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Issue 93, October ber 2017

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It may not be possible to ease the pain of the greatest loss of all, that of a baby, but one family who experienced this loss is doing something, in an effort to reduce the suffering. Victoria, with the help of her friends Fran, Anna, Lidia, Vicki and Ebony, is raising funds to buy a Cuddle Cot, through the Emerikus Foundation. The cots are like normal bassinets, with a small unit placed within them, that cools the baby “born sleeping.” This runs 24/7 for several days, giving families the time they need to grieve.

Real flowers decorated every table, adding to the elegance. The Paper Blooms, donated by Designer Petal, and the real flowers were from Petite Blooms.

Victoria welcomed the full house with a short speech, saying, “I am absolutely astounded by the turnout and help from across the community”. Girls from Point Cook Dancing Academy bravely performed two dances, followed by a set from musician Sandee (from Sandee Facy Music) who entertained all, with her beautiful music. The afternoon was documented by Stephen Brennan Photography - considering the To raise money, Victoria held a Ladies Afternoon beauty of Ebony’s styling work there would have Tea, with a silent auction. The generosity of local been some great photos. These professionals all businesses and the Seabrook Community Centre, donated their time and services. enabled Victoria’s friend Ebony, from Ebony & Ivory EP, to do the styling, which was both gentle This event did more than raise money. It showed and impactful. how important friends and community are to each other, how generous people truly are, and how very A cake with a baby angel resting on a red heart sat supportive a community can be during the absolute on a white dresser, behind which were five ten-feet worst of times. high white paper flowers. The effect was stunning. continued page 3 Please redistribute rather than discard this paper - give it to your friends, family or neighbours!


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Hello Glorious Readers, Every month, I get to meet the most interesting people and hear the most wonderful stories about this awesome community, that we are all a part of. If the doom and gloom of the daily news is getting you down, I urge you to look a little closer to home, because the world really is a beautiful place. In honour of your awesomeness, I urged my team of writers to shine a light on anyone they deemed worthy of a little attention. They did not disappoint! From those pushing through unimaginable loss to make a difference, to little champions kicking butt! There are stories of Ace Women and the clubs they represent, a local author who literally does it all, and a world record holding magician! My personal favourite this month, is a story about a group of children, who collectively wrote me 20+ letters, asking for help with their efforts to beautify their school. Grade 2V, from Altona

Meadows Primary School, are on a mission to improve their community and environment, by endeavouring to landscape the garden bed outside of their classroom. The letters were absolutely the best and I was thrilled to listen, as each student personally read their letter to me. They need all the help they can get and so, I am putting out the call…. If you are willing to contribute to this project, contact Altona Primary School on 9369 1288. I am going to be taking a bag of daffodil bulbs down to AMPS, because daffodils are my favourite!! Thanks to Kane Brooks, for letting me tag along, as you covered this lovely story. I hope you enjoy this month’s paper! See You Around…. Melissa Longo For more from the editor, check out her blog @ www. richwithlove.net


• Classes for adults - Fridays 11.30 am – 12.15 pm – 27/10/17 – 17/11/17

Point Cook Market – Sunday 3rd December 2017

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6 Peas, Fabulous Cakes, Safety Seats, 1 Gift world, Zuzupetals Creations, Cake Creations by Kate, Abigail Tamsi, Iris Dental, Baking Bliss, Queen C’s and Jujo Baby are all local businesses who donated to this worthwhile cause. Victoria closed the event with an emotional and brave speech. Through tears she said, “I truly cannot thank you enough for all the support. Words fail me. I am blown away both now and since I lost Dexter. I have been humbled by the support for me and my family. There are a lot of people I want to thank, and I couldn't have done today without Ebony. We have enough to buy a cot, it is a difficult and traumatic experience for parents, this allows the parents to grieve and to get their head around it. It gave us time to do that, to see Dexter, to get to know him. I want to give a shout out to the Currie family, when in their time of need four years ago, they raised the money for the cot that helped us have longer with our boy.” Jenny Bates *Donations can be made at www.mycause.com. au/page/151576

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STELLA KINSELLA TELLER OF STORIES… knows that the best way to be heard, is to speak up. Self-promotion is just another part of the story-telling process and story-telling is what I was lucky enough to sit down with local writer, Stella Kinsella does comedian and all-round superstar, Stella Kinsella best! the other day, and her story left me absolutely “It’s all about telling inspired and ready to take on the world. stories – I don’t think Coming off the back of successfully launching I could away with . . . her book, Poison Ivy, at the Willy Lit Fest, Stella putting story-teller on my business card, but that’s kind of what I do.” Another facet to Stella’s story-telling, is her work as a stand-up comedian, “I took a MC MS STELLA plunge – it’s not a thing that most middle-aged women do…” As a writer, I love nothing more than to read. It is the way in which I expand my skillset. I am often blown away by the quality of others’ work, but what absolutely floors me, are the stories of the writers themselves.








