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Issue 38, March 2013

EASTER – WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT How do people around the world celebrate Easter? Christians attend church services over the weekend to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. Easter is a time full of symbolism. People buy hot cross buns (symbolic of the cross), chocolate Easter eggs (symbolic of new life) and Easter bunnies from supermarkets to anticipate this season. Church activities can involve Easter egg hunts or egg painting activities for the children. In East and South Eastern European countries such as Poland, Czech Republic and Macedonia, Easter can involve a brunch or a dinner. Friends and family exchange cooked coloured eggs. It’s also a time to welcome spring. Churches in South East Asian countries, as you would find if visiting Malaysia or Singapore, celebrate Easter by giving away cooked reddyed eggs. In the United States, children wake up to find the Easter bunny has left them baskets of candy. Egg hunting around the house is not uncommon. Families can also get together for meals. During this season, people from all over the world send good wishes to one another. What is the story behind Easter? It is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over the death. Christians believe Jesus was born to be a sacrifice


for sin for all mankind. Due to the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind has inherited sin and we have become fallen beings, separated from the Holy God. Only through believing in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and the cleansing through His blood, that one will be saved and therefore will have an eternal life. The day when Jesus was crucified is on Good Friday. It is ‘good’ because the debt of sin was paid on that day. After three days in the tomb, Jesus took up his body, never to part with it again (eternal life). He is now a resurrected being, with his new body. Thus, Christians believe, Easter Sunday is the day to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and His promise of an eternal life. Easter brings an opportunity to escape from the nine to five rat race and observe a time of reflection. What is my relationship to God? Do I know my sins are forgiven? What does Jesus really mean to me? Can He offer me a way out of darkness, loneliness and disappointment in life? Can He satisfy my inner thirst? Do I have inner peace and abundant life? Happy Easter!

EDITORS’ COLUMN While our busy editor Daniel has his hands full, it will just be me this round, dropping a few lines. Congratulations to all on the launch of a sister publication “Around Hoppers Crossing”. This huge and rapidly developing area across the freeway contains one of Australia’s major shopping strips, the Old Geelong Road, the new Williams Landing major rail station and car park, together with one of the West’s largest shopping mall, Werribee Plaza. Rising from farmland as recently as 1963, the development has been truly amazing. It is very encouraging to see our Point Cook community newspaper progressing so well. A big thanks to all who contribute, not forgetting our other lovely teammates Will, Louise, Branko, Mya, Janet and Cliff . Without everyone’s effort it would not be such a success.

Last but not the least, we welcome all who are interested to send us your stories, photos, artwork or a piece of writing at We would love to hear from you. This community newspaper is from you and for you! Have a fruitful month! Jasmine

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I cannot believe we are now entering the last month of the first quarter of the year. Time and tides wait for no man. May you use your time effectively and make every right choice this month and be blessed.


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PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER This month saw the launch of ‘Around Hoppers Crossing’ exploring the interest of the local community in their own version of a ‘Community Conversation’

growing Williams Landing and the established Tarneit. No wonder Wyndham received Australia’s fastest growing status! Stephen Hopper would be astounded!

An amazing area, sparsely settled in 1963, and now dominated by the largest shopping strip in Victoria, the Old Geelong Road, and the second largest shopping mall in the west, Werribee Plaza, second only to Highpoint and still being extended to equal that mighty complex.

We in Point Cook can only hope that the growth of our neighbour across the freeway helps to influence the next Victorian Government to do something about our shocking lack of infrastructure and enables rail travel concessions to be extended to Werribee.

Hoppers Crossing draws customers from all over the west to stores that advertise the district on television and newspapers such as Bunnings and Harvey Norman, bringing thousands of shoppers annually to the west to visit and stimulate the area. Part of Wyndham like Point Cook, Hoppers draws regular customers from surrounding districts like Werribee, Point Cook, and Laverton and even has suburbs like the new

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TRI MARTIAL-ARTS FRIENDSHIP SEMINAR A TRIPLE-TREAT NOT TO BE MISSED Point Cook is hosting a spectacular Martial Arts event that is scheduled for the first time in Wyndham. Three local Martial Art schools are coming together to hold a TRI Martial-Arts Friendship Seminar, designed to bring together three different styles of Martial Arts under one roof in a full-day of learning opportunities. Master Nicholas Conduit of Conduit Hapkido Centre (HAPKIDO), Sensei Christian Oakley of Martial Journey (ISSEI RYU BUJUTSU), and Sensei Garry Kewish of Kaizen Martial Arts Australia (SHOTOKAN KARATE, KODOKAN JUDO, and BRAZILIAN JUJITSU) are coming together on MARCH 24th 2013 in Point Cook. Each Instructor will be teaching their specific style of Martial Art to people interested in seeing these incredible Martial Artists in action. This is going to be a spectacular event with demonstrations of skill, a unique opportunity of martial arts discovery and the chance to ask questions and speak with three of Wyndham’s great Martial Arts Instructors. Each Instructor will be teaching for 2 hours, and lunch is provided in the cost of the seminar. Information regarding each Martial Arts School can be found:


Conduit Hapkido Centre: Martial Journey: Kaizen Martial Arts Australia: When: 24th March 2013 (9am – 4pm) Place: 5 Wallace Ave, Point Cook (Martial Journey Academy of Martial Arts) Register your interest at: or 0402 232 717


WYNDHAM CITY’S COMPOST REVOLUTION IS HERE! Wyndham City has a new program for our residents, schools and kindergartens wanting to get involved in composting and worm farming – the Compost Revolution! Did you know that the average Wyndham garbage bin comprises 43% food scraps? By increasing the number of people who compost or worm farm in our area we can reduce our ecological footprint and improve our local environment and community. Home composting and worm farming are easy, fun and important ways we can reduce the volume of waste going to landfill, cut down on greenhouse gases and return vital nutrients back into our soils. So…what is the Compost Revolution? The Compost Revolution is a fun, easy, online resource. When you visit the Compost Revolution website you can learn about composting and worm farming in the tutorials and take the quiz to test your new found knowledge. Once you have taken the quiz

you are eligible to purchase a discounted worm farm and worms for $55 or a discounted compost bin for $25! For more information please visit *Please note: there is a maximum of one compost bin or one worm farm per household / establishment. This program is only open to Wyndham City residents, schools and kindergartens.



