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Issue 44, September 2013





The Around Point Cook Community Newspaper is distributed in Point Cook








As daffodils begin to appear in garden beds all over town and cherry blossoms burst into color, the promise of warmer days ahead fills my heart with joy! If you are anything like me, you have been hibernating for quite awhile now. Well, shake off your winter coats people – spring has sprung! Just as winter had me tucked up inside, finding comfort in food and avoiding social occasions that didn’t have a dress code of pyjamas – spring will lure me back outdoors. Fathers Day is sure to have people firing up barbeques in backyards everywhere. It is a brilliant way to celebrate dad’s special day. Of course, with footy finals also upon us, it is probably best to just keep those gas bottles topped up, as lamb chops, sausages and salads, replace soups and casseroles as the meal of choice. Spring is the perfect time to embrace your inner gardener. Vegie patches are all the rage these days

and I for one will be hoping to produce some pretty delicious crops this year. My three-year-old daughter loves to get her hands dirty and there is honestly no better way to get your kids eating vegetables, than to involve them in the garden-to-plate process. As our insides benefit from all those fresh vegies, our outsides can benefit from dusting off our bicycles and taking advantage of the many bike trails in the Wyndham area. The trails are also great for prams and the pavement pounders among us. Given that most of the tracks run alongside our beautiful nature reserves, it is such an awesome way of taking in our local wildlife. The warmer months of spring and summer have always been my favorite, but with my little girl in tow, I’ve found myself more excited than ever. As other parents can attest, life is just better with children – their enthusiasm for all things, no matter how small, is infectious. As the sun makes more regular appearances, my daughter knows that trips to the park will also become more regular. continued page 3

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FROM THE EDITOR The hustle and bustle of the Point Cook Town Centre is something I regularly enjoy. Not so much lately as I have been recovering from surgery, but it is certainly a good snapshot of the Point Cook Community. I noticed that they removed the stage from the entry way of the centre. I must say I used to enjoy hearing the various events going on there from time to time but it does open the entrance up quite a bit. I have asked our staff & volunteers to fill out some questionnaires, as I intend to write some “get to know us” type articles in the upcoming issues. I also asked them to send me a photo that they are willing to publish. I am still waiting for those to come through… People are so shy when it comes to that sort of thing. But I think it is great to know who provides you with a good read each month.

The other thing we need as well are for people to give us tips on what events we should be getting our writers to. Interesting local event tips. So if you come across any good events, email them through so we can try and get someone there.: Lastly I would like to encourage anyone reading this to LIKE our Facebook page located at: aroundpointcookcommunitynewspaper If you link up to that page you can read the paper online as soon as it is ready, you can also stay informed about what is going on locally. This also provides a good forum to let us know events that may be taking place that we can then cover for the paper. I wish you all the best for the upcoming month.

We have had a great response to our “Need A Writer” advertisements. I have been in contact with a couple of people from Point Cook who are keen to get involved in writing on current events. This is fantastic.

Regards Daniel Allen

PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER Jack’s New Book of Poems Our Poet Laureate, Jack Nystrom, has written over 800 poems over the last few years and his new collection is in the process of being printed Jack tells me that most every night, his Muse wakes him, and thoughts about a new poem cause him to makes notes ready for creation in the morning, Jack has selected over 400 poems covering many chapters on various subjects, some of which you may have seen printed in the paper each month. Publication is scheduled to be available for you to use the new book as a low cost Christmas gift available as a downloadable file direct from the Internet at $9.95. It will also be available in a gift packaged DVD form.

You can prepay $9.95 and have the email automatically sent to your email address or direct to your gift recipient at a date selected by you. It is intended the printed book will also be available prior to Christmas. The site to see the Cover and the Chapter headings together with a selection of the poems is nittygrittybusiness. com/jacksbookofpoems. Bill McPherson

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As a resident of Point Cook, aren’t we just spoiled for choice when it comes to parks? My personal favorite is Bayview Park in the Alamanda Estate – that pirate ship is a sight to behold. Wyndham in general, is a pretty fantastic place to live in the warmer weather. Werribee Park is always a great place to visit, but with the rose garden in full bloom, spring is the ideal time to check it out. Being so close to the coast means that from Williamstown to Altona - Point Cook to Werribee, beautiful beaches surround us. There is so much to look forward to over the coming months in our little corner of the world. Events such as the Tall Ships Festival in Williamstown, The Werribee Cup and the Twilight Street Markets, give locals plenty of reasons to stick close to home this season. Melissa Longo Photos: Jasmine Hill

