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Bombay Royale (Bollywood Band)


What a joy it was to attend the opening of the Woods Street Art Space in Laverton!

I had the pleasure to speak with Joe Inserra OAM who said in all his many years of being in Laverton, this was one of the best things he has witnessed in the area. I have not been around Laverton as many years as Joe but I must agree - it is a fantastic addition. Congratulations must go to Hobsons Bay Council’s Tanya Blackwell and Janet Dawes for bringing to life this great facility and putting on such a great opening. We were provided with some outstanding live entertainment from Bombay Royale, an elevenpiece bollywood band.

The Woods Street Art Space

The old post office has certainly received a wonderful facelift as a new centre for community arts in the Woods Street, Laverton area.

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EDITORS COLUMN Hello all. I just wanted to relay a story which is very encouraging to me as an editor. I see a lot of content and have lots of conversations regarding the APC. I know that printing is not my department nor is distribution. So yes I have heard about numbers of “possible” readers. We do obviously print an amount, but that does not equate to how many readers we have. For instance I went for lunch the other day, just a quick bite to eat in the Point Cook Town Centre food court. All around that court were copies of the APC. Now as I sat there eating I realised the two people sitting up at the bar stool type seats were reading the APC, then I noticed in front of me another person at a table reading it too. Intrigued, I scanned the distant tables and that story was repeated.

So I must say it was very encouraging considering that all those many copies normally get left behind (some obviously get taken) but just how many people who use that food court actually sit and read it and leave the copy behind for the next person. So that must equate to a massive amount of multiple reads of those copies day after day. Its quite rewarding that the paper seems to be being enjoyed on a larger scale that I had initially thought. Exciting stuff.

Cheers Daniel

PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER The end of the financial year draws nigh! Have you done all you have to do? I’m flat out doing that right now. At the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed things are running very smoothly having just had a successful ‘Gathering’ of Mens Shed members from all over Victoria. 176 attended and it was a great day – the Sun shone for thev occasion and a great meeting was had by all present. At Point Cook, the steering committee continues to explore the possibility of establishing a Mens Shed in the area and we invite you to contact me at the paper to express your interest. It’s great to watch the steelwork grow at the new Williams Landing station and we can only hope the local gridlock can be eased with a hoped for giant car park at the station to ease our pain.



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Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona, officially opened the new facility after the official Welcome to Country by Aunty Carolyn Briggs. To add to the success of this event was the great works of art on show from around thirty-six local artists. Susan Stanjo (pictured) was happy to let me

Susan Stanjo and some examples of her artwork.

include some photos of her art in this article today. Overall I had a wonderful time, and will make sure I get down there on a regular basis to see how the art culture in the area blooms. Daniel Allen

Jill Hennessy MP, Tanya Blackwell and Janet Dawes at the Woods Street Art Space opening.

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Pregnancy is an exciting time when ‘mums to be’ become more ‘in tune’ with their changing body and growing belly. Yoga can help ‘mum to be’ manage fluctuating emotions and energy levels as well as helping mum to connect with baby. Specialised pregnancy yoga classes help to develop greater body awareness and prepare emotionally for labour and birth

prepare for the endurance of labour by building strength and stamina and alleviating some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy.

Classes are also a great place to socialise with other ‘mums to be’ and develop a support network of other mums in the community. Once bub arrives new mums can return to yoga with bub in a specialised mums and bubs class where Pregnancy yoga classes involve adapted yoga mum and baby can enjoy yoga and relax together. asana (postures) which are specifically designed for the changing pre natal body, making yoga Article by Danielle Harrison – Yoga Teacher and classes safe and suitable for terms 1 – 3 of Studio Director at Western Wellness pregnancy. Classes also help ‘mums to be’