IS STRESS NECESSARY FOR LIFE? Unfortunately, overwhelming stress has become an increasingly common characteristic of present-day life. You need stress for creativity, learning, and your very survival. Stress is only harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that your nervous system needs to remain in balance. When stress throw your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques can bring it back into a balanced state by producing the relaxation response, a state of deep calmness that is the opposite of the stress response.

yourself getting caught up in your thoughts and feelings. 1. Pause for a moment 2. Look around, and notice five things you can see. 3. Listen carefully, and notice five things you can hear. 4. Notice five things you can feel in contact with your body. (E.g. your watch against your wrist, your

Actually stress doesn’t always look stressful! When stress overwhelms your nervous system your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for “fight or flight”. The relaxation response puts the brakes on this intensified state of readiness and brings your body and mind back into a state of stability and balance. While the stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly, it wears your body down when constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life. Some of the physical and emotional symptoms of stress are memory problems and an inability to concentrate as well as poor judgment or seeing only the negative. People can feel overwhelmed and experience a sense of loneliness and isolation panic, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, frequent colds and nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing) How to produce the relaxation response Find the relaxation technique that’s best for you. Your challenge is to identify relaxation techniques that provide both safety and stimulation to help you “reboot” your system. Techniques such as mindfulness, walking and practicing deep breathing meditation. Notice Five Things This is a simple exercise to center yourself, and connect with your environment. Practice it throughout the day, especially any time you find



trousers against your legs, the air upon your face, your feet upon the floor, your back against the chair etc. and practice deep breathing. The benefit of massage for stress Promotes the Body's Relaxation Response The emergency stress response, or the "flight-orfight" response, is the body's physical reaction to stress. Massage promotes the relaxation response-heart rate decelerates, breathing rate slows and muscles relax. Relaxation and massage techniques lower blood pressure Massage activates pressure points linked to the vagus nerve which regulates blood pressure--stimulation helps lower and maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Relaxation and massage techniques reduces muscular and emotional tension Get to the root of the problem. Massage promotes overall relaxation and encourages muscular relaxation. Massage breaks up lactic acid and other points of discomfort that are characteristic of stress.

Body mind style massage is defined as continually feeling for where the body carries its tension. Addressing the tension found in the body and using techniques to calm the subconscious and in turn helping the body get over the need to protect (tension) and get to the root of the problem. Many times as these blocks are released, there is a release of old emotional issues. This can be a positive life altering experience. The client centred therapist does not do anything to bring about change but creates an environment that allows the client to make decisions that it is in their best interest to change detrimental and painful holding patterns. For more information: CLEARWATER INTERGRATED BODY MIND COACHING Massage, Psychosomatic Bodywork and Psychology of the Body POINT COOK 0419 575 682 Tina M. Athina Post. Grad. CE. Psychotherapist Dip. Community & social services.





I wonder what it is that others seek in those who give outside of themselves. The warm, the generous, the good hearted. I hope we all know someone with these qualities or we can see these qualities within ourselves. What a blessed place that despite personal suffering, financial struggle, possible neglect and abandonment, the human heart can still shine. Where does that comes from? That informidable love for others that overrides personal need. Bravery, generosity, kindness, protection, support, love; these are beautiful and emotive words. But in day to day life, how often can we share and express these with each other naturally? Who has experienced the pushing and shoving to get a seat on a train, road rage, the depletion of basic manners, vandalism, theft and or abuse? How many news


stories depict the heroics and beauty of the human spirit over the murder and mayhem of war, political slaying or the behaviour of the depraved? We have become a world that needs to publicly acknowledge the beautiful and the kind. From the earliest years in school we are taught to be competitive; to aim for the award that has your name printed on it, to be the team that wins more ribbons or the family that sells the most chocolates. We move into the work force and the focus moves onto incentives, professional ladders, clothing labels, success. Then we become older and we become invisible and a burden if we haven`t achieved a certain standing and financial success. What are we comparing to? Who set the goal posts?


Why did the gentleness of the human spirit become separate from the flow of thought and action? When did mankind look in the mirror and see that they weren’t like the rest, that they walked, talked, looked and ate like everyone else but they were their own power, completely unique and superior?

Next time you feel the need to take more than you should, ask yourself why. Why are you more important on the road, more tired than, more hungry, need more money, need to take what is not earned, need to exploit, humiliate, bully, rip off or disrespect?

Lately I have seen and experienced the exploitation of the gentle. The offerings never enough, boundaries shuffled and battered until the heart and mind are exhausted. Who chooses to be the fish instead of the fishing line, the carriage instead of the engine, the bully over the victim? Who would choose to be exploited, overlooked and fearful and how do some choose their targets?