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This September school holidays the Youth Holiday Action program will keep our young people aged 12 to 15 busy, and your local library has something for the whole family. The Youth Holiday Action program for September opens for bookings on Monday, 9 September 2013. Harrison Ward Councillor Glenn Goodfellow said it is always very popular because of the great activities on offer – including excursion days to the Royal Melbourne Show, the Melbourne Zoo, Leisure Link indoor water playground in Geelong, Luna Park and a day of shopping/movies and competitions. There are also activities such as laser wars where you can challenge your mates and the great YRC bake-off, where you can compete to make the tastiest baked


goods. There is also a Halloween scream day with costumes and scary movies, and a strange science day where you can try experiments and ‘strange’ sandwiches.

Wyndham Libraries offers a range of September school holiday activities for family members of all ages, including free movie nights and a yoga class suitable for everyone. If you’ve always wanted to try Hip Hop or circus tricks, there are free classes at the Library to help you develop the skills. Or you can create some craft or Lego, or join others for board games, stories and songs.

To view the full Youth Holiday Action September program, call 8734 1355 or visit http://youth. Bookings are essential and open from Monday 9 September. Places are limited. To view the full list of September Holiday activites at the libraries, visit and click on the Event Calendar to book. Some Library events require booking in advance.


IN PURSUIT OF MIRACLES Creative writing by Melissa Longo. Cassie Brooks was a party girl. Always hosting the kind of gatherings that everybody wanted to come to and nobody wanted to leave. She knew how to take care of people – a skill she no doubt garnered from her father Wayne. Despite a heavy workload and the responsibility of caring solely for two teenage daughters, Wayne opened up his home to troubled youths, in an effort to lend a hand wherever he could. Fast-forward ten years and it is easy to see that Cassie’s natural inclination to care for people has not waivered – it has simply strengthened. The onetime hostess with the mostest has blossomed into a super-mum to three children under the age of eight, a loving wife and most recently a university student. She is studying to develop her skills as a professional caregiver, attempting a double degree in nursing and midwifery. Cassie is a list maker – chores and reminders, to keep all the balls up in the air – today’s list stares her down like an unrepentant youth, yet for the 30 minutes or so that I have her attention, it is undivided. Cassie is both engaging and thoughtful, despite her folded arms. As the waitress brings over her chocolaty cupcake and chai latte, she visibly relaxes - it is obvious how much she treasures these small moments of selfindulgence and with the ever expanding work load of her demanding life, it is easy to imagine why. Speaking between sips of chai, she reveals the motivation for her late foray into university, “I want to be the best support person I can for the hardest experience of a woman's life. I love seeing fresh's a miracle


and I hope to see at least 10 miracles a day for the rest of my career. I had excellent midwives - I want to pay it forward. I feel a little bit old . . . I’ll get there.” At 32 years of age, Cassie is hardly old, but starting life as a full time student has been daunting for the stay at home mum. A mother often experiences guilt at individual pursuits - Cassie is no different, “My middle son is in prep . . . I feel like I haven’t given him enough time, but he doesn’t know he’s missing out . . . it’s more my conscience. And my daughter’s in childcare – that’s a bit hard . . . she has a little cry.” The light in Cassie’s eyes shines brightest whenever the conversation turns to her children; the love that emanates through her is all encompassing - it is difficult to imagine her in a role other than motherhood. The feelings are reciprocated; when talking to her son Kane, he expresses warmly how proud he is of his mum, “She is way busier, but that’s OK!” “My kids are excited for me; my son (Kane) asks me how uni is, all the time and my husband is really supportive – he was just . . . ’Go for it! You can do it!’” Surrounded by so much love and support, Cassie is the perfect advocate for the philosophy that you get out what you put in. Looking to the future she speaks with determination, “There’s no option – I want to finish (university)!” As she sips her last mouthful of chai and I signal the end of my interview, Cassie exhales briefly and asks me softly “Was that OK?” once again displaying that warm, caring nature.