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In 2015, she convinced her friend, Mandy Nolan, to join her at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She has been running the Newport Comedy Room ever since and is about to launch one in Werribee. The concept of being a stand-up comedian is a frightening one, but that fear was part of what pushed Stella to take it on, “I was basically too scared to do stand-up comedy . . . it is [terrifying] - you die on a semiregular basis.” Pushing through fear and facing challenges head on, as well as saying ‘yes’ when opportunities have presented themselves, has seen Stella achieve much success, “I think some of the best things that have ever happened to me, have been when I’ve said ‘yes’ without knowing what I was doing.” If laughter is the best medicine, then Stella took her full dose and decided to apply that same go-get-em attitude to her writing career. With several unpublished manuscripts ‘lurking’ in

her bottom drawer, she began the process of approaching publishing houses. The process was wearing, but informative and despite a few near misses, she decided to back herself – if the fates would allow it…

Stella took all that information and transformed it into a ‘You Bewt! Crime-Thriller, Whodunnit!’ Her second book, Wild Orphans, is an adventure story, that sees orphaned children, looking after orphaned wildlife. The book is for sale at the Royal Melbourne Zoo gift shop, which helps go a long way towards adding to Stella’s growing “I decided to go on a TV Game Show . . . I got army of admirers. myself on The Chase Australia . . . my knowledge Melissa Longo is broad – it’s not expert, but it’s broad . . . I went If you are interested in catching Stella in action, for the big money and I won!” she is bringing her comedy night to Werribee on Stella used her winnings to self-publish two October 28th, down at the Werribee Bowls Club. books – the aforementioned, Poison Ivy and Featuring Richard Stubbs and Matt Ellsbury her children’s book, Wild Orphans. Her many - we have two passes to give away to one lucky experiences gave her the tools and confidence reader. Just tell me in 25 words or less, your she needed, to know which steps she should take. funniest story – I want you to embrace your inner Self-promotion may not be a process she enjoys, story-teller and make me laugh! Send your entry but she is certainly deserving of the attention. to me @ editorpointcook@gmail.com - you have Poison Ivy is set in Williamstown and is the until October 20th. The winner will be notified by result of many years of Stella immersing herself October 21st and the entry will be published in in the history and stories of Williamstown’s our November issue, so keep it clean! many locals: For more information regarding Stella Kinsella, “I traversed Williamstown and was really taken in with the amount of history that is still very check out her website http://www.stellakinsella. present . . . I fell in love with the place and read com and look out next month for my review on up on the history and talked to lots of people her book, about memories that they had, that were not in Poison Ivy. the history books.”



Tennis Anyone? It’s for Everyone! There are a number of sporting clubs in Hobsons Bay, with a history spanning a century. Laverton Park Tennis Club is one such club. This excerpt is from the Werribee Shire Banner, in 1912, “…all the mirth and gaiety of Greater Laverton were concentrated in the same direction - at the official opening of the local Tennis Club” and, “This was, albeit, the day of days, and all Laverton quivered with the rapture of suspense.” 105 years later, the club has appointed its first female


president, Christine Linczowski, an Altona Meadows local, who returned to the world of tennis, after a long retirement from the sport. Christine joined the committee last year and was given the responsibility of managing the club’s facilities - this year she was elected unopposed as President. Christine’s three year maintenance plan was completed in one year - a new coat of paint, new furniture, and improvements to the gardens - all of which have given the club a welcoming cottage appeal. Hobsons Bay council staff, and Christine,



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worked closely together, a partnership undoubtedly made better, due to Christine’s extensive experience in governance, facility and estate management, as well as relationship management. It is not only the impressive improvements, or Christine’s efforts to increase female participation it is also the clubs commitment to the community. Laverton Park runs an ANZ HotShots program, that is very different to other clubs, who run a competition based version. Laverton Parks Community ANZ HotShots is a six-week program. Each child receives a free racket and to finish off, the coach takes them to Hungry Jacks for a meal. The racket, the coaching, and the meal is provided by the coach - balls and nets are covered by the $40 fee, which is reduced to $20 when a grant is obtained. It began two years ago with 8 kids. There are now almost one hundred. This impressive increase was due to word of mouth - no marketing or advertising. Teaching kids how to play tennis for such a minimal cost would not be possible without volunteers. One volunteer, Sue, spends many hours a week organising registration, applying for grants, etc. Her husband Phil, the social secretary, volunteers his time organising the ‘social hit’ night, once a week. Another community program involved the Western Bulldogs. Courts were donated and coaches volunteered, to help new immigrants who have never previously played any sport. The club has a long association with head coach Brendan O’Brien, whose coaching panel teaches about 50 juniors a week and