RELAY FOR LIFE It’s confirmed!!!! The team behind the Point Cook Relay For Life were thrilled to get the news that Wyndham City Council has given the green light for the inaugural community event to be held in 2012 at Featherbrook Oval, Point Cook on Saturday 17(starting at 4pm) and Sunday 18 November (concluding at 10am). Chairman of Point Cook Relay for Life, Mr John Ballestrino said, “The committee has been anxiously awaiting this decision because it means that planning for the event could now go ahead at full steam.” Cancer Council Victoria representative Erin Davidson said, “We will be staging an official launch later in the year however local residents, clubs or organisations can register teams at to start fighting back against the disease that takes too much.“ To learn more about Relay for Life in Point Cook, email Erin at or 9635 5019 or contact the office of Jill Hennessy MP on 9395 0221



WANT TO TURN $1,000 INTO $2,000? ACT NOW! HOW DO YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY MONEY TO YOUR SUPER FUND FOR YOU? What is the Government Co-Contribution? The Australian Government will contribute an additional $1.00 for every $1.00 of personal after-tax (non-concessional) contributions into superannuation you make (up to $1,000 2011/2012 financial year, up to $500 2012/2013 financial year) assuming you have met all the requirements. This means if you contribute $1,000 into Superannuation, the Government may contribute up to $1,000. This would effectively be a 100% return on your money. I am constantly surprised at how many people do not know about Government Co-Contribution payments to Superannuation Funds. It also surprises me how many people have heard about it and know they may be eligible, however don’t do anything about obtaining a payment, or make the wrong type of contribution and then miss out on their extra money.

That’s right, even before years of compound returns are applied to your super balance, potentially making your return even higher over the long term, you may have just doubled your money in the short term! There must be a catch? Of course there is a catch. This government payment is targeted at helping lower income earners save for retirement, so if you earn more than $31,920 (2011/2012 financial year) your payment amount from the Government will be reduced. If you earn more than $61,920 (2011/2012 financial year) you will not qualify for any Government payment. Other requirements are: • You must be gainfully employed, and you also need to earn at least 10% of your total income from carrying on a business, eligible employment, or a combination of the two. This means you can either be employed or self-employed. • You need to be aged under 71 at the end of the financial year you make the superannuation contribution. • You need to make a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to a complying superannuation fund or Retirement Savings Account in the relevant year. • You need to lodge a tax return for the relevant year. • You cannot be a temporary resident Visa holder at any time during the financial year. • Your total income (assessable income plus reportable fringe benefits) must be below the income thresholds.



How do I receive the Co-Contribution?

Consult a Financial Adviser to assist you to:

The amount of co-contribution you are entitled to is automatically calculated by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) after you have lodged your income tax return. The ATO will then pay the amount of the co-contribution into the same super fund you made the original contribution into. If this super fund has been closed, the ATO will notify you and ask you for details of a superannuation fund into which they can pay the contribution.

• Estimate your probable entitlement based on your income; • Assist you to establish your eligibility; • Check your superannuation fund is appropriate for you; • Remind you each year of your Co-Contribution entitlements; • Minimise financial risks and maximise financial opportunities. Please contact Melinda Houghton at the office of Houghton Strategic Solutions in Point Cook on 9394 6344 to check your superannuation options. With constant changes to legislation, financial markets, world events, and your own personal situation it is essential to refer to a financial specialist who is experienced and up-to-date. Real people can achieve real results with the guidance and structure we provide.

Good News: • If you contribute less than $1,000 you will still be eligible for a part-payment up to your payment amount (assuming you qualify). • If you earn over $31,920 but less than $61,920 (2011/2012 financial year) you will still receive a payment; with a 3.333 cent reduction in the amount of Co-Contribution for every $1 that your total income exceeds the lower threshold. Bad News: • The Government Co-Contribution is paid to your Superannuation Fund and is therefore subject to normal preservation rules. • Salary Sacrifice Contributions are made pre-tax (concessional) and therefore do not qualify for a Co-Contribution. • The maximum payment is $1,000 (2011/2012 financial year) so even if you contribute $5,000 you won’t be eligible for more than $1,000 in Government Co-contribution (but you will still have a higher Super balance). What to do next: • Check if you may be eligible, and if you are, make a non-concessional payment to Superannuation that arrives at the relevant fund before the 30th June 2012. • Make any payment amount, even if you only contribute $200, you may receive up to an additional $200 from the Government, that’s still a 100% return! • Act this financial year (2011/2012) for the best benefit, as next financial year the Co-Contribution payment has been reduced to a maximum of $500, and you will need to contribute $1,000 to receive this $500 (2012/2013).

