are a hint???

This is a country that I love. It is a national community with which I feel a strong sense of belonging and I am deeply honoured to lead and represent the Australian Government. I am also deeply honoured to continue to represent the people of Lalor.

Question One: From The Album – “Rolled Gold” – Come On /I Wanna Be Your Man / Fade Away.

I asked my colleagues to make a leadership change because I believed that a good Government was losing its way. It was a Government that had made significant reforms and stimulated the economy during the uncertainty of the global recession. But we needed to do more and we needed a change. I believe fundamentally that the basic education and health services that Australians rely on and their decent treatment at work is at risk at the next election. I take on the role of Prime Minister because I believe we must work harder at protecting those essential services that are at risk under an Abbott Government. I have often said that there is seamlessness between my role as a Minister and my role as Member for Lalor. That will continue to be the case. The issues that affect residents in our local area are the very same issues we

Question Two: From The Album – “Old Golden Throat” – Folsom Prison Blues / I Walk The Line / Next In Line. Question Three: From The Album – “Tapestry” – I Feel The Earth Move / So Far Away / It’s Too Late. Answers paper.



need to tackle as a country. I will work hard to ensure that our local schools can have an education that embraces excellence in equal measure with equality. I will continue my work to support local communities – just like ours – as they continue to make such significant contributions and achieve such great things. Inevitably there will be some challenges but I guarantee that as both Prime Minister and as your local member, on every day, I will be working my absolute hardest for you.

Car Torque

If you’re a car restoration fan or an admirer of classic cars you’ll be interested in ‘Car Torque’. Graham Weightman, Group Leader of the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed ‘Classic Car Restoration Group’ is planning a function he calls ‘Car Torque’. ‘Car Torque’ is a meet where car enthusiasts can gather for a chat about their cars, swap stories, and further developments such as a local ‘Car Show’ planned for next year. The meet is planned for a Sunday morning before August at a date to be fixed. Present plans are for the ‘Car Torque’ to be held at the new Hobsons Bay Community Workshop at 280 Queen St, opposite Kooringal Golf Course. The opportunity will be available to inspect development at the workshop. Tea and coffee will be provided by the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed Network Car Restoration Group. Don’t let rain deter you – there is lots of space under cover (for you not your car!) You can phone Graham on 9398 1166 and enjoy a chat. If you would like to speak with him he is day manager of the workshop on Wednesday and Thursday.

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making sure to include your contact details in the articles. • You could go to various forums like Yahoo answers or Warrior Forum and respond to questions. • If you know of another local business that has an email newsletter why not share the costs and place an adv in that newsletter. All of these methods are available to you right now and will cost nothing or very little to implement. If you have any questions about marketing on the Internet just drop me a email .....

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World Cup Soccer Fever at Werribee Plaza • During the 2nd week of school holidays, meet ex Socceroo, Olyroo, Professional International Soccer Player and local Soccer Pro-Academy Joe Spiteri at Werribee Plaza.

• Joe Spiteri and friends will be holding workshops and soccer shoot-outs as part of the festivities happening at Werribee Plaza to celebrate the World Cup. Joe will hold a penalty shoot out competition from Monday July 5 through till Friday July 9 in the specially set-up soccer net in Centre Court. There will be prizes for children Under 6, Under 10 and Under 14, so get the kids down to test their skills. • Joe will also have lots of information about the Soccer Pro Academy based in Werribee and you can learn from the best, about ways to keep your children healthy & playing soccer all year round. • As part of the soccer shoot out there will be prizes and show bags to be won during the week. There is no need to book, but come down to Werribee Plaza during one of the three session start times at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.The sessions will run for approximately 50 minutes each day. • Werribee Plaza is also giving customers the opportunity to WIN a 2010 Qantas Socceroos team signed jersey. The beautifully framed limited edition is currently valued at $2,495 and is accompanied by a