offers private or group lessons for adults. Four hard courts and two grass courts are used by schools, for no fee - without volunteers this would not be possible. Sue notes, “Our mod grass courts are the best in the western region, due to the efforts of Eddie (recently inducted as a life member) and Tony, who care for it, and have done since they came in seven years ago.” The positive changes at the club may also be due to the fact half the committee members are female, this is not reflected in player numbers though, Christine said, “We need to involve more women, we have lots of juniors and male seniors, plus we want to bring people back to tennis.” To achieve this, a mid-week social hit for females, and introducing a senior concession to encourage both women and older folk to either take up tennis or come back to it. Laverton Park Tennis club epitomises everything a good club should be. Community focused and welcoming, it has a diverse membership, including those with disabilities, and due to the tireless work of volunteers and the innovative ideas and skills of their new president, the club is positively impacting on its local community. If you are interested in becoming part of this historic, generous tennis club visit https://www.lptc.org.au Jenny Bates



THE LOCAL SPOTLIGHT‌.NOW YOU SEE HIM - NOW YOU DON'T! Believe it or not, there is a world-renowned magician living amongst us and his name is Ben Murphy. Ben's fascination with magic started early on in his life. He has gone from entertaining his family, friends and neighbours in his home as a child, to performing his shows all around the world - including China, Europe and over three hundred shows in Las Vegas. He has performed to royalty, celebrities and highflying businesses at award nights, on cruises and some of the biggest venues in the world. Every magician has their own style and Ben is no

exception. He loves blending his magic with comedy, aiming to share with his audience a more interactive show. He always looks like he's having fun on stage and likes his audience to be laughing and enjoying the show as much as he does. Not many of us can claim to be world record holders, but Ben, with his 'Houdini Chinese Water Torture Water Cell,' has performed it so many times, he has taken the title from Houdini himself! Changing his act and introducing new tricks requires many hours of work, but the dedication and enthusiasm Ben puts into his show guarantees he's sought after and flown around the country weekly to perform. So, with Ben Murphy living in our wonderful suburb, we can now add world record breaking, charming, funny and talented magician to our list of talented creatives we can proud of. To find out more about Ben, head to benmurphy. com.au. In October, you can see him performing a show every Wednesday and Thursday at Witches in Britches. Samantha and Gordon Napier's show Book, Stage and Screen is on every Monday night 5-7 on 88.9 WynFm


A LITTLE LOVE TO KICKSTART A LOCAL Just over twelve months ago, the front page of Around Point Cook featured a young local singer/songwriter. She was preparing to travel to Los Angeles, to work with two of the industries most decorated record producers, with the likes of Aerosmith and Will Smith on their books. Independent Singer/Songwriter, Ashleigh Watson, has been there and done that, and is now back in her home town. Since her return, Ashleigh has released her debut single, which is available on iTunes - ‘Little Love’ - it’s a blend of 50s/60s blues and soul, with Ashleigh’s individual style. There is also a YouTube clip, filmed around the Lara area. It is well worth checking out. Ashleigh has had one of her songs, ‘Lolita’, picked up by a UK company, United Entertainment and Media Limited. This company is one of the go-to places, for people in the movie and TV business, when looking for the right song to use in their work. This is wonderful news for Ashleigh - you could be watching an international blockbuster movie one day and hear a song written by one of Point Cook’s very own. Ashleigh is now working toward the release of an EP, however nothing in this life is free, and while she is definitely making inroads into her chosen career, she is not quite at the stage, where she can give up her


day job. Ashleigh has launched a campaign to fund her next EP. Ashleigh only has a limited time to raise the funds needed and the Point Cook community is known for its community spirit! Help this young local girls achieve her dreams by donating at: https://www. kickstarter.com/projects/1507175764/new-epby-retro-soul-singer-ashleigh-watson Jenny Bates

WINNING LOTTO There is something witlessly vulgar about super lottery draws; $100 million, and if that is not won, it becomes $150 million the next time. In America, some weeks back, it was $700 million. It is a scheme that delves into the deepest recesses of human greed, of unimaginable wealth, the ultimate ‘what if.’ For the dreamer who pays his money, the mathematics is irrelevant, if only because the odds are beyond the human brain to comprehend. But the spruikers of these schemes don’t worry about the mathematics: “If you’re not in, you can’t win … someone must win!” Forget the chaos that would take over someone’s life if she won this kind of money – there is research telling us that the person or family in question suffers for their good fortune. Ask instead about the values that encourage people to imagine such wealth and to dream of a life they think they would have, for such a small initial outlay. We criticise religions for their stories about a harpmusic paradise, or a 72-virgin paradise, but we allow advertisers to sell us a sordid, earthly version of the same thing. Then of course, there is the belief that the lottery cannot be cheated, that it is always fair and above board - they even televise the drawing of the numbers. A bright sixteen-year old could tell you half a dozen