COMMUNITY CENTRES – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Ever thought about trying some belly or salsa dancing? How about getting some tutoring in maths or English or joining other over 50s for coffee and a chat? Term 3 and 4 courses and activities at your local community centre are now out and the options available are amazing. Wyndham City has 16 community centres operating across the City with a huge range of activities on offer. Cr Adele Hegedich said community centres play a vital role in providing services close to home, supporting community learning and bringing people together. “Community centres support learning across your lifetime. We have playgroup and toy libraries, through to homework help and tutoring and then Certificate courses that can help you start or develop your career,” Cr Hegedich said. “Older adults can join the University of the Third Age (U3A) and keep their learning going, or just have

some fun at something like a social craft group or Be Wise Yoga for all Ages.” “Community Centres offer facilities for our multicultural community, providing support for groups like the Sathya Sai Organisation of Australia and Papua New Guinea and Tamil language classes.” “You could also get healthy and active with a walking group, a meditation course, some flaming 50s rock and roll, boot camp or Kung Fu.” “And don’t forget the environment – we have food swaps and the Australian Plant Society.” “All Centres also have community spaces or meeting rooms available for hire, so if there is nothing on offer that you like, create a group of your own and come and join us.” For more information and contact details for your local Community, access the term brochure at comcentres/activites


In Brief HANGING OUT AT THE WERRIBEE MEN’S SHED. Hanging out at the Werribee Men’s Shed is great for meeting new friends and being creative. Peter Vaux who is one of our regular members has a great talent for creating many marvelous creations to sell on market days to make a few quid for the shed. Among these creations are these very impressive hanging bird decorations.

Many of the men here are amazingly talented and really enjoy spending the day chatting away while working in their projects. With different areas to work within there is something for everyone. Gardening, welding, bicycle refurbishment, carpentry, or just sitting around the able having a cuppa and a chat. So if you are at a loose end and want to check us out, come down to 57a Kookaburra Ave Werribee on a Tuesday or Thursday between 9 am and 3 pm and join in.

JOIN THE POSITIVE AGEING NETWORK Wyndham City is looking for interested individuals or groups to join the Positive Ageing Network. The Network meets 3 times per year and is currently seeking new members and nominations for the position of Chair at their meeting on 27th September, 2013. Wyndham Mayor, Cr Heather Marcus, said the Network includes both community members with an interest in supporting older adults and organisations that provide advocacy and services. The Network supports mature adults, retirees and senior people to look after their physical, emotional and financial health and well-being so they can engage, build positive relationships and continue to contribute.


Over the coming year, the Network will work on improving information and local transport as well as making the system of service provision easier to navigate and focusing on equity for special needs groups. Getting involved in a working group can be a great way to influence these issues. Come and join the Network and help Wyndham City better support older adults. If you like to Chair, join us at the September meeting where a vote will be held. The Chair’s role is to represent the group on a wider stage and to ensure the smooth running of the group. For more information contact Alex Smith on 8734 5461 or



The eyes of Hobson’s Bay will be drawn to the horizon as nine historic tall ships prepare to dock in Williamstown. You would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time looking at these vessels, as they have played many important roles in maritime history as well as being a stunning visual spectacle. From September the 6th to the 14th nine tall ships will descend on Williamstown’s foreshore as part of Melbourne’s first major International Tall Ships Festival. Five of the nine ships arriving hail from the United Kingdom, Indonesia and the Netherlands, whilst four originate from Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne. It will be the first time in around a century Williamstown has played host to such a vast amount of tall ships, an event that is sure to generate excitement amongst history lovers and locals alike. To celebrate this historically significant event, Seaworks in Williamstown will host a Maritime


Festival. On September the 7th and 8th, captain of the Sea Shepherd Sid Chakravarty and paralympic sailor Michael McLean are amongst some of the people hosting informative talks, activities for the kids will also be running. “The Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival is an opportunity to share the Seaworks site so the public can see our vision for a working maritime precinct focusing on education” said Seaworks chairman Trevor Huggard. Hobson’s Bay councillor Angela Altair also believes the Festival will be a hit with the public. “Williamstown is the perfect home for this international event and I know that locals and visitors alike will turn out in numbers to welcome the ships and their crews. It will be an impressive sight.” Details about the ships arrival and viewing times, as well as more information about the Seaworks Festival can be found on their website By Melissa Haber