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Certificate of Authenticity. To win this awesome prize which is only one of 250 units worldwide, customers simply have to spend $20 at any store during the World Cup. Customers just need to present their receipt totaling $20 or more to the customer service desk to receive their validated entry form and place it into the barrel. There is a limit of one entry per person per day, but customers can enter each day up until the draw on Sunday July 11 to increase their chances of winning. • Werribee Plaza have also decorated the malls with the flags of the countries playing in the World Cup and have also placed four Foos Ball Tables outside Big W for customers to conduct their own Soccer challenge with a friend and have some fun in between shopping at the Plaza. • Rebel Sport at Werribee Plaza have also caught World Cup fever and have decorated the centre’s store mannequins in the many participating countries team colors, and all jerseys are available in store while stocks last. For further information please contact Anna Gillett, Marketing Manager, Werribee Plaza on 9749 5111 or Joe Spiteri, Soccer Pro Academy on 0422 087 191.




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Payment Summaries - AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES Now is a timely reminder that Payment Summaries (Group Certificates in the old world) have to be provided to employees by 14 July for earnings paid in the prior year financial year. So if your reading this, and you haven’t done so, get cracking as you’re already late. Following are a couple of the more common mistakes made when payment summaries are prepared. • Do not include amounts you paid as employment termination payments at Total tax withheld and Gross payments. Instead, there is a special form to use for these type of payouts, the PAYG payment summary – employment termination payment. • Do not include salary sacrificed amounts at Gross payments (or anywhere on the payment summary, they are salary sacrificed after all) •

Do not include cents at Reportable Fringe Benefits amount.

Do not include amounts reported at Allowances in Gross payments.

Tax preparation tip: If you are on the accrual basis of accounting, you should be reporting the wages due and payable as at the end of the finacial year (less any adjustments for the prior year). This can be quite different to what goes on your payment summaries (group certificates) as you are reporting what was actually PAID.

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West Side Stories - Brain Teasers

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Brain Teaser One (there is more around the paper):

Just for fun, how many different ways is the word “shot” used in our modern-day language? I found at least twenty can you find more? Answer Brain Teaser One: I shot a bird in a tree. (killed) A long shot in betting. (odds) A shot in the arm. (Vaccination) A shot in the dark. (guessing) A shot of liquor. (portion) I’m all shot today. (tired) Shot the day. (wasted) Shot a picture. (took) Took a shot at farming. (chance) Shot a gun. (fired) Shot an arrow. (expelled from a bow) Shot a game of pool. (played) Basketball shot. (throw) Business is shot. (ruined) You look shot. (bad) Shot pellets in a gun/cartridge. (metal particles) I took a shot at it. (try) He’s a big shot at work. (top man) The bird shot out of the tree. (flew)

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The Carousel in Mrs Smith’s music room at Jamieson Way school, Carranballac College was used by Prep/ Year 1 students to rehearse the Devil sticks, juggling, plate twirling and Diablo. The parents were delighted to see these skills and much more at a performance on Thursday 17th June titled A Circus Extravaganza!


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Marcel Mahfoud has been selected as the new Chaffey Ward Councillor following a recent VEC count back. The vacancy for the Chaffey ward was created following the resignation by Mark Rose (Liberal candidate in the Altona By-election in February) citing family reasons from Wyndham City Council in May. All eligible Chaffey Ward candidates from the November 2008 election were included in the count back.

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The Take-a-Break program is set to continue ���������� after the State Government came to the rescue by announcing additional funding. Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona, said the Takea-Break program allows parents and guardians to participate in activities including study, recreational classes, attending appointments, shopping and voluntary community activities while their children socialise and interact with other children in an early learning environment.


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“Any parent knows that when you have young children sometimes it can be difficult to do simple things like attend a doctor appointment, or do banking or shopping - Take-a-Break provides short term occasional care that makes these tasks much simpler,” Ms Hennessy said. “The Brumby Labor Government will increase funding by $1 million to $1.9 million in 201011. “This additional funding will mean the more than 220 children’s centres offering the Takea-Break child care program will continue being funded. “The local beneficiaries of this funding are Laverton Community Children’s Centre, and Altona Meadows Community Centre Occasional Care,” she said. “This funding is another example of how the Brumby Labor Government is committed to helping families and to working with education and community-based organisations to help provide the children’s services that families need,” Ms Hennessy said.