Melinda Houghton Authorised Representative of Aon Hewitt Financial Advice Limited Authorised Representative No. 290343 Aon Hewitt Financial Advice Limited ABN 13 091 225 642 AFSL No. 239183 This information may be regarded as general advice. That is, your personal objectives, needs or financial situations were not taken into account when preparing this information. Accordingly, you should consider the appropriateness of any general advice we have given you, having regard to your own objectives, financial situation and needs before acting on it. Where the information relates to a particular financial product, you should obtain and consider the relevant product disclosure statement before making any decision to purchase that financial product.

Conclusion 100% returns on funds you contribute to Superannuation investments are not easy to come by (especially in difficult financial times), so if you are eligible, take advantage while you can! ISSUE 28



Australia’s carbon price comes into effect on 1 July 2012, when we will join other leading countries in acting on climate change through a charge on big polluters. I know that there is some uncertainty about what this will mean for average households, which is why I thought it was important to dedicate this month’s column to explaining what you can expect. The carbon price is part of my government’s plan to cut carbon pollution and drive investment in

clean energy technologies and infrastructure like solar, gas and wind. It will cut 160 million tonnes of pollution by 2020 – the equivalent of taking 45 million cars off our roads – and will help ensure a clean energy future for our kids and our grandkids. The carbon price will be paid by around 500 of the biggest polluters – not ordinary Australians. In fact, 9 out of 10 Australian households will receive permanent assistance. A dual income family in Point Cook with one child under five and a joint annual income of $75,000 will receive $1,087 in assistance through tax cuts and increased family assistance payments. The average expected increase in costs due to a carbon price will be $504 per year, which means they will be more than $500 better off per year. Most Australians will be better off under the carbon price, simply visit www.cleanenergyfuture. to find out what assistance you might receive. Julia Gillard MP Prime Minister and Federal Member for Lalor 2/36 Synnot Street, Werribee 3030 Ph: 9742 5800



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Certain business types can certainly benefit from using coupons to increase sales. You have probably seen a dozen different types of businesses offering special deals if you mention a coupon that they have advertised in the local media or on-line. One example that comes to mind is the 2 for 1 deals offered by local restaurants, why are these offers so successful? Well it is because it is highly unlikely that the customer will only purchase the meal in the offer, they will more than likely purchase some drinks and possibly a desert as well. This means, the more the customer spends during their visit the less the business owner is giving away as a % of the transaction. It also helps build a loyalty program and encourages existing clients to return. So what should you do now? Have a serious look at the products / services you offer and see if there is a way to use some of these to offer special deals to loyal customers. Checkout the local print media and get details of distributing your new coupon, get a coupon designed,





KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS It was a Monday afternoon with nothing to look forward to do that day. There would be the usual dinner at home and then watch rubbish on TV until we could take no more. Then get to bed to end the day. I decided no; life is too short and precious to be wasted in such a way. “Why not got out for dinner?” I asked my wife. Her reply was “It is Monday and they are all shut”. I did some research on the internet and some good ones were indeed shut on Mondays but not all. We grew up in Egypt and we are not frightened of exotic food. “We’ve had Middle Eastern food, Thai, Indian, and Mexican and why not try African?” I said.