ways, in which the process could be interfered with. There are court cases going ahead in the US right now, in which people working on the lottery have been accused of interfering with the draw, or with the algorithm that selects the numbers. In a European country some years back, there was an outcry, when the numbers called, were different from those on the screen, something that was variously excused as either a “technical fault,” or a “coincidence.” The mention of coincidence reminds us, that a small number of people have won the lottery more than once – seven times in one example. They were mostly lesser amounts, but accumulating into millions in aggregate. It happens that some of these lucky people are university mathematicians. Shouldn’t the ordinary punter be told that a knowledge of statistics, can be a help in winning the lottery and that they are in opposition to people who know and understand statistics very well indeed? And here’s one more thing…. People with shonky money will spend $20,000 or more on lottery tickets each draw, happy to get back an average of ten per cent in clean money over a period of time. So, your one lottery ticket is in opposition to criminals who buy more than 2,000 at a time. Frank O’Shea




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Gardening Swap Point Cook 4th Sunday of the month at 10.30am - 11.30am Jamieson Way Community Centre, Jamieson Way Point Cook

LAVERTON COMMUNITY CHOIR The Laverton Community Choir invites you to a end a rehearsal as a guest before you decide if you would like to join. Experienced conductor, different and fun musical arrangements. No experience is necessary just a love of singing. The choir rehearses every Thursday 7pm – 9pm at P-12 College, Bladin Street, Laverton. Contact Ann on 0401 411 297 or Caroline 0449 507 8 873 73 73

Featherbrook Walking Group Make new friends and improve your fitness by joining the Featherbrook Walking Group for a 45 minute stroll every Wednesday at 10am. Meet at Featherbrook Community Centre, 33-35 Windorah Drive Point Cook. It’s free to join in and mums with prams are welcome. For more informa on call the community centre on 8353 4000. For more informa on phone Wyndham City’s Healthy Communi es Team on 9742 0777, visit sit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au or like our Healthy and a Ac ve in Wyndham page on Facebook.

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SALTWATER CRAFT GROUP Share ideas, techniques, knowledge, conversa on and friendship. All skill levels welcome Wednesdays 9am – 12noon Saltwater Community Centre, 153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook Call 8376 5500 for info

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Werribee Church of Christ invites you to take part in Seniors Sing! Come along, relax and enjoy a morning of old- me hymn singing andmake some new friends with entertainment. Tuesday October 17th, 10am -1pm. @ Werribee Church of Christ, 200 Tarneit Road,Werribee 3030. Light lunch included $5. RSVP for catering/queries 9749 2510 or bronhickman@optusnet.com.au ALL WELCOME


Ex Service men/women The VVAA Melb West Sub Branch has moved. We now oper ate from "The Lodge" Altona RSL on Mondays and Tuesdays. For pensions and welfare enquiries call 9398 2865 or leave a message at Werribee/Altona RSL

CWA POINT COOK BRANCH Not just Scones Come and join us on the 3rd Thu rsday of each month at 7pm, at D'Olive, Point Cook Road. Open to all women. Our main aims are friendship, social issues and community service. We have some great gue st speakers and involve ourselves in the loca l and wider communiƟes. We do also make our famed sco nes, jams, cakes, and all sorts of craŌs, tha t we normally sell to fundraise for worthy chariƟ es. Please ring: Chris 0424014757 Karen 0411035217

A contemporary Chris an Church Meets Sundays 9:00 & 11:00 am Point Cook Senior Secondary School Cnr Boardwalk Blvd & Bergamot Drive, Point Cook Youth Group meets Fridays during term 7-9:15pm at the same venue More info call 0425 722 868 www.lightpointchurch.com urch.com

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Point Cook Co mmunity Cent re 153 Saltwater Promenade, Po int Cook. An inter-genera onal and mul cultural comm unity church. Ev eryone is welcome! Worship Servic e every Saturd ay at 3:30 pm. Pastors Nick & Danijela Trajko 83619070 h p: v– //pointcooksda .wix.com/ begin

Jamieson Way Walking Group Free. All ages welcome. Make new friends. Mee ng 9.00 am on Tuesday and Wednesday at Jamieson Way Community Centre, Point Cook and Thursday and Friday at Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club car park, for an hour walk and chat. Friendly and relaxed group. Ring Sian on 0400049395 and Tina on 0408500344. Or contact the Jamieson Way Community Centre Point Cook on 9395 3777

Seniors – Point Cook SEW & SEW Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 7pm – 9pm Work on your own projects, with help p from a qualified dressmaker, learn new w things and meet new people. Contact Jamieson Way Community Centre to book you spot! 9395 3777 admin@jamiesonwaycc.org.au

Are you interested in: • Mee ng People • Cra s ( Thursdays 1-3pm) • Playing Cards or Board Games (Mondays 1-4pm) • Train Trips Join the Point Cook Social Seniors Group at Janieson Way Community Centre, 59 Jamieson Way, Point Cook (Mondays 1-4pm) Contacts: Bev: 9395 1953 or 0417 324 489 Maree: 9395 4120 or 0408 526 897


DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CARE ABOUT YOUR WASTE? Wyndham local, Alicia Polman, also known as Minimal Waste Mum, has waged a war on waste. She reminds us all of how little it takes to make a world of difference. Peer into Alicia’s bin, and you’ll be surprised at how little rubbish it holds - despite having 2 kids. And as many of us know, almost everything kid-related comes in packets. Wipes, bubble bath, nappies, formula, snacks… “People don’t think it’s possible not to have waste when they have kids. But it is. There’s less waste, but it also helps parents save heaps.” Alicia uses cloth nappies, makes her own wipes, bubble bath, and more. You name it, she’s got a nowaste, or minimal waste alternative. Even without kids, this local waste warrior believes we create way too much waste in our lives. From shopping bags, take away containers, coffee cups, tins of food, toiletry bottles, the list is endless. She has a point. Almost 99 percent of everything we buy, becomes waste within six weeks of purchase, according to Environment Victoria.

What’s the big deal about waste?

Twenty million tonnes of garbage ends up in landfill in Australia each year. Clean Up Australia reported that in 2016, it took an estimated 247,456 volunteers, 494,912 hours to clean up 5,959.8 tonnes of rubbish. Rubbish such as cigarette butts and chip wrappers, to soft drink cans and rubbish bags. This gets decomposed using greenhouse gases, including methane, which is 21 times more harmful to our atmosphere than carbon dioxide. This is the environment we’re passing onto our kids. A toxic sludge called leachate is also released. It can kill plants, animals, and contaminate our water supplies, placing our health at risk. An incredible amount of money, energy, time, and natural resources goes into the manufacture and transport of new products. Only to get thrown out six weeks after a product is purchased. That is not sustainable for our planet.

Easy ways we can reduce our waste

Alicia is a great example of how we can make a difference by recycling, composting, reducing waste, and avoiding waste. My mind still swirls in a merrygo-round, thinking about how she lives with such


little waste. “There are many places that will put coffee in a Keep Cup. Delis will use your container. And getting friends together to bulk buy, means you get wholesale prices for nutritious food.” I can’t say cloth nappies are for everyone. I couldn’t do it. Many parents wouldn’t either. Maybe we don’t have the time, desire, or skills to repair our clothes. Or cook nutritious meals from scratch, rather than

grab take-away at 8pm, after the rush hour commute. So what can we do? Start by celebrating what we already do. And explore a few more ideas: 1.Buy oil in bulk and refill a small bottle 2.Put your food scraps in your green bin 3.Use reusable paper bags or cloth bags 4.Make bubble bath with epsom salts, olive oil, and essential oil 5.Marinate meat in a container instead of a bag 6.Carry a drink bottle 7.Give your family’s clothes to another family (or the op shop) Your one small change may turn into habit. And ripple out further than you realise. For more fascinating ideas about how to reduce your waste, visit Alicia’s community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/minimalwastemum/ Cynthia Marinakos Photos: Supplied by Alicia Polman


SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT‌ MY LITTLE CHAMPION - BEN FULTON My twelve-year-old grandson, Ben Fulton from Sanctuary Lakes, is an avid Taekwondo martial arts Black Belt 1st Dan competitor. At age four, he began training at Martial Fitness Australia in Point Cook, with Master Alan and Miss Kelly Malachowski. Continuous training, dedication and commitment has made him the humble champion he is today, earning him a scholarship within this sport. With his skills, techniques and attitude, he was invited to join the elite fight squad. His commitment has given him the opportunity not only to compete throughout all states in Australia, but to travel worldwide. Competitions around Australia made him believe in himself and that he has a special gift to win many fights. At age nine, in 2014 travelling with the Martial Fitness Team, he went to the United States, competing in Florida and won a silver medal for Australia. In 2016, he travelled with the Martial Fitness Team competing in South Korea. He had an amazing training experience with the Korean World Cup Champions and came home with a gold medal. Visiting the headquarters of Taekwondo (Kukkiwon) in South Korea and learning the culture, has shown his love and passion for this sport. In 2017, he competed in New Zealand, returning with a silver medal. This made him realise he had an


opportunity to better himself, to allow him to compete as a cadet in the upcoming Australian Cup, held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. At this event, he achieved the highest recognition, as the Australian Cadet Champion in his weight division, winning the gold medal. This has now given him the opportunity to travel with the Australian Team to the World Cup 2017 and represent Australia. He has made great lifetime mates within the club, which is creating Champions such as his team mates Corey Puopolo and Xavier Nikolovski, who all won Gold at the recent Victorian Nationals Selections. These three amigos always support each other win, lose or draw! I am so proud of this young man who is making a name for himself - not only in our local community, but nationally and internationally. May your light continue to shine Benny! by Cherie de Haas (Photo Caption:) From left to right: Ben Fulton, Xavier Nikolovski, Corey Puopolo