LAVERTON PARK TENNIS CLUB (MERTON STREET, LAVERTON) The team of coaches and committee once again warmly welcome all readers to this issue. CONGRATULATIONS go out to five of our teams, both junior and senior, for reaching the finals stage of WRTA Winter competition and wish them all the best for a successful finals campaign with the strength of bringing home some more pennants of success. As always we encourage more players to join so if there is interest from potential players contact us for more info. WRTA SUMMER COMPETITIONS: Teams have now been finalised and the club is encouraged that there are two new teams competing for and on behalf of the club with the season commencing late October. We are always looking for new members and players even to be named as ‘emergencies’ with emphasis on expanding our mixed team players and also appealing to our female readers (all ages) to set up mixed and ladies teams for various competitions but also to our Juniors base both boys and girls. Don’t forget our motto is: “Tennis is fun for everyone”. MLC HOT SHOTS FOR JUNIORS: Registrations are still being taken for Term 4 activities so if you have young ones aged 5 to 12 years old that are keen in an initiative to introduce juniors to the pleasures of tennis with focus being on enjoying playing the game with friends and being a good sport in this non-contact sport whilst encouraging healthy participation then please contact our family friendly and all-inclusive club for further details. Parents also become involved with assisting on court.

7:30pm to 9:30pm. Just turn up and enjoy or call for further info if needed. Four courts now available so first in first served. PRIVATE AND GROUP LESSSONS: Monday nights at the courts - group lessons for adults with our Head Coach Brendan. With the club being fortunate to not only have Brendan but also two other qualified coaches there is ample opportunity for other lessons with group, squad, and private lessons being conducted throughout the week. Further info call Brendan directly. Until next month, good wishes to all readers, stay safe and keep hitting winners.

For further information feel free to contact us: Brendan J. O’Brien. Susanne Crotch TCAV/TPA, Junior Secretary Advanced & Accredited. Ph: 03 9360 7905 Ph: 03 9398 2339 / 0407 552 828. email:

OUR COURTS ARE FOR HIRE: Courts at our club are now available for general hire Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm at very generous hire rates and subject to conditions in respect of attire and respect of facilities. WEDNESDAY SOCIAL NIGHTS: Don’t forget this is a great way to come and enjoy a hit and meet new people with no obligation every Wednesday



Werribee River’s 110 kilometre part of life in Wyndham was celebrated in a creative exhibition calling on expressions of how we experience it. Photographs, stories and poetry were welcomed to the evolving installation. The City of Werribee ‘s name is derived from one of four names used for the river. The Aboriginal words Weariby (spine or backbone) and Yallock (stream) were broken down to Werribee, as we know it today. The result included a glimpse of the water at sunset and photographs of the joy of watching ducks interact with children and their surroundings.


Words were added to the wall and in a folder, the content of which may be used for the Current Wyndham History Project, run by Wyndham Library. All in all, the exhibition was a contemporary take on this mighty, historically significant part of our city. Wyndham Art Gallery will host a new exhibition in September called SUSTAIN, a gathering of the work of fourteen artists creating an expression of sustainability by topic or via the materials and processes used. - Petronella Boonen


More than 33 per cent of Wyndham residents were born overseas, over 25 per cent from countries where English is not the first language and 100 languages other than English are spoken by the City’s residents, such as Filipino, Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic and Punjabi. Wyndham City is therefore establishing a Cultural Diversity Community Reference Group to provide advice on the process and development of the City’s Cultural Diversity Policy and Action Plan. The Plan will guide Council’s approach to issues affecting the City’s culturally and linguistically diverse residents over the next four years and will be based on significant engagement and consultation with the community. Chaffey Ward Councillor, Gautam Gupta, who will Chair the Group, said Wyndham is becoming one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse municipalities in metropolitan Melbourne. “Wyndham City is committed to actively promoting

cultural diversity by supporting programs and events that foster understanding and help celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism,” Cr Gupta said. This Plan will provide a clear direction for Council to address issues including how to effectively communicate with and engage people from cultural and linguistically diverse communities. It will also look at ensuring Council is delivering the services required by our multicultural communities, celebrating diversity and building harmony through events and promotion of an inclusive City which respects and values people of all cultures.” The group will play an important role in helping to shape our Cultural Diversity Policy and Action Plan and to ensure Council is fully equipped to meet the needs of Wyndham’s emerging communities. For more information on Wyndham City’s Cultural Diversity Policy and Action Plan phone 9742 0777 or visit