The food is great! If you are a meat lover and not frightened of spicy food, you are in heaven. You want vegetarian spicy food? Go there; you will be pleasantly surprised. Warning: wash your hands and eat unless you want to ask for a spoon! Food is served on a large, pita style, soft, Ethiopian bread that overflows your plate. A great experience on a dull Monday night and it cost us $27 for both of us! That was the cost of the food and the cultural experience. Try it. George Said

That is how we finished up at ‘Addis Abeba’ Restaurant. I discovered that there were 13 African shops in Footscray. Wow! I did not know that there was a quite development happening at our doorstep. So off we went to 220 Nicholson Street in Footscray. We had the place to ourselves. Tes, the Ethiopian cook/owner was the perfect host; his young niece was the waitress with an American accent who is also studying journalism. I knew Addis Abeba is the capital city of Ethiopia (was previously called Abyssinia). What I learnt was that they speak an ancient language called Amharic and have their own unique alphabet. They are early Christian Orthodox and they are the ones who bought the Greek Church in Mills Street, North Altona.



Point Cook Garden Page

STRELIZIA REGINAE BIRD OF PARADISE SEED HEAD Strelizia reginae is a native of South Africa that, because of our similar climatic conditions, has adapted perfectly to life in this part of Australia. There are sizeable specimens in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, and I have seen smaller clumps in several gardens in Altona. In fact, we have a Bird of Paradise plant in our own garden. It would have been over 30 years ago, when we had a Coles variety store in Pier Street, that I purchased a small tube grown seedling labelled “Strelizia regina (Dwarf Form)” and planted it in a narrow garden bed next to our driveway. Its position is restricted, so it is unfortunate that the plant grew far beyond my expectations; the “Dwarf Form” mentioned on the label leading me to believe it would grow into a small clump. However, when compared to most of

the other specimens I have seen during my travels around Victoria, I concede it is just a tad smaller than the standard form. So we can continue to use our driveway, I ruthlessly hack it back once a year. If you have never tried to shift a Strelizia reginae, you may be wondering why we didn’t just carefully dig out the clump and plant it elsewhere. We did make an attempt when our plant was around ten years old and it was becoming a nuisance, but we soon discovered its mass of thick, fleshy roots had taken a tenacious grip on terra firma … and they weren’t letting go! Then, years later, when we had to replace a paling fence way over the other side of our property, we were surprised to find its roots were indeed intrepid travellers. Our small, drought tolerant plant gradually grew into a sizeable clump of long stiff leaves on strong fleshy stems. But, when the plant is in full flower, its regal orange and blue flowers most definitely compensate for the inconvenience it causes. The flowers are weirdly beautiful, resembling some sort of exotic crane with its beak agape. Then, if the spent flowers are not removed, they will dry and contort into bizarre shapes. Each of the large black seeds nestles in a pillow of bright orange “down”. I hope I haven’t put you off planting a Strelizia reginae in your own garden. This is a beautiful species that, if you take time to consider its eventual size and carefully position it accordingly, will give you many years of pleasure. Height at ten years is approximately one metre, and two metres at maturity. Strelizia reginae was named for George III’s Queen Caroline, a princess from the House of MecklenburgStreliz in Germany.

This illustration is from a series of four tonal (pencil) drawings I did of dried plant material.

Helene Wild Resident Artist Habitat Trust



AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SHED DEVELOPMENT GRANTS - ROUND FOUR is Now Open The Round will be open for 6 weeks and the closing date for all applications is Friday 25th May 2012. There are three categories of funding available: Category One- Tools and Equipment Category Two- Building Maintenance and Development Category Three- Shed Activities and programs Documents available for downloading will include: •

Application forms for Categories 1,2, and 3


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dows. We invite you to join us any Sund ay at 10 am for worship. We cater for all ages, and you will be seated in a circle very welcome. We offer Sunday have Bible study groups for children and teenag er and discussion gr oups during the s and week. There is also a lo w-co Wednesdays fro st playgroup on m 9.30-11.30. We now have a full-time Minist er Rev. Susan Malt house;9369 0384; The multi-purpos e bu It is carpeted, w ilding is available for regular hi ith kitchen faciliti re es and a fenced rs. playground. Enquiries to Laur is on 8386 9030