I have so many questions in this article that I am unable to answer. Every one of us is born with a heart. If yours is not fully expanded, stretch it out to someone or somewhere else first and in return you will receive the most magnificent and beautiful sense of fulfilment ever. I promise! Mya Ashley

How long does the feeling of victory, justice or winning last? If one win, one victory, one sanction of justice sufficed the human spirit, we would only run one race, fight one battle, seek one ruling. We wouldn`t be competitive, we wouldn`t cheat, lie, hurt and maim, rip off, steal, batter or take for granted, anyone or anything! We would care and nurture everyone equally, every single being!



SCHOOL ABSENTEEISM A PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY The Victorian Coalition Government is considering further measures to ensure parents send their children to school each day. The measures include amendments to the Education and Reform Training Act 2006, which already requires students to attend school and may include financial penalties. Education Minister Martin Dixon said children should be at school. “Attendance is one of the key factors in helping students reach their potential. “This new Bill is another step towards ensuring students are at school to give them every opportunity of success. “This Bill will mean parents who fail to send their children to school regularly, without good reason, will receive an infringement notice akin to a parking ticket, rather than having to be pursued through the courts.


“This is one of a number of initiatives to get students to school, including intervention and preventative approaches,” he said. Mr Dixon said a fine would only be a last resort. “Let me be clear, these fines are about providing additional incentive, where needed, to ensure parents are sending their kids to school. “It will not affect the vast majority of parents who do the right thing by their children. “As part of the amendments, guidelines will specify exactly when a fine is appropriate. “School attendance officers will have the final say in issuing fines, and only after every other avenue has been exhausted,” Mr. Dixon said. To view the proposal and provide a submission, visit: aspx.




Wyndham Council has joined forces with TechCollect to establish a free e-waste recycling drop off point for residents and small businesses.

Wyndham Council is calling on the State Government to set development contributions at an appropriate level to ensure it can provide the transport, community and recreation infrastructure required by the municipality’s booming population.

Items which are accepted include televisions, personal computers including laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, computer monitors, parts for personal computers such as internal hard drives, DVD and CD drives, computer peripherals such as keyboards, joysticks, scanners, web cameras and printers. Items which are not accepted include mobile phones; game consoles; video recorders; DVD players; radios/stereos; power tools and appliances/microwaves. The new service is operating from the Refuse Disposal Facility, Wests Rd, Werribee.

Under Victorian legislation, councils are able to raise development contributions from developers to fund much of the infrastructure required to ensure the health and wellbeing of residents who move into newly established areas. Wyndham Mayor, Cr. Heather Marcus said the issue of development contributions was critical to the community’s future. “We will continue to strongly advocate for appropriate contributions to ensure the needs of new communities are met without imposing an unfair burden on our existing ratepayers or subjecting the community to major additional infrastructure backlogs,” she said. “In the new growth areas released in Wyndham since 2005, council is facing a cost of about $1.75 billion to deliver the necessary infrastructure and possibly another $300-$400 million to build the required major indoor sports, grandstands, aquatic and performing and visual arts facilities.”



LETTER TO THE PUBLISHER Hi Bill, as you know I am interested in helping the Seniors of Point Cook to enjoy themselves instead of staying home and being bored. I would really like them to let me know if there is something that they would like to do in the way of activities. We would call ourselves The Point Cook Seniors Group and meet on a regular basis to have a chat, or as I have said play cards or whatever they were interested in. Movies, Lunches‌. I don’t think The Seniors realize just what we have already in Point Cook, these are some of our activities already available:


Craft, chat and coffee every Thursday at Jamieson Way Community Centre. Coffee at The Coffee Club every Friday, even dates of the month. Thai Chi at Jamieson Way on a Thursday. Walking Group, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from the Town Centre and Thursday and Friday from Jamieson Way. Once a Month the Walking Group have Lunch on a Wednesday. Bus Trips We use our free train travel vouchers to visit Country Towns for the day. I cannot think of anything else.



INTERESTED TO ENTER IN A SCHOOL ARTICLE WRITING COMPETITION? Our newspaper teamed up with Around Altona and Around Hoppers Crossing community newspapers wishes to promote journalism and writing skills in schools and support local community newspapers to publish material from young writers while still studying. Other community newspapers in the West are being canvassed. It is appropriate at this time to consider if the concept has support from local schools. Teachers, Principals, Students, and School Bodies will be approached to ascertain their views, ideas, and coopration.

way the author will be able to mention they are a ‘published ‘author in their CV. All prizes will be accompanied by a framed certificate of award together with a framed photograph of the recipient receiving the award. The presentation will feature in their local newspaper Final prizes will be presented prior to school end in 2013. Students may write about any subjects they choose with points gained for emphasis on the community in which they live. The judging panel will agree on their modus operandi and will suggest special categories during the year.

Description of Concept It is proposed that selected schools having classes in Journalism English expression, and/or writing, compete with two other schools in the West for prizes awarded by a judging panel, on a monthly basis, with a final result and presentation of awards toward the end of the year. Any number of students at each school may participate. Selected articles will be published each month in each area in each participating newspaper with readers requested to take part in a rated judgment. All articles published will carry a byline of the author including a reference to the school or college. In this

Each class teacher will be invited to join the members of the judging panel. A condition of entry for students will be their agreement to have their work published in the participating newspapers together with their photograph. There will be no entry fee or fees to participate. Communication is expected to be via email. All articles created and submitted will be printed and collated in A4 newspaper form and distributed free to all participants in bundles of 20 copies.