POINT COOK ACTION GROUP The Point Cook Action Group (PCAG) was established in 2006, to be a strong advocate for the residents of Point Cook. The main objective for the PCAG committee is to lobby for much needed infrastructure and services, in order to maintain and improve the standard and quality of living, for residents in Point Cook and neighbouring areas. The PCAG committee believe a strong sense of community is important. Members of the group have the goal of creating strong bonds of social cohesion between residents, local businesses and service providers. Collectively the committee believe, that by working together, we will be a stronger voice, which will result in positive changes for the betterment of the suburb and community. The PCAG have recently elected a new committee, who have identified some key strategic objectives that need to be addressed. These are transportation, community pride, safety, youth and community engagement. An active lobbying campaign to reduce traffic congestion and to improve safety to motorists, has been a major objective of the PCAG committee. Issues identified by the committee include the need for traffic lights at the Sneydes Road/Point Cook Road intersection, subsidence issues along Sneydes Road, congestion along Palmers Road at the Forsyth bridge and a review of bus routes. Initiatives undertaken by the PCAG committee, to address these concerns have included the delivery of a power point presentations to council, briefings provided to local government representatives, as well as writing letters to the State Ministers for Roads and Road Safety, Public Transport and Sport. The PCAG committee has been very supportive of initiatives that improve Community pride. These

initiatives include the highly successful anti-graffiti and beautification project along Palmers Road and the ongoing effort to remove tagging throughout Point Cook, which has resulted in Point Cook being virtually tagging free. The PCAG believe both efforts play a role in protecting local property values. Another exciting project was the proposal to establish a pilot “pop up” park in Murnong Street in Point Cook Town Centre, which has been chosen as one of the 2018 Neighborhood projects. The PCAG committee is also working to advocate for additional sporting and recreational facilities in Point Cook and other growth areas in Wyndham. There is an urgent need to address an identified shortage in “learn to swim” programs and other sport activities in the Point Cook area. A letter has been sent to the Minister of Sport from the PCAG committee, asking the state government to fulfil a proposal, to provide “learn to swim” facilities for all students in Victoria. The PCAG will also be providing support for community groups involved in clean-up days, tree planting, antigraffiti working bees, initiatives for youth, community safety and groups supporting local employment and small business network groups, including BizBuddyHub. The PCAG committee is also providing strong support for a proposal to develop an iconic facility, depicting the culture and history of the Aboriginal and Pacific peoples, which would be located in Point Cook. If you are interested in assisting the PCAG committee on any of our projects or becoming a member contact us on pointcookactiongroup.org.au. Dr Bob Fairclough, President, Point Cook Action Group, M: 0409252872.


YOU ARE ENOUGH AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN! (PART 2) In August, we discovered many of us don’t feel good enough. Even the most successful people in the world feel like imposters. They ‘fake it to make it.’ People like Meryl Streep, Maya Angelou, and Serena Williams! We discovered that our internal stories matter and self-compassion has been found to be a great way to overcome our insecurities and inadequacies. Now you’ll learn a 7-step process for how you can change your life, by changing the way you think.

Negative thoughts are real

In his book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel Amen, a practicing psychotherapist, gives us an insight into clients with a wide spectrum of serious problems, ranging from relationships, career, and social interaction. Each client was found to have overactive limbic system - an area of the brain the size of a walnut, that has many functions, including the way we think. “When the deep limbic system is overactive, it sets the mind’s filter on ‘negative.’ They [people who feel negative] are suffering from automatic negative thoughts or ANTs.” They see the world in a haze of grey, feeling pessimism about the future, and regret about the past. He tells us that if we’re not aware of our thoughts,


we can easily believe them to be true. Even if they’re not.

In practice: How to be nicer to yourself, in 7 steps

Here are the 7 steps he uses in his psychotherapy practice. These steps have helped his clients improve their relationships, get motivated, and feel happier in their lives. Step 1: Acknowledge your thoughts are real (they affect the cells in our bodies) Step 2: Notice how negative thoughts affect your body (what reactions do you have?) Step 3: Notice how positive thoughts affect your body (how do you feel?) Step 4: Notice how your body reacts to every thought you have Step 5: Think of bad thoughts as pollution (they pollute your mind and body) Step 6: Understand that your automatic thoughts don’t always tell the truth (thoughts can lie, but know you don’t have to believe them as truth) Step 7: Talk back to ANTs (choose positive or negative thoughts, train your thoughts to change the way you feel) Your self-worth needs to be fed with nourishing, energy-giving food. It needs you to stop peering

anxiously at the clock. Obsessing about the person next to you. It needs gentle and kind words. Every day. Your self-worth is more than just buying yourself a new collection of shoes, watches, or clothes. It’s more than clinking champagne to celebrate your latest success. Your self-worth is a seedling and you are the sunshine that makes it bloom. You are enough and always have been. So go on - shine! Cynthia Marinakos