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The newly built Featherbrook Community Centre was abuzz with excitement and anticipation on Sunday 1st April. It was the 1st anniversary of Lightpoint Church and the mood was celebratory. Decorations, cake and beaming hosts welcomed over 150 visitors and regular attendants into the auditorium for a service that would mark a year full of challenges, learning and growth. Pastors Phil and Tracy Shand moved with their family to Point Cook last year to start Lightpoint Church in response to a need for more churches in this rapidly growing area of Melbourne. The church started meeting at 5pm in the town centre with only a handful of people but has recently moved to a 10am service at the newly constructed Featherbrook Community Centre. This move has resulted in a significant growth in weekly attendance due to the fact that mornings are a better time for young families to attend services. One of the key goals of the church is to provide a sense of community and spiritual connection for people often feeling isolated and stressed in their day to day life. Apart from the Sunday worship services, Lightpoint Church also runs a fortnightly youth program that emphasises positive values, women’s brunches, men’s breakfasts, mother’s groups, social events and group discussions in homes. Later this year they will be conducting two 5 week courses on Parenting Children and Parenting Teens. When asked about the success of the church, Phil and Tracy respond in the following way. “We have always believed we are doing God’s will….and as we have stepped out in faith, prayed and served, He has blessed us with the right resources and people.” “We are so grateful to the Wyndham council for building the Featherbrook Community Centre so we can have morning services” says Tracy, “it is excellent, but as the church continues to grow we are going to need more space. This is one of our challenges as we head into our second year.” For more info on Lightpoint Church go to their website or drop in for a Sunday service 10am at the Featherbrook Community Centre, 33-35 Windorah Drive, Point Cook. ISSUE 28


POINT COOK TENNIS CLUB “Point Cook Tennis Club has two proud new junior tennis champions. Vincent Edsall and Rosie Edsall both took out their respective 12 and Under Boys and 16 and Under Girls singles events at the Sunraysia Junior Grasscourt Championships in Mildura over the school holidays. This is a national points tournament and will contribute to both players’ Australian Rankings. It has been an especially big month for Vincent who was already coming off the back of a recent 12 and Under tournament win at a JDS Series event at Boroondara Tennis Centre and getting past Qualifying and into the round of 16 in the Main Draw the week before at the Tennis World OJT Gold tournament at Melbourne Park. “I’m really happy with my performances lately” says Vincent. “I have been working really hard on a lot of key areas in my game with my coach Michael and I feel like it’s all starting to come together now and that I can compete with the better players in my age group. I’m hoping to make it into the National event later in the year. I just have to keep working hard.”



Coach, Michael Tucci, couldn’t be prouder of his players “I’m ecstatic for them both! It’s a great feeling when your players do well. Vincent and Rosie have really knuckled down since the start of this year and the program we have in place for them is starting to bring results. It’s a long process though and we will keep going.”

anyone with worldly ambitions who would like to join their squads or even just beginners starting out. Classes are conducted at Point Cook Tennis Club on Jamieson Way and programs run for children aged 3 and over right through to adults.”

Michael is no stranger to the demands of the sport at the highest level having played in tour events in the USA and been a hitting partner for many tour players including Maria Sharapova, Tommy Haas and the Williams sisters. “I do know what it takes to compete at the elite level and I try to fascilitate that with all my players by delivering a world class program. Most players want to make it but don’t commit to the workload. I can put the best program in place but it’s the players that need to do the work in the end. There needs to be discipline. That’s what I try to instil in my players. That gives them every opportunity to achieve success at the highest levels in this sport. Vinnie and Rosie are good examples of players that do the hard work through both private lessons and our squads. They deserve all the credit.” Anyone interested in getting more information about coaching programs should contact Match Point Tennis Academy on 0405 811 416 or visit their website They are keen to hear from



@SOCIALMEDIAMONS: YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATION Have you discovered Pinterest yet? I have to admit, I’m a little addicted, hooked! It’s like virtual scrapbooking! *Joy* This is how it works: you signup and create boards along a specific theme. Then as you surf the web and find images that you like, you ‘pin’ them onto your boards!