TOPIC OF THE MONTH - CYBER BULLYING by Telstra Store Point Cook The way we access the internet today is changing rapidly. Placing the family computer in a public area of the home with a reputable security filter is a good start. But in a day and age of free public Wi-Fi, internet enabled smartphones, laptops, iPads, iPods, tablets, Facebook, twitter, instagram and a wealth of social media sites how well is your family actually protected? This is a question facing many families today and something we regularly discuss with our customers in our Telstra Store each day.

Cyber Bullying

Whenever these inappropriate words or content are used online (by them or directed towards them from another user) an alert is sent to the parent so you can quickly and easily pick up if it is a one off, or if there is a trend occurring. Perhaps one of the most powerful features of this product is that we find it is often a great prompter for parents to have a meaningful conversation with their children about appropriate activities online and how to best protect their privacy. “Once the kids knew we can’t see everything, just certain inappropriate words or content, they were happy” is common feedback we have received from parents.

Cyber bullying is any kind of harassment or bullying done using technology. It can cause great distress, it can be public, distributed very quickly and it can be hard to take down. It can affect people in many different ways and is an unpleasant side of our new online world. “I trust my child when they are online, but how do I know if they are being bullied”? “I trust my child and I don’t want to be a helicopter parent, but I do want to know if they are doing/saying inappropriate things online or if anyone is doing/ saying inappropriate things to them so I can at least have a discussion”? “I would like the added peace of mind, but my kids just think I am spying on them and can see everything they do online”! These are common questions regularly asked by parents in store each day. The good news is there is help at hand. Telstra Bigpond Security offers a unique and affordable online security solution. Telstra Safe Social is cloud based and works no matter where the child uses the social network. It offers enterprise level protection with keystroke protection, which is unavailable in other consumer offerings. It can be tailored to the specific needs or concerns of each individual family member. So in brief how does it work? The parent and child agree on words or content that is inappropriate. 14


Telstra Bigpond Security is available to all existing or new Telstra Bigpond customers. For further information on this product please call us direct on (03) 8348 7755 or drop in and speak to one of our team of product specialists in store at Point Cook Town Centre. Our team are also able to arrange trained technicians to come to your home to professionally install this product through TelstraPlus. Please note additional charges do apply for professional installation of this product. What else can you do to ensure your child’s safety online?

Telstra Store Point Cook Shop 333 Point Cook Town Centre 2 Main and Murnong Street Point Cook (03) 8348 7755

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COMPLIMENTARY HEALTH SUPPORT HYPNOSIS Cath Guerrieri, based in Tarneit, is a qualified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who offers a secure, private and safe environment where she is able to share with you a gentle practice that can make it possible to experience life-changing and deep personal transformation. Hypnosis has been used for centuries as a powerful transforming tool that can help a person access their subconscious mind. It can be used to clear and heal mental blocks, emotional complexes and wounds, change destructive belief patterns and habits and address childhood traumas that still affect you as an adult. It can help a person tap into the unlimited resources within as it works directly with the subconscious. Energy healing is based on the belief that our “life force� creates energy fields within and around our body and that when balanced, can help us to feel good and in harmony with ourselves and our surroundings. Likewise, when these fields are unbalanced due to internal or external stressors, it can create havoc on our sense of wellbeing. This can result in a person experiencing various symptoms such as stress and dis-ease. Energy Healing helps to balance the fields within and around us to bring them back into a healthy harmonious flow. By bringing these two modalities together, (Hypnotherapy and Energetic healing), Hypnoenergetics can have a positive and profound effect on how we see, feel and experience past memories, current thoughts and future perceptions of our own lives. Imagine how life would be like if we could open this archive to release the things that hold us back. Hypnotherapy is one of the few modalities that allows a client to self explore and self empower. Cath Guerrieri has a Diploma of Applied Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Diploma of Counselling. For Bookings and enquiries, Please contact Cath on: 0425 159 646






PEACE IN THE STORM Introducing Local Point Cook Author, Melanie Sparks with her debut book; Peace in the Storm. A beautifully written and illustrated guide aimed for children to comfort and empower them through the journey of when a parent dies. This book allows every child to understand their unique journey of bereavement explaining what happens when you die, how to preserve and cherish memories and how to deal with grief. Author, Melanie Sparks sought assistance for a friend’s daughter when her mother was terminally ill so that she would be able to associate her feelings and experiences with comforting and valid information that not only offered practical support but conveyed it with the feelings of love and peace. Death is one of the most profound experiences of life but Melanie couldn't quite find a written guide that offered the process of death in real terms that connected with the vulnerability of a child experiencing grief and the physical loss of a person who defined security. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to grief and expressing loss, but “Peace in a Storm” offers insightful and inspiring reading and encourages children to create a personal and unique memory of their mother, knowing that they are not alone with what they are feeling. Melanie is an inspiring woman in her own right, juggling motherhood to two young children with a full time career in finance while creating, writing and publishing a “Peace in a Storm”. This debut novel is the first of a series on bereavement, expanding throughout the intricate and dynamic



interpersonal connections we make with all those who have meaning in our lives. Through times of sadness we seek memories and understanding of what it is to live and with support we can in time, once again celebrate life. “Peace in a Storm� offers another place to land softly. Peace in a Storm is a great addition to the family library and the libraries of Child care centres, Kindergartens, Schools, Play groups and support groups. Melanie has generously organised that from the purchase of every book, $1.00 will be donated to the National Centre for Childhood Grief.

For more information; Referral sites, to make a purchase, place an order or to connect with Melanie, please: Email: Website: Facebook: Meet the Author of Peace in a Storm; Melanie Sparks at the official book launch in April 2013. Details to follow.