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Martial Art Govt Accreditation and Qualifications - by Soke Dave Franklin 10th Dan Jujitsu.

There are many styles of martial arts practiced in Australia with many different belt systems and qualifications of instructors. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has set up an accreditation process that vets martial schools for qualifications, teaching standards, documentation and welfare of members. This is a rigorous process and ensures that the accredited school is properly qualified unfortunately many individuals are falsely claiming black belt ranks and ‘founding’ their own styles which can be misleading ��������� and unrecognised by peers and governing bodies. ASC has empowered a number of lead organisations to administer the accreditation process on their behalf - i.e. for Jujitsu and related arts Australian Jujitsu Federation (AJF) and as a member school my Govt accreditation means that I am recognised by the Australian Govt and international bodies including Japan. So before considering membership in any martial art club insist on seeing proper Govt accreditation. Soke Dave has a lineage tracing back 1200 yrs to Japan. Dave runs classes in Pt Cook and Hoppers Crossing in Jujitsu and Karate - ph 9395-4088. View our website on for more details. Next issue Soke Dave will explain martial art titles.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR $50,000 MEN’S SHED GRANTS Community groups in Point Cook are encouraged to submit an application for funding to build or modify a local Men’s Shed as part of the fourth round of grants. The Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy MP, said the funding will expand on the hugely successful network of Men’s Sheds across the state. “The Brumby Government welcomes applications for the fourth round of grant funding to help communities meet the cost of building a new shed or redeveloping an existing shed,” Ms Hennessy said. “Grants of up to $50,000 each have helped 76 communities meet the cost of establishing a dedicated Men’s Shed throughout the state, and I look forward to expanding this successful network to ensure they are available to men in communities that need them most. “As well as giving older men somewhere to get together and work on worthwhile projects, men’s sheds can link them to information and services

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The Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed Network just entered this great building thanks to Hobsons Bay City Council and the above State Grant.


Alarmingly of the over 210,000 Australians suffering from Glaucoma around a half are undiagnosed, warns local optometrist Jason Chen. The Principle Optometrist at Jason says Glaucoma is an eye disease which is caused by a build-up of fluid pressure in the eye. This increased pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss and blindness. “As Glaucoma progressives slowly, many sufferers may not be aware of the condition until unrepairable vision loss has occured,” Jason says. Regular eye examinations are essential to detect Glaucoma in its early stages so treatment can begin. Although everyone is at risk of developing ��������� Glaucoma, a family history, diabetes and age can increase the risk, he adds Point Cook Eyecare is at Point Cook Town Centre (Coles Section). For more information phone 9395 8600.

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Duong Growden has spent many years assisting small to medium businesses and families in public accounting offices. She holds a Bachelor of Bus (Accounting), a Bachelor of Science (Computing) and is registered as a tax agent. She recently set up business as a local tax agent and looks forward to serving the community in and around Laverton and Point Cook


Hobsons Bay City Council has won a Fair and Flexible Employer Recognition award offered by the Victorian Government for providing best practice, fair and flexible working conditions.

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The Hop Goodenia is a small to medium sized open shrub with light green ovate, toothed leaves. It is widespread in a number of different habitats, near the coast as well as inland, and occurs in all states except Western Australia and the Northern Territory. This fast growing species is not fussy about aspect and will grow in shady moist and shady dry spots, and in sandy, heavy Helene Wild and clay soils, although it does best in moist situations. It is Habitat Trust especially suited for planting under established trees.




Many bright yellow, open flowers are produced from the leaf bases, mainly during spring and summer (August to September). The plants in the Basaltica garden, however, carried at least a few flowers during their entire first year after planting. This is a useful species for cut flowers.