There are so many applications Pinterest, here’s a few common boards: • Wedding planning • Home renovations (dream or reality) • Fashion and Style (buying or wishing) • Saving your favourite recipes • Parenting • Funny photo’s and cartoons Pinterest may also be of use to businesses as it gives them a medium to collect and ‘pin’ your products right from your e-Store or website.

Pinterest may also be a great medium for educators, recreational groups, sporting and special interest clubs. What am I pinning? Here are some of my boards: •


My favourite people of the four-legged kind

Inspirational quotes and photographs; and

So I’m a geekette and I love these images!

Join the conversation @socialmediamons on Twitter and Pinterest; or find me on Facebook.

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Pet Column

TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW KITTEN Diet: It is important that kittens eat a good quality food designed for KITTENS, we recommend Royal Canin and Hills. Meals should be offered regularly. As a guide kittens from 6 to 12 weeks feeding can be fed 2-3 times a day. After 12 weeks twice daily feeding is a good idea until you kitten is close to fully grown. Vaccinations: Kittens usually require a course of 3 vaccinations. These are normally given at 6 to8 weeks, 12 and 16 weeks of age. As full protection may not be achieved until 10 days after their third vaccination kittens should not be allowed outside until this time. Cats are much safer kept entirely indoors, however if you intend to let your cat outside there are additional diseases to consider. Feline AIDS (FIV) and feline leukemia (FeLV) are viruses that can cause fatal diseases in cats and are easily spread between animals. Direct Vet Services recommends cats that go outdoors are also vaccinated against these diseases. • For FIV this means a course of 3 vaccines 2 weeks apart. (i.e.: with the second kitten vaccination at 12wo, two weeks later (14wo)and with the third kitten vaccination at 16 wo.) • For FeLV this means 2 vaccines given a month apart (Often given at the same time as the normal second and third kitten vaccinations.) Intestinal worms: Kittens can be killed by worms and need to be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old then monthly until they are 6 months old. Adult cats should be wormed every 3 months. Suitable products should treat round worm, tapeworm and hookworm. Be careful to weigh your animal first and give the appropriate amount as outlined on the product packaging. 22


Pet Column

Fleas: Fleas are readily transmitted between pets and spend much of their time living in the environment. They live only on your pet long enough to consume a blood meal before breeding. There are many products on the market, with a number of them being ineffective. Flea collars and flea baths are not reliable and many contain chemicals similar to those in snailbait. Direct Vet Services recommends topical products such as Advantage and Frontline or Comfortis tablets depending on your pets lifestyle. Microchipping: In Victoria all cats must be microchipped prior to council registration. This involves placing a small device the size of a rice grain under the cat’s skin. This makes it easy for your cat to be identified and for you to be contacted should your stray. The chip contains a 15 digit number which is recorded at a database along with your details.



EFFECTIVE MOBILE MARKETING TOOLS There are many mobile marketing tools that can be used to grow your business. These are the most effective ones. 1. Location based services like facebook places and foursquare are social media applications. They allow businesses to offer promotions on their products and services and this will in turn help them get more loyal customers. Through location based services, customers can check-in to your business and also notify their friends of their present location. 2. Email marketing has been a very effective marketing tool for a long time. Now it can be used for mobile marketing considering the fact that the number of people using their phones to read their emails is on the rise. 3. Text messaging or SMS marketing makes it possible to send discounts and promotional messages to customers on their cell phones. One of the main advantages of using SMS is the fact that the read rate is high and most people read their messages immediately they are received. 4. Mobile websites: There are two ways you can approach this. You can either create a mobile website which is usually a lighter version of your website or make your website easier to view and navigate on mobile devices. Mobile websites are better because customers will quickly find the information they want. Mobile marketing is a good marketing platform to grow your business, your customer base, and your profits. Before you start a campaign, you have to do some research and learn certain strategies. Software tools can also make things easier. For a complimentary consultation on how mobile can help your business simply contact Local Marketing Magnet on 8678-0657

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WATER REBATES FOR SMALL BUSINESS Small businesses within City West Water’s service area are being encouraged to take advantage of rebates of up to $2000 on a wide range of water efficient products. The State Government’s Living Victoria Water Rebate program was extended in July last year to small businesses to enable them to implement water saving initiatives at minimal cost. Rebates are available to businesses with 20 or less employees, with up to $2000 available on a range of water efficient products such as commercial glass washers, dishwashers, washing machines, high pressure cleaners and water efficient toilets and amenities. A rebate can be claimed for 50% of the cost up to a maximum rebate amount of $2000 on eligible products purchased.