SCREEN ACTORS AUSTRALIA We are very excited to announce our very first Casting Director at our studio Maria Efthymiopolous from 2Divas Saturday 16th March. Maria is one of leading Casting Directors in Melbourne & we are very fortunate to have her attend our studio. ( She has worked in the industry for over 18 years & is responsible for casting various television commercials & films. 2Divas are constantly looking for new faces for types of advertising campaigns, so we encourage all students & experienced actors from the general public to get involved in this casting session. Maria has never been to our studio, so this be a great opportunity for Screen Actors students & experienced actors from the general public to attend the casting session. All students are required to bring along a headshot & resume on the day before your audition time & this will be kept on 2Divas database for future castings which will open up many more doors for all of our actors. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity please contact the Director Robyn Duse at the studio on 8742 3626 or alternatively email wyndham@ & details for the session are as follows:

via email a few days before the event, so please see me & update all your contact details thankyou. Prior to the audition with Maria, you must workshop your scene with your scene partner at our studio, however it is very important that all participants learn their lines at home before the session. Please feel free to bring along a USB & after the session we will record it for you. We understand that some parts of the Industry are difficult to get your head around when you are starting out & we want you to be as well informed as possible. We see these casting sessions as a fantastic opportunity for Screen Actors actors to begin to get more involved in the industry, improve their confidence and audition technique and ultimately get some acting work. We look forward to an amazing 2013 with many more acting opportunities, Casting sessions & celebrity workshops coming soon to our Studio. Thankyou Director: Robyn Duse

Where: Screen Actors Studio- Level 1 , 93 Watton Street Werribee When: Saturday 16th March Cost: $60 has to be paid prior to the day (Please Note: Please provide 48 hours notice if you cannot attend the audition or you will still need to pay for the session) Time: All students must arrive at our studio at 12.15 pm for an industry related talk given from Maria & a 15 minute timeslot will be allocated prior to the date for your audition. Other information: You will be provided with a script to learn, a scene partner & an audition time





Community Board Easter Sunday CHAT, COFFEE AND CRAFT GROUP

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Point Cook Playgroup Point Cook Playgroup focuses on teaching through play for 0 – 5yr olds in a safe and friendly social environment. We run from Jamieson Way community Centre on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Limited places are still available. For any enquiries please contact enrolments at:


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LAVERTON COMMUNITY CHOIR The Laverton Community Choir invites you to attend 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.

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Learn to make Hot Cross Buns and Chocolates Seabrook Community Centre is conducting Easter cooking workshops on Monday 18th and 25th March. Learn how to make your own hot cross buns and chocolates. The next Pediatric First aid course for parents and careers of babies and young children is on Saturday, 13th April from 9.15 until 11.30. The centre also hosts a range of activities and programs for children and adults including dance, pilates, jujitsu, art, exercise, craft and music. Please phone 9932 3010, or see for further information.

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MARCH READING Will my son come back into my care in the next few years? Does my daughter Angelica watch over Steven and me?

Hello Lisa There is sadness in your voice that seems to have been vibrating throughout your digestive system for a long time. Your heart chakra is depleted and there is an aching within. Many a time you place a smile on your face, but gently underneath, and if someone truly looks into your eyes, they will see a melancholy. I feel that you have a lower back ach that is connected to your sacral chakra. This chakra holds the expression of your creative and sexual energies that give you the ability to extend out and receive nurturing, develop or move forward with new projects and can inhibit your ability to integrate comfortably with others. In some ways you may be feeling stifled both financially and creatively. Your confidence in your skill base is suffering at present but you have an incredible empathy and understanding of others and this alone creates the ability to heal and evoke change in others. Move forward confidently and strongly with the work that truly expresses who you are or provokes you with a sense of connection to yourself and others. Your challenge at the moment is to develop your inner power by being honest and at peace with yourself. Your son feels safe and at peace and he says that he hasn`t felt this happy in a while. He feels very connected to both parents and does not judge one as better than the other. He is searching for a calmness that he so naturally exudes. What a special young man. He has a generous and loving heart and extends warm, strong


and loving hugs to everyone! He says he doesn’t want to make you sad as at times he takes this burden on. Why does he have to prove how much he loves you? He says you make him laugh all the time and when he looks into your eyes at these moments he feels proud and happy that you are his mummy. He wanted you to know that financial success will be yours within 5 years. If you would like to bring this time frame closer, choose to believe that you are competent and capable; which you truly are! You will be a highly accomplished worker in your field and will publish some of your work in the near future. Talking in front of an audience is closer than you think as I see you walking around in front of people with a microphone pinned to your ear. Your eyes are shining and your smile is electric. Angelica extends her love to you both and she does this very gently, like a gentle breeze flowing over your right cheek. Her spirit is fairly light, fragrant, cool and very powerful in her ability to send you both love and care. She chats to Steven frequently but less frequently now that he is older. She says his mind is filling up with talking, reading and over viewing all the cool things he has done during the day. Sometimes she says that he finds it hard to settle at night because he doesn’t want to lose his memories of the day. He will probably be a journal writer at some point, so that he won’t forget anything! He will be a good scholar and enjoy his time at University.

Steven wants to achieve great things in this life time and meet and connect with as many people and places as possible. Travel for him will be a natural extension of himself and necessary to achieve balance in his life. He will be bilingual and has a wonderful energy


that expresses a strong and beautiful connection to humanity. Angelica wants you to know that she is “right there” and not somewhere where you can’t talk or feel her. She will be mostly on your right side and she says that this is where you need the most support. If you are right handed, it is to support you moving forward personally and professionally with confidence and strength. If left handed, she is there to emotionally support personal growth and reconnection to self and others, particularly your mother and or your own mothering!