SMALLTALK PLAYGROUPS with a trained facilitator”. “You can learn strategies to help develop your child’s early learning with the support of a trained facilitator, you can meet other parents and carers and you can give your child a chance to meet and play with other children”.

If you’ve got a little one aged between 6 and 12 months, you could probably use some smalltalk. Smalltalk is a program set up by the State Government to support playgroups for children aged 6 to 12 months, they run for 6 weeks and are free to participate in.

Cr Bourke said: “smalltalk playgroups began as a research project designed to find out how best to help parents of young children to provide a positive home learning environment for their child. A total of 2000 parents with children under 3 years of age took part in the project”.

“Research shows that children are greatly influenced by the way their parents interact with them each day, and from a young age,” said Cr Shane Bourke.

“This has now been extended to 18 local government areas across Victoria, and I encourage Wyndham residents to take up this opportunity for free support and a great start to your child’s development.”

“The smalltalk playgroup is designed to help you and your child develop through a weekly group session

For more information, or to join a smalltalk playgroup in your area, call Natacha Buchanan on 9742 8181.


GET TO KNOW US: JANET CRAMPTON elderly cat from the RSPCA a year ago called Gypsy. When did you join us & how did this come about? I cannot remember exactly when I joined you but I just saw an advert in Around Point Cook for volunteers and met with Will and Bill for a coffee. What are your main roles undertaken at this great community newspaper?

I sent around some questions to each of our volunteer staff. The first brave person to respond was Janet. I have included the questions and answers below. I hope this will provide an insight over the months to the people that work hard at bringing you this great local read. What is your name and do you have any pets? My name is Janet Crampton, and we adopted an

I do the proof reading. It’s the first time I have done anything for a community newspaper and thought it would be a great way to see what’s going on in the community as we have only lived in Australia since 29th February 2012, having emigrated from the UK with my husband and son. I enjoy reading what other people have contributed and what is going on around us. Do you study or work elsewhere, if so, where? I have just managed to gain an appointment with Bunnings. If you were to win the lotto tomorrow what would you be doing the following day? If we won the lottery tomorrow I would first of all make sure my family was secure, then I would search for the home of our dreams in Oz and maybe go on a road trip around Australia, is that too many? Who in this world do you find most inspirational? I find anyone can inspire me when they have done something above and beyond what they originally thought they could do. What brings you the most joy? The most joy can come from the very simple things like having a BBQ with friends and rellies and when I have time. I love to paint in water colours and make jams and chutney's from things I have grown myself. I also get pleasure from taking photo's and documenting our lives for the future. I learnt this was very important when I did respite fostering in the UK, as many youngsters do not have continuity with their backgrounds and lose contact with family. I don't mind which picture you print if any, the snow in our garden is a reminder of what we left behind in the UK, the next picture is of me in the late fifties in Ballarat at Lake Wendouree before we left for England, and lastly if you must, a recent one of me. Editor: Thanks Janet that is fantastic!


THOUGHT RECYCLING! IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. stationery and office equipment, and furniture items placed on my front lawn with a sign “help yourself” were quickly snapped up. The success of Harrison’s idea for practical recycling, has got me thinking about another type of reprocessing -“thought recycling”.