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Article Submission by Shane Tindal On the birth of Shane’s Seminars

It was while I was completing my Honours in Literature that I came up with the idea of conducting weekend seminars, in my chosen fields, at our Daylesford cottage. My husband would comment ‘what am I and Padme, (our beautiful Labrador) to do when you have people in the house?’ I told him, ‘Padme will be fine, and you can go and play golf at Hepburn Springs.’ That usually ended the discussion. Shortly after I had moved to Point Cook in March 2009, I started attending the Sanctuary Lakes Business Network Inc. One of the members suggested that I might approach Community Centres to hire their facilities, if I wanted to have my seminars in a more public setting. I began to think that this was a distinct possibility, particularly in Daylesford where the rates for the local neighbourhood centre were extremely reasonable. So began my seminar business. In October I had seminars in Daylesford on Multicultural Philosophy and Literature and Renaissance Art. I also had seminars at Point Cook Community Learning Centre in November on African Literature and Creative Writing. They were reasonably well attended. I made the difficult decision in January this year, to concentrate my efforts on the Point Cook and Wyndham areas. The seminar business is not an easy one and predicting consumer tastes can be a complex matter. I have been interested in African Literature since 1998. I do not think people realize how fascinating it is compared to other literature, such as Australian, American, Irish and English. The more traditional literature seems quite dull in comparison, and I thought that the reading I did for Irish literature, which I chose to do, because of my Irish lineage, was over represented by drunks and wife beaters. Studying African Literature helps you to understand some of the problems experienced in Africa today. In August I will present a series of seminars called Monsters, Madmen and Vampires at the Point Cook Community Learning Centre. I will examine the original novels of Frankenstein, and Dracula and compare them to the current crop of vampire writers such as Stephanie Meyer. It seems a shift away from my dream of having seminars at our Daylesford cottage, but that is the nature of a modern business.

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My name is Jennifer. I am the initiator of Positive Rules! for Positive Kids. I hold a Diploma in Acting and a Working with Children Certificate. I am a mum and a carer. I have previously held positive thinking workshops at local community centres. Currently a local school has been running Positive Rules since 2009. I am now working on Preps, Grades 1 and 2, and also answering calls from local kindergartens and care centres.

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Since my child’s attendance at school (2007), and my work in criminal and civil law, I have seen a real need for positive thinking and a boost in self esteem in children of all ages, so welcome to the development of my new workshops for kids from age 4-12, teens, and adults. They are fun and enlightening, can be held in the classroom, my home, yours, or, if the weather is right, even outside. If you have children attending the workshop, then I would expect you as the parent or teacher to participate too! The workshops consist of drawing, craftwork, light discussion, and some appropriately aged visualisations (a cloud filled trip to unicorn land for the younger girls, or perhaps a ride on an elephant for the boys), a “wishing stone” and other tokens to take home. Groups of children are given either a one-off 2 hr workshop at a very minimal price - remember, although Positive Rules cannot be classified a Not for Profit organisation because it is owned by a single entity, it IS literally NFP in that each child takes so much home with them, not only what they have learned, but art work, craft work, a “wishing” stone, and/or a “magic” stone, and an affirmation card that instils a sense of optimism and pride in the child, and is a specific message only for the individual (examples can be sent with our info pack) or a three hour workshop (learning peace and positive attitude, goal climbing and recapping both) for less than the price of a packet of cigarettes or a movie ticket. The change in the children is dramatic, uplifting, and incredibly positive - and well worth a workshop being interposed into a school morning. The workshops are very very simple and do not require a lot of hard work or physics degree. They are not university-minded workshops. They are simple, much as life should be, easy, much as life

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The Point Cook Lions Club will welcome local people to join and partake in community life in our lovely area. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive logo, the trademark of the Association. Clubs as a rule may either provide service or raise money for their local communities. Most of the money raised goes back into the community, either directly or indirectly through National or International Projects.

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Point Cook Lions Club is looking for members. The club formed during October last year.

Between 10 and 3. The numbers are written in alphabetical order.

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Fellowship, good times, meeting people, lasting friendships, service to the community, new skills, leadership and personal development, these are just some of the benefits of being a member of the Lions Club, the world’s largest and most active service club organisation. Contact Mr Gibson for further information on: (03) 9395 7180

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Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Addictions, Relationship Problems, Loss and Grief.