Kane’s Kid’s Page Hello readers, For this issue, I recently travelled over to Altona Meadows Primary School to speak to Grade 2V about their Community Garden Project. Firstly, I asked them what community means to them. 2V told me that community is about people helping them, meeting new people and sharing stuff and having ideas and sharing them to others. Secondly, I asked them what the garden is all about and why it is important. They said it was to stop kids running through the garden, to get more oxygen, to make their school better and colourful and to attract more people to their school. I asked them what they would like in the garden. They said they would like flowers, like lilies and daisies, as well as poppies, daffodils and anything that will look good and that is safe. I asked where they could get these plants from. They said they could get it from Bunnings Warehouse, Grevillea Nursery, spare plants from neighbours or family. As a part of their study of Geography, I asked what


this subject is about. They said maps and where people and nature meet, about the world, plants and trees, about the community. Then I asked some of the kids how they felt about the garden - they said they felt impressed, happy and excited about their new garden. Then we headed outside and had a look at what their garden is now and took a photo. At the moment, the garden is a large, dry space, just full of dirt, rubbish and weeds. That's why they need your help to make their garden and school better. They had written some letters to the editor and to our readers, about why they need your help to make it all better. So, if you have any plants or offcuts, which you would like to donate to Altona Meadows Primary School, please contact the school on 9369 1288, about the best time to deliver. Kane Brooks. Thanks for reading, please send any artwork, ideas or work to kanebrooks.writer.mail@gmail.com

A WORD WITH THE HON. JILL HENNESSY COMMUNITY BIODIVERSITY GRANTS I know that there are many in Melbourne’s west, who are deeply committed to protecting our community’s unique biodiversity. Highlighting this, are two fantastic local projects that have secured funding through the State Government, to keep up their important work. Australasian Native Orchid Society has secured a $23,250 grant from the Victorian Government for its project “Passionately Protecting Plains Grassland.” Friends of Skeleton Creek has secured an $8,000 grant, for its project “Emu Foot Grassland Conservation Signage.” This funding is part of a broader $25.7 million Victorian Government package, to support our native species through community action grants, support programs and regional partnerships. I wish to commend both the Friends of Skeleton Creek and the Australasian Native Orchid Society for their commitment to our local environment. MARRIAGE EQUALITY SURVEY In September, in the Melbourne CBD, the high court ruled that the postal survey on marriage equality will be going ahead. We know that this survey is divisive and painful for LGBTI Australians. We know it is an abuse of power and a waste of money. We know that even if the survey returns a yes vote, we may not see a change to our unequal laws. But we also know that we have to fight for what is right. We know that a majority of Australians support Marriage Equality. We know that love is love and that all Australians should be treated equally under our laws. This is why we must show the LGBTI community that Australians value them, value their families and value their relationships. During this survey, make sure that you are looking out for LGBTI people and rainbow families in our community. A lot of hurtful things are being said about them and we need safeguard them from harm. If you know someone who needs support, encourage them to call Switchboard on 1800 184 527, visit qlife. org.au or call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If we all stand together and show our support for

marriage equality, we can ensure that when this survey is counted, a resounding yes vote comes out loud and clear. PUBLIC TRANSPORT UPDATE Work has begun on the $82.3 million level crossing removal project at Kororoit Creek Road. The works include partial duplication of the Altona Loop, which, once complete, will significantly improve travel reliability for our community. It is proposed, that the level crossing be removed by building a rail bridge over Kororoit Creek Road. It will now include two tracks, with the duplication extending for approximately 800 metres from the junction, with the Werribee line to Kororoit Creek. The partial duplication will enable trains to pass each other, or to wait off the main Werribee line, improving reliability and reducing the probability of trains bypassing the Loop. In further good news for Werribee line commuters, since 27 August 2017, 37 daily services that once terminated at Newport, have been extended to stop all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street, making it quicker and easier to get to and from the city. Additionally, nineteen trains to Altona, that once originated at Newport, are now running from Flinders Street, while 18 services from Werribee have been extended to the city, stopping all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street.


STAY STRONG. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. Life can sometimes seem like a test of strength – mentally, emotionally and physically. The good news is, that it’s possible to stay strong in the face of hard times, family worries or relationship problems. Everyone can triumph over adversity, because within each of us are the spiritually mental qualities of resilience, courage, firm determination and inner strength. Right now, whether you’re a man or a woman, you can stay strong. What’s more, doing so is good for your health.

MEN AND WOMEN ARE STRONG Being strong is more than a physical attribute. Strength is not about possessing bulging muscles or being tougher than the next guy. Strength is a mental characteristic. It exists on the inside – in thought. Such inner strength, is the capacity to retain a steadfast resolve, and a mental resistance to doubt or discouragement. Often called resilience, strength is the ability to cope with life’s stressful situations with confidence and composure. Such strength of mind is a capability that anyone can exercise. So how can you be strong when life gets hard? Try these ideas and pump-up your mental might. You can do it!