©Glow Images Recycling! There’s so much we can do. These days, we can responsibly dispose of our unwanted packaging materials and green waste in household recycling bins. Also, at events such as garage sales, flea-markets and car-boot sales, opportunities abound for other useful items such as pre-loved clothing and kids’ toys to find their way to good homes. But that’s not all. According to Paul Harrison from, there are many ideas for “extending the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose”. I personally learned this when downsizing my home and office. Good ideas led to the local school accepting my


Positive, constructive, comforting or health-promoting thoughts are ready-made for inclusion in a mental recycling program. These may be found in sacred poetry, songs, or books, and because they have the potential to improve health or bring freedom from worry, sickness or despair, this makes them worthy of passing along. It also extends their usefulness. If you like the idea of “thought recycling”, here are some handy tips. • Place negative thoughts in the mental “litterbin” ready for discarding. Apart from the fact that no one else really wants them, depressing, unhealthy thoughts and fears aren’t useful or health-producing. They’re not fit for recycling. • Relate reassuring, healing stories from personal experience. What’s been learned from both the good and hard times in life, can sustain and bolster someone else who may be going through a similar experience.

• Share kind thoughts. In a poem titled “Love is kind”, the author Henry Burton, writes, “Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on! …Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, …Pass it on!” Burton based his poem on an inspired text by another writer whose worthwhile idea was to “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters”. • Recycle gratitude. It’s heartening to not only receive expressions of appreciation, but to pass them on at home, school or work. Gratitude brightens a moment, encourages an individual, and later continues to remind them that they’ve done something worthwhile - they’ve done well. As human beings, we’re benefitted by kind words, wellness-promoting suggestions, and expressions of gratitude and appreciation. Our lives are buoyed and enriched with the good ideas that others have found helpful, and have taken the time to share with us. These thoughts are not only worth circulating – in large quantities, but it’s a way to extend their life and usefulness. This is plain, simple, common-sense, recycling at its best. Point Cook resident Beverly Goldsmith, is a health blogger who is also a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing.


Community Board Finding it hard to get work

Connecting Yo ung People to Real Jobs Youth Transitio ns Program When: 7th Oct ober Where: Lavert on Community Hub Cost: Free Further info: An 0140 Nicola 83 na 8368 youthemploym 68 0141 or

HOBSONS BAY LIFE ACTIVITIES CLUB If you're 50+ and enjoy Movies, Dining Out, BBQ's, Hikes etc then we're just what you're looking for. Meet new people, make new friends, and join like minded people in a variety of activities, both week days and weekends. Try us out by attending a couple of functions of your choice, with no obligation, before you decide. For more information and a copy of our Club Newsletter please contact: Alicia: 9741-4313 or Myra: 0432 258 804

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Fete and Open Day Saturday 12 October 2013, 10am-2pm 320 Point Cook Rd, Point Coo k The Residents of Point Cook Village invite you to a day of family fun. A great day out for mums, dads, grandparents and grand children

Hobsons Bay Arts Society Hobsons Bay Arts Society will be holding its Spring Exhibition at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, 5 Sargood Street, Altona from 12th to 22nd September 2013. Visitors can attend at any time during this period and all art work by local artists are for sale. You can visit our website for any information regarding our society or email:






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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: T: 0417 348 336 E


Connect with environment to others in a safe share expe coping strategiesriences and . Every Tuesday 7: Joel Arts & Com 30-9:30pm at the Louis munity Centre, Sa rgood St, Altona. $5 Casuals / $3 M embers For more info ph one: (03) 9853-8 089 | email: adavic@ adav visit:www.adavi |


Photography classes, Sewing classes, ts, Karate, Bollytone, Playgroup, Scou Chi, Tai p, Cookie Kids 3+ Activity grou p, drawing classes, French/English conversation grou ningland, Martial Lear , Yoga ers, Camera Club, Footy Tack Arts, Performing arts, shops and more. Kindy dance, card making work Contact 9395 3777 email: admin@j

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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SALSA DANCE CLASSES @ The Point Cook Community Learning Centre Learn to dance Salsa, with easy broken down steps By the end of the 1st class you will be able to Salsa!! EVERY MONDAY 7PM – 8PM Salsa for Beginners 8PM – 9PM Salsa Intermediate Learn in a friendly group and keep active! No Partner required For more information Call 0430 355 888


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Werribee and Cancer SupportDistricts Group We are a positiv e, uplifting, su

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Come and join the fun of our very first open/fun day. We will be having an auction, sponge throwing, spinning whee jumping castle, sausage sizzle plus a lot l, more fun activities. WHEN: Saturday 14th September WHERE: Scout hall on Railway Avenue Laverton ( across from Laverton community centre ) TIME: 10am - 4pm. Most activities are a gold coin donation, so bring the kids, friends and family and enjoy a great day out.