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* Long opening hours which include evening and Saturday appointments to t in with people’s busy lives. * Prompt appointments available and rebates from Medicare and Health Insurance funds available on the spot. * Psychologists that are fully registered and experienced. * Some of the issues we assist are: Addic�ons; Adolescents; Anger; Anxiety; Asser�veness; Couples; Depression; Family Issues; Group Therapy; Loss and Grief; Personal Development; Phobias; Rela�onships; Self-esteem/Condence; Stress; Transi�on Issues; and Weight Issues.

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ALTONA MEADOWS/ LAVERTON UNITING CHURCH 61 Central Avenue, Altona Meadows We invite you to join us any Sunday at 10am for worship. Many of our families live in Point Cook and you will be made very welcome. We cater for all ages, seated in a circle.There are 3 Sunday School groups- FROGS, KUCA and COGs suitable for ages 2 upwards,plus Bible studies and discussion groups during the week. We run a low-cost playgroup on Wednesdays from 10-11.30. Contact: Rev. Bill Lidgett on 8368 2785 Our Fijian congregation worships in their own language at 1pm most Sundays. The multi-purpose building is available for regular hire. It is carpeted,woth kitchen facilities and a fenced playground.



Vietnamese cuisine is a style of cooking derived from the nation of Vietnam with fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables all commonly used. Vietnamese recipes utilize a very diverse range of herbs, including lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for freshness of the ingredients and for the healthy eating style. The most common meats used in Vietnamese cuisine are pork, chicken, fish and various kinds of seafood. The Vietnamese also have a strong vegetarian tradition influenced by Buddhist values.

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Poor Technique Leads to Limitations...

As a tennis coach who has been around the world and worked with some of the best players and coaches in the world, it always disappoints me to see just how much we really don’t understand about technique development in this country and how crucial it is to our players if they are to see the highest echelons of this great game. Poor technique leads to the following: 1.

Inefficient stroke production

It should feel easy to hit a tennis ball! Those who expend huge amounts of energy to hit a ball hard, simply aren’t hitting it right. There is a complete lack of understanding in this country amongst coaches about the relationship between grip, contact shape (leverage) and swingline. If I have a certain grip, my arm will have a certain contact shape and I will require the correct swingline to match. If I have these, I will have a mechanically strong shot, so I won’t need to be muscular to hit it! Look at Roger Federer... 2.


It is a logical progression that if I have poor technique, then I need to compensate by using more muscles to hit the ball. This places more stress on certain muscles and these will break down over time and injuries will occur. Again there appears to be a complete lack of understanding of fundamental principles of movement amongst coaches in this country especially in relation to the serve. The number of players I have seen with poor technique that have sustained injuries because of it is astounding and completely unnecessary. Coaches, there is a better way!!! 3.

Tactical limitations

In order to hit a certain shot, I need to have good technique to be able to execute it. If I don’t have good technique, I can’t. A good example of this is having a Semi Western forehand grip and an inside swingline which don’t match (notorious in this country!). A player who has this, will slide across the ball most times instead of going around it and will always struggle to hit cross court effectively or with spin. This limits their shot selection and leads to situations where, if I can force this player to attempt this shot, I will possibly force an error out of them or at the very least get a golden opportunity for myself to end the point. It is painful for me as a coach to watch kids play matches and get upset with themselves when they miss that shot. They simply don’t understand that they CAN’T hit it. It is a floor in their technique. Coaches need to have good understanding of movement and be able to progressively build this into their coaching sessions. Basic fundamental principles can be built into coaching sessions and taught to kids from a fairly young age. It is important to get it right as soon as possible. Having to correct a technical deficiency is always tougher than building it the right way from the start. The older players get, the harder this becomes... Michael Tucci is the Director of Match Point Tennis Academy which currently operates at Jamieson Way in Point Cook. He has worked with and consulted on numerous nationally ranked players’ programs and has been a hitting partner for numerous professionals including Maria Sharapova and Tommy Haas. Michael can be contacted for discussion on 0404 017 291 or by email

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Community newspaper Issue 9, October 2010