FAILED in anything! You have met challenges with strength and sometimes with tears but you have stood your ground. Don`t be afraid to express yourself, your beauty, your gentleness and your incredible ability to heal and comfort others. Thank you for allowing me the pleasure to read for you. You are truly incredible.

Blessings Mya Ashley.

Finally, your Grandmother on your mother’s side is here to tell you how proud she is of you, who you are and all the amazing things you will achieve in this lifetime. She is often with your daughter and would like me to tell you that you will hold your child again. She says that she giggles a lot just like you did when you were little and that she is wearing her favourite baby pink cardigan all the time. She says that Angelica says that it has your scent on it and that she will never take it off until you see her in it again. Bye mummy! Neither doubt yourself, your capabilities, your strength, your love of your son, family and friends nor doubt how much you are loved in return. YOU HAVE NOT



Point Cook Gardens




Prepare your garden bed for spring flowering bulbs by adding some organic compost and manure into the soil then digging it over at least twice. Make sure it’s spread through evenly to avoid too much nitrogen build up in one area.

Being so hot one day and hotter the next, fingers crossed it rains soon enough to cool and moisten the garden. But in the mean time help to create some humidity around the garden by hanging up some aluminium cans around the garden. Fill them with water and suspend them with string tied off some frame work or garden stakes at about 1.5mtr above the ground.

Allow the soil to rest for 2 to 3 weeks before digging it over once again and planting, by then all spring flowering bulbs will be available at all good nurseries and garden centres. Lawns Many of you who still haven’t set up a grey water system and with the lack of rain I bet your lawn areas would be looking pretty miserable by now. If you live in an area where there is clay soil, I bet the ground by now would be as hard as concrete and if for some miracle when it decides to rain, that precious water that lands on the lawn area will simply wash away down the drain. To give your lawns any chance of growing you will need to start aerating the areas to help water penetrate through below the surface. Use a garden fork and punch as many holes as you can wiggling the fork back and forward each time you push it into the ground. Doing this will help the soil to breath and allow the water to soak deep below the surface where it is really needed the most.

This crazy little invention offers three benefits to the garden. 1. They scare the birds away by their reflection and bright colours 2. During hot days the cans heat up causing the water to evaporate therefore creating humidity in the garden 3. Handy to have near by to wash your hands when you finish gardening and the water goes straight into the garden too. Vasili's Garden & Cafe 21-25 Munro St, Coburg Ph: (03) 9386 0491 or 1300 627 374 Cafe/Restaurant: (03) 9948 4056 Email:

Flowering plants Prune back strong flowering plants like, lavender and daisies in preparation for another summer flush of flowers. Prune back geraniums and pelargonium to prepare them for winter flowering but don’t throw the cuttings away. Propagate the stems by trimming them to about 100mm in length, removing the bottom half of the foliage and planting them in some propagating mix. Use some cutting hormone if you’re not confident with your strike rate and liquid feed them a couple of times with Seasol to get them going. 26




Famous Quotes "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer" - Albert Einstein "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up" - Mark Twain "By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day." – Robert Frost "Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles Schulz "Life begins at 40 - but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times." - Helen Rowland I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock. - Henny Youngman




Laugh Out Loud A young Law student, having failed his Law exam, goes up to his crusty old professor, who is renowned for his razor-sharp legal mind. The following exchange ensues:

student's failing mark into an "A" as agreed, and the student goes away, very pleased.

Student: "Sir, do you really understand everything about this subject?

question all afternoon, but still can't get the answer. So finally he calls in a group of his brightest students and tells them he has a really, really tough question to answer: "What is legal but not logical, logical but not legal, and neither logical nor legal? "

Professor: "Actually, I probably do. Otherwise I wouldn't be a professor, would I?" Student: "OK. So I'd like to ask you a question. If you can give me the correct answer, I will accept my marks as it is. If you can't give me the correct answer, however, you'll have to give me an "A".

The professor continues to wrack his brain over the

To the professor's surprise (and embarrassment), all the students immediately raise their hands.

Professor: "Hmmmm, alright. So what's the question?"

"All right" says the professor and asks his favourite student to answer. "It's quite easy, sir" says he student. "You see, you are 75 years old and married to a 30 year old woman, which is legal, but not logical.

Student: "What is legal but not logical, logical but not legal, and neither logical nor legal? "

Your wife has a 22 year old lover, which is logical, but not legal.

The professor wracks his famous brain, but just can't crack the answer. Finally he gives up and changes the

And your wife's lover failed his exam but you've just given him an "A", which is neither legal, nor logical".





@SOCIALMEDIAMONS: YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATION Social Kindness. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Yet so many people find it hard to use their manners on social media! As an arm-chair political tweeter I am often trolled on Twitter. It is a very unpleasant experience to have tweets bombard you a rate of knots, full of vitriol and hate. What annoys me even more is how baseless most of the attacks are - they have literally no substance what so ever. There are several ways to deal with Twitter Trolls – and certainly engaging with them is not recommended. Block - Report is the way to go; and I’ve done this on several occasions. But over the past week I’ve found a little social kindness can be an effective way of dealing with the ferociously avid Tweeter, who while not quite in the Troll league, makes their displeasure with your Tweets known. Me: You have some very valid points and I wish you well, you bring facts to the table. A nice change. #auspol Them: thanks and all the best. I'm taken aback by someone being nice on Twitter, all the best. Huh … social-kindness … who would have thought? Nicole Matejic @socialmediamons