TIPS: • Be a strong person. Take constructive action. Lift yourself up spiritually whenever trouble tries to knock you down. If you feel fearful or anxious, pause, take a moment to strengthen your thinking. Remind yourself to be “strong and courageous.” Do not be afraid or discouraged. Remember there’s a comforting, powerful Love constantly with you, wherever you go. The Bible. Joshua 1:9 • Build a strong, happy family by creating a sense of wellbeing within it and in each family member. Don’t verbally pull your loved ones down. Strengthen them. Be supportive and encouraging. Give praise. Value who they are and what they can do. • Stay mentally strong. Withstand time-pressures or people-pressures at home or work. Realize that through a higher power, you’re able to perform demanding tasks with grace and ease. • Embrace both masculine and feminine qualities


such as grace, faith, perseverance, persistence and bravery. “The masculine mind reaches a higher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength through masculine qualities. … Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong.” Mary Baker Eddy. Science and Health p. 57 • Nourish your inner strength with robust hopefulness, firm faith, tenacious courage, and positive prayer. Stay strong in spite of the obstacles and discouragements that come along. Do this right through your life. In this way, you’ll find that staying strong is good for your health. Beverly Goldsmith writes on the connection between spirituality and health and is a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. www. spiritualityandhealthconnect.com


Jack’s Corner BATTLE OF BEERSHEBA This month marks the centenary of the World War One Battle of Beersheba, in the then Turkish controlled Palestine. There on 31 October 1917, the last great cavalry charge in history took place. Ironically it was made, not by cavalry armed with lances and sabres, but by mounted infantry, the 4th Brigade Australian Light Horse, armed with handheld bayonets and slung rifles. This was the first part of the Third Battle of Gaza, ancient city mentioned in the Bible. It was a heavily defended Turkish strongpoint, blocking the British advance to Damascus. As attacks against Gaza in March and April - 1917 had failed, British General Allenby decided on an attack beyond the Turkish left flank at Beersheba. This was arid desert. Water was vital to the army’s mobility and fighting effectiveness. So, they had, in a single day, to capture the town and secure its precious wells, before the Turks could destroy them. A powerful force, including Australians and New Zealanders surrounded the town. Australian General, Sir Harry Chauvel, commanded two divisions of the Desert Mounted Corps. By late afternoon, time for taking the town was running out. The New Zealanders had difficulties with a strongpoint, Tel es Saba. It took them until 3PM to complete this action. Dusk was approaching when Chauvel took a gamble and issued his famous order, “Put Grant straight at it.” General Grant commanding the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade, had to make a direct assault on the town. It was defended by two lines of trenches, manned by troops armed with machine guns, rifles and artillery. It must have surprised the Turks when the Australians did not dismount and attack on foot, as per normal. Instead, the Aussies galloped over the trenches. Some of them dismounted and attacked the trenches. The rest galloped on into the town and secured the wells intact. Most of the 1500 Turkish prisoners bagged, were as a result of that charge. The Australian casualties were light: 32 killed and 32 wounded. Chauvel’s brilliant tactic won the day. The capture of Beersheba enabled General Allenby to carry out a wider plan, to attack Gaza the next night and force the Turks out of the area 6 days later, thus opening the way to Jerusalem and Damascus. For those wanting a more detailed account of this battle and of the exploits of the Australian Light Horse, I recommend “The Australian Light Horse” by Roland Perry, Hachette Australia, 2010. There is also the 1987 film, “The Lighthorsemen,” directed by Simon Wincer. Jack Nystrom


STAR GAZING Man has always had the desire To move on to some other place: Unfazed by ice, wind, rain or fire, Of this globe, he’s covered the face. He’s traversed snow-capped mountains, Oceans, deserts and wild rivers. He’s made highways ‘cross trackless plains And carved homes out of wildernesses. Now that we’ve overrun this sphere And have squandered its resources, While polluting its biosphere, We have to plan future courses. But we’re anchored to this planet With our carbon-emitting cars. We’ll look back one day with regret, Gazing lovingly at the stars. Meanwhile our imagination Takes us to those out-of-world places. Novels, films and television Envisage distant spaces. Would that a spaceship of the mind Could leap the wall of Time and Space: A timeless future for Mankind Would then unchain us from this place. If the mind’s enormous power Could conquer the known Universe, Shrinking a light-year to an hour, Boundless distances we’d traverse. If we should find a world quite near, With soil, fresh water and clean air, One like the home we once had here, Of that, would we take better care?




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Community Newspaper Issue 93, October 2017

Around Point Cook 93  

Community Newspaper Issue 93, October 2017