DEVELOPMENT OF ‘MENS SHED’ IN POINT COOK Following the emergence of the Mens Shed movement throughout Australia interest has been shown in joining the now 700+ sheds throughout Australia under the banner of the Australian Mens Shed Association. A ‘Steering committee’ is being formed to decide if the interest among residents indicates a need for such a project. ‘Sheds’ already exist in Werribee, Altona, and a large operation in Hobsons Bay with over 150 members who enjoy the support of Council and have an excellent woodwork shop, an engineering group, a computer resource, a car restoration group, a musical instrument making group, a model railway project, 26

together with an active and growing men’s health project which is ialso nvolved with nutrition. Meetings are planned at a local centre to establish local interest and investigate funding opportunities to carry out the wishes of interested persons. Ladies are welcomed as members as classes are planned in home maintenance and other projects as desired. Should you have interest in this developing concept please email with I’m interested in the subject line


LOCAL BUDGET 2012 - 2013 UPDATE The 2012 - 2013 State Budget is a kick in the guts for families in the west. Families in this electorate have been crying out for investment in local roads and transport infrastructure. Despite this, not one cent has been provided in this year's budget. The pressure of growth will continue but the government has done nothing to alleviate these pressures. There's inadequate funding for education, our schools are full to the brim, more funding is required urgently. Families will be hit with cruel cuts to TAFE, the education maintenance allowance and the school start bonus. This is a jobs killing budget and another sign that the Baillieu Government is neglecting the west and taking Victoria backwards. The Baillieu job cuts continue and illustrate just how this State Government view the importance of keeping Victorians employed. Some local relevant budget points:

• The electorate of Altona received funding for Point Cook South East P-9, a clear win for the More Schools For The West campaign • The electorate of Altona received funding for the Autistic School to be constructed in the Laverton P-12 • 15.2% or $39.8m cut from “Investing in Communities” due to “reductions in funding from the Community Support Fund” • Not 1 dollar provided for desperately needed local road works and public transport • First Home Grant abolished


• Scrapping of schools start bonus from the start of the next financial year • Skills for growth program cut: goes from 45000 participants to none. This program supports training in the workplace • No funding for kinders at all in the budget • An additional 600 jobs will be cut from the Public Sector, before the election Ted Baillieu promised he wouldn’t cut a single job; he has instead sacked 4200 Victorian Public Servants ISSUE 28


Laugh Out Loud Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and realising it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf.

At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"

So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not." feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot him that day. straight towards the pin, dropping just short of As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, it, rolled up and fell into the hole. Father Norton headed out of town to a golf IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE! course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on and asked, "Why did you let him do that?" the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to morning and everyone else was in church! tell?"

Famous Quotes Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself. - Groucho MARX * * * Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; old age a regret. - Benjamin DISRAELI, 1804 –1881, British Prime Minister. There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. - Benjamin DISRAELI (Attributed to him by Mark TWAIN) * * * Courage is rightly esteemed as the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. - Winston CHURCHILL In diplomacy, words are bullets. Bill HAYDEN, Former Foreign Minister and Australian Governor General. * * * 28


Famous Quotes Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. Ogden Nash (1902 – 1971) American poet.

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. John D. Rockefeller (1839 – 1937) American industrialist and financier.

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The one –l lama, he’s a priest. The two –l llama, he’s a beast. Ogden Nash

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. Donald Rumsfeld, Former US Defence Secretary.

* * * Don’t go round saying the world owes you a living. It was here first. Mark Twain.