ROTARY CLUB OF LAVERTON POINT COOK Rotary is famous for its highly successful student exchange program where students spend a year in another country and learn about another culture whilst fast tracking their own personal development. Local student Claire Pepin recently returned from her year in Brazil that was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook and gave us an amazing presentation on her time there and what she had learnt. She outlined her time at school, experiencing Mardi Gras, and her time on “Safari� up the Amazon. Her presentation was one the best the club has heard and how much Claire had grown in confidence from her experience really shone through. The club gave Claire a welcome home gift and Claire gave a well-deserved gift to her Exchange Cocoordinator Christina Boys for her efforts before, during and after her time away. Claire will be a great ambassador for our club and has expressed interest in remaining involved in the program where she will present to overseas students staying here for a year. Upcoming club service projects include a BBQ on Cleanup Australia Day (3/3/13) plus we will also be doing a BBQ for Point Cook CFA Good Friday Door Knock appeal on 29/3/13. Plus in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Point Gellibrand and Williamstown a new playground/fort for the Laverton Autistic school is about to get underway. To find out more about our club please go to www. or Come along and join us as Rotary provides fun, fulfilment and many opportunities for personal growth.

Local Rotary exchange student Claire Pepin reports back on her year in Brazil 32






MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD Voting is the foundation of our nation’s democracy. From the very beginnings of Australia, the right to have your say has been fundamental. And with Australia set to go to the polls on 14 September, I would like to urge eligible Point Cook residents to make sure that they are enrolled to vote. Elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard, and unfortunately too many local residents miss out on being able to vote, simply because they're not enrolled. If you’re an Australian citizen and aged 18 or over, you need to be enrolled to vote. Eligible 17 year olds, who will turn 18 before or on 14 September, are also entitled to vote and should enrol now. I’d also like to encourage anyone who thinks their details may not be up-to-date to check with the

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) as soon as possible. Voters with old or inaccurate enrolment information may miss out on the chance to have their say at the ballot box. As elections are all about having your say, it’s really important eligible voters act soon to ensure they can vote on 14 September. To check if you're enrolled to vote visit au/check or call the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26 for assistance.

THE HON JULIA GILLARD MP Prime Minister and Federal Member for Lalor 2/36 Synnot Street, Werribee 3030 Ph: 9742 5800



Dog Allergies!

Pets Corner So you are sick of watching your dog scratching away at itself, nibbling or licking at their feet or their backsides and just overall looking completely miserable. You can never work out the cause, as you have already de-flead them and the environment and tried every product on the market. Allergies seem to be occurring a lot more frequently in dogs these days. These allergens can be from food ingredients, grasses, dander, dust, mould, shampoos, fleas and flea control products. General symptoms of allergies may be itchy, red skin that feels warm on palpation, dandruff, scabbed skin, rashes, itchy back or base of tail, constant licking, paw chewing, and stains on feet, itchy ears and frequent ear infections.


Adding essential fatty acids in the diet, such as fish or flax seed oil will highly benefit your dog. Omega’s are a natural anti-inflammatory and help reduce itching skin and dandruff considerably, along with contributing to a healthy shiny coat. The oil can be easily mixed with your dogs’ food, but majority of the time they will happily lick it off a spoon. Extremely effective is coconut oil, which has antiinflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This works great within the diet, and can be added to food by the spoonful. It helps prevent yeast and bacterial infections, reduce inflammation and improves overall health of the skin and coat. If there are specific areas on your dog’s skin which seems quite sore, red and/or inflamed, placing coconut oil topically on these areas can also benefit. Aloe Vera and pawpaw ointment can be applied to red, inflamed areas for its soothing, cooling and healing effects. Both of these products are both affordable and easily purchased at a pharmacy or health food store. Chamomile and green tea are other favorites, which can be used effectively in any type of dermatitis.


Chamomile is used for its anti-inflammatory and healing benefits, and green tea for its ability to block histamine production, therefore reducing the allergic response. You can use chamomile and green tea as a rinse, by steeping a couple of bags in 2 cups of hot water, and applying the cooled tea over your dog, allowing them air dry. Using oats is another method to help soothe and nourish the skin. You can cook the oatmeal in water until it turns into a wet paste, and then leave to cool before applying to affected areas. Or you can make an oatmeal bath by blending oatmeal into powdered form, filling a bath of warm water, and adding the oatmeal powder. Allow your dog to soak for 10-15 minutes for the most effective results. Once dry, the oatmeal helps protect the skin and should help prevent further itching. If you suspect your dog has an allergy, be sure to take them to a veterinarian, especially if you see your dog is suffering. If the itching becomes chronic it can lead into other bacterial and yeast infections, which we definitely all want to avoid. Cindy Taylor Natural Perfection- Professional Dog Grooming 0421-446-764



CALL TO JOIN MASTERS OF AN AGE–OLD GAME ‘There are not many opportunities for over 35 year olds to get together and enjoy a sporting release in a team environment’ – Brett Cook

Age is no barrier for the boys at Werribee Masters Australian Rules Football Club. Werribee Masters football has been established since 1983 at first playing in the Country Division of Masters football. The club stepped up to join the Metropolitan Division of Masters Football in 2007. Werribee Masters Australian Football Club completed its first season in the Premier Division of Masters football. Since the club joined the Metropolitan Division of Masters football five years ago the club has won three grand Finals and has been promoted to the Premier Division of Master’s football. After a season of consolidating their position in the Premier Division in 2012, Werribee are looking forward to a successful year and require new players of all ages and skill levels for the coming season. The club is looking forward to another great year in 2013. New players are needed to join a fun and family oriented club for the coming footy season. Werribee have three teams playing masters footy, the Master’s Over 35’s, the Supers Over 40’s and a Legends Over 47’s team. Players need to be turning 35 in 2013 to be eligible to play in the Masters competition. The club play triple headers at all home and away games in and around Melbourne metropolitan area, games are only played every fortnight, allowing ample time for the body to recover. All players are guaranteed a game. The Werribee Masters Australian Football Club has been established for 30 years and play home games from Chirnside Oval which has excellent facilities for both playing and social functions. The club is putting the call out for more members. 38


Werribee Masters Coach Brett Cook, said the benefit of a physical sport such as Australian Rules for men approaching middle age were not readily available else where in Wyndham. ‘There are not many opportunities for over 35 year olds to get together and enjoy a sporting release in team environment. The club also has a great family atmosphere so that everyone is catered for on game days’ Werribee Masters Australian Football club does precisely that and the club is looking forward to another successful season in the metro and country leagues of AFL master’s football. Games are only played every fortnight and not on public holidays the season starts in late April, playing every two weeks allowing ample time for the body to recover. The club has great camaraderie, spirit and a very enjoyable social atmosphere. For more details contact Jason Bezzina on 0488 456 756 or visit our web site at




Tasty recipes from your local Altona greengrocer. All ingredients available at Pauls Shop

Place mushrooms on BBQ flat side to the grill

FLAT MUSHROOM PIZZA Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin B and are a wonderful side dish for BBQ meat or as a vegetarian option. Look for mushrooms with firm, dry skin and store in a paper bag in the fridge. Don't wash mushrooms - just wipe them with a damp paper towel. Remove the stems for this dish or simply slice and use as desired. Ingredients Large Mushrooms (quantity variable) Parmesan Cheese Bacon Oregano Chives 1 x Red Onion 1 x Red capsicum Worcestershire sauce


In a fry pan or on a solid grill. Place bacon (sliced or diced), red onion & capsicum. Fry until ingredients are caramelised. Pile the frypan ingredients into the mushroom hollow. Place thinly sliced parmesan on top of filling. Reduce heat. Sprinkle mushrooms with chopped oregano & chives. Place a splash or Worcestershire sauce over each mushroom. Mushrooms are ready when the cheese has gently melted over the top of the mushroom filling. Enjoy! Pauls Fruit Shop Is located: 74 Railway Street South Altona VIC 3018(03) 9315 0144 (Phone orders welcome) All fruit and vegetables supplied for this recipe were given with generosity from Paul. Support your community, buy local


A NEW DIRECTION IN 2013 We are well into 2013 and now is a good time to reflect on your business over the past 12 months, if you have not already done so. You should be looking at what worked and what didn't, did you attract enough customers, we're they the right kind of customers, did they come back again and again. Were the services you offer in demand, do they need to be reviewed, was your pricing set correctly to gain the most profit, did your marketing give you the return on investment you expected? These are just a few if the things I suggest you have a think about, because just a small tweak to any of them in the right direction could make a massive positive impact on your bottom line. Allow me to give you a quick example, Let's just set some basic parameters, remember this is just an example. Let's say you average 100 customers a day and the average sale is $25.00 total income $2500.00. and from those sales, You make 30% profit which makes yours costs $1750.00 profit = $750.00 I am going to illustrate how by making minor adjustments to just 3 areas of your business by a small 5% how this can make a major increase to your profits. With a little effort I'm sure you could attract an additional 5% of your 100 customers, Total customers = 105 increase your prices by 5%

$25.00 + $1.25 = $26.25 (would anyone really notice the additional $1.25?) Increase the average spend by 5%, i.e. take a tip from McDonalds, ask if they would like fries with that or whatever goes with your service. $26.25 x 1.05 = $27.56 So now we have 105 customers spending an average of $27.56 .... Total income $2897.00 Costs are still $1750.00 Previous profit $750.00 New profit $2897 -$1750 = $1145 Additional profit = $1145.00 - $750.00 = $395.00 which is approximately a: 65% increase nett profit. Therefore by just tweaking 3 areas of your business by a small amount, the compounding effect can have major impact on your bottom line you. So if you are an action taker and want to grow your business then start tweaking or if you would like more details of how to apply these techniques and even more ideas we have to help you increase your bottom line, call me now on 1300 577 971 to arrange a free 30 minute consultation, no cost, no problem, no strings attached !! Fred Gillen

1300 577 971



COURAGE Courage is helped by a chemical reaction: The hero’s mind quickens; he tucks in his chin; As like a tiger, he springs into action, His body releases adrenaline. If he’s a soldier, his training kicks in, Reads the terrain, seeking opportunity, His actions ruled by well-drilled discipline, Risking his life in pursuit of victory. But there are brave men who have no training, Who quickly respond without reflection, Like when someone’s in danger of drowning; Such people ask for no recognition. All too often, an act of bravery, Risking of life for no personal gain, Has ended in failure and tragedy, The loss of a loved one, anguish and pain. For there are more dead heroes than live ones, Those making the ultimate sacrifice, In rescue attempts, or under the gun, Who’ve ignored that “Never volunteer” advice. Thrill seekers choose to pursue extreme sport; Sky diving and base jumping are very strong wine; Altruistic motivation is nought; It’s done for that rush of adrenaline. Courage is nobility of spirit: If you’ve faced up to danger and survive, There’s no life experience that can match it; When life’s on the line, you feel more alive. Jack Nystrom, Friday, 6 April, 2012. 42


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