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* * * The secret source of humour itself is not joy but sorrow. Mark Twain

Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others. Groucho Marx * * *

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The farther back you can look, the farther forward you can see. Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965), English politician, soldier and author.

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. Groucho Marx



Laugh Out Loud Lexiphile (i.e., "lovers of words" - you know. . . like, you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish. . . or, I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. . . then it hit me. . . etc.). Here are some more for you to enjoy:

~ To write with a broken pencil is . . . pointless.

~ When fish are in schools they sometimes . . . take debate.

~ A thief who stole a calendar . . . got twelve months.

~ When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , . . . U.C.L.A.

~ The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes . . . was on shaky ground.


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The batteries were given out . . . free of charge.

~ A dentist and a manicurist married. .. . . They fought tooth and nail.


Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? . . . He's all right now.


A will is a . . . dead giveaway.

~ If you don't pay your exorcist . . . you can get repossessed.

If you take a laptop computer for a run you could . . .. jog your memory.


~ With her marriage, she got a new name . .. . and a dress.

~ Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you . . . A-flat miner.


A bicycle can't stand alone; . . . it is two tired.

~ In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, . . . it's your Count that votes.

~ When a clock is hungry . . .. it goes back four seconds

You are stuck with your debt if . . . you can't budge it.



Local Area Network in Australia : . . . The LAN down under.

~ A boiled egg is . . . hard to beat.

~ When you've seen one shopping centre . . . you've seen a mall.

~ Police were called to a day care where a three-yearold was . . . resisting a rest.





A HISTORY LESSON IN VERSE ARMADA In fifteen hundred eighty-eight, A mighty fleet from Spain set sail; With Destiny it had a date; King Phillip thought it could not fail. For the Dons were on a mission They thought by God Himself ordained: For the Pope’s holy dominion, Protestant England must be regained. Elizabeth, bastard heretic, Had usurped the crown of England; King Phillip, pious Catholic, This woman’s downfall had long planned. Though the Spaniards were brave and bold, This enterprise could not succeed, For ‘twas financed by plundered gold, And inspired by pride and greed. The English, ready and waiting, Pursued and fought those mighty galleons; And God must have been watching At the sea battle of Gravelines. The Dons tried to embark an army Then fighting in the Netherlands, But bad timing and English bravery Effectively thwarted their plans. After the Armada’s defeat, They had to go back whence they came, By a perilous line of retreat, Home to Spain to report their shame. They sailed right round the British Isles, Hounded by Nature and men all the way; In this decimated force, no smiles; For arrogance, in blood, they did pay. Queen Bess ruled for thirteen more years A nation enjoying prosperity, While Phillip’s people drowned in tears Caused by his pride and false piety. Her triumph she owed to those heroes, Seadogs Frobisher, Hawkins, Drake, Whose wee ships bloodied the Dons’ noses, And left them wailing in their wake. Jack Nystrom, Wednesday, 25 April, 2012. ISSUE 28


MAY May is a great time of the year, A time to have fun and play; Up in the northern hemisphere, “The very merry month of May”. We’re nearly at the half-way mark Of Earth’s voyage around the Sun; Families will go to the park To have picnics and lots of fun. May’s a time for celebrations, So it features in much folklore; In this land and other nations, The first of May honours labour. It’s named for the goddess Maia; ‘Twas her warmth that caused plants to grow; Kin to the bountiful Gaia, The Earth Mother as we all know. May is a beautiful girl’s name, Often being short for Mary; But no longer chic: what a shame ! ‘Cause Mary was quite contrary? May is the white hawthorn flower; Queen of the May’s a pretty girl; No doubt you’ll be man of the hour If on May Day you give her a twirl. The short wave radio call “mayday”, Which is a signal of distress, Means “help me’ from the French “m’aidez”: Mayfair’s a posh London address. Students of entomology Will certainly know the word “may”: The mayfly’s an insect you see With a very brief Earthly stay. In the northern climes it is Spring, Time for dancing round the maypole; But here, footy is in full swing, And there’s music to feed the soul. Jack Nystrom, Monday, 6 February, 2012.



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