ALTONA U3A We area located at the Senior Citizens Centre in Sargood Stree t, Altona We would be very happy to welcome you as a new member. U3A means a Community of people shar ing knowledge in the 3rd part of their lives . It is for all active, retired people. Our activities are varied and new idea s are welcome – perhaps you have a skill to share with? We also have social outings and are a happy, supportive group. All for a low cost. The office is open Mon-Fri 10am - 12.3 0pm. Ph: 9398 1346 or email

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The Presbyterian Church of Australia has recently established a new church at Point Cook.

Point Cook Presbyterian Church It currently meets at the Point Cook RAAF base, in the ‘Holy Trinity Chapel’ 5pm Sundays Melways 198 J2 Ph 9395 8281 (See our website for details on how to pass through the gate) Minister: Rev. Peter Owen He commenced his ministry here in January 2013. All welcome

Notice Board POets are Gathering Poetry of all types –pure, applied, old, new, historic, good, all styles, whatever • Cartoons • Photos • Ideas • Quotes e: Snail Mail (with stamped envelope for reply please) to PO Box 164, Warrnambool, 3280


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To get an early start on your spring veggies without a hot house, plant your seedlings individually in 150mm or 6 inch pots using good quality potting mix. Position them in a warm north facing position against a wall to protect them from the south westerly winds as much as possible. Water them in with some diluted Seasol for the first week then top them up every 2 weeks with some Power Feed, before you know it they’ll be ready for planting out into the garden, that is if you are not already picking the produce off them.

Use a systemic insecticide to control them or hose them off with high pressure water from your water tank of course!

Garden pest Spring time is when garden pests are most active and do the most damage to your plants especially with all the new growth appearing. The most common insects that appear this time of year are Mites, Aphids and Thrips, and the best way to control any of these three insects is to get them early before they multiply out of control. Mites generally attack needled leaf plants such as Cyprus, Junipers and Cedars, attacking normally from the ground up causing the needles to


Just like aphids, thrips cause the leaves of a plant to twist and curl and on a citrus tree they also leave streaks of silvery lines just as they do on rose petals. Spray pyrethrum or a good dose of Eco oil early in the season to control these suckers before they get out of control. Fruit Trees After the heavy rains we’ve just had, you might need to apply a spray of Bluestone Oxychloride or better known as Fungus fighter. This will help protect the trees from developing any fungus such as leaf curl on nectarines during its growing season, but first check to make sure that the trees are not in full bloom. Spraying your trees when they are in bloom will only cause the flowers to drop prematurely or prevent pollination, so only spray your trees if they are not

blooming or showing any colour. If there are signs of colour then you will have to wait until the fruit sets. Flowers Roses will sure be showing signs of new growth by now, and with every new succulent shoot that appears so do the aphids. These little critters just love to congregate around fresh rose tips and many other plants especially when there are new buds developing, don’t let them suck your plants dry, hit them with some pyrethrum every time they appear. Even better yet, get them at early stages before they mass multiply, use an old damp cloth and gently wipe the stems where ever there are aphids. Do this twice in a week and you will surely have the aphid population under control. And don’t worry about the ones that fall to the ground, once their off the plant they never crawl back up again. Vasili’s Garden and Café 21-25 Munro Street, Coburg VIC Ph: 1300 627 374 E:


RUBBISH COLLECTIONS Twice a year during the 1960s to the 1980s the local Camberwell Council invited householders to place their house waste on their nature strips for collection. Within a matter of days from the Council’s notice nature strips became littered with an amazing array of rubbish. People placed beds, ovens, concrete troughs, refrigerators, chairs, toys, car parts and kitchen sinks. The majority of householders were delighted to throw away their useless refuse while others saw this as a unique opportunity to collect even more waste. The rubbish collections were for my best mate Mark and me, a chance to earn extra pocket money. We would scour and scavenge people’s nature strips on the way to school and over the week-ends. The items we dearly wanted to find were copper wire and tap pipes, brass plugs and aluminium pots pans and cans, these were to become our hidden treasures. Once they were collected, Mark and I would head to “Ungars”, metals collectors in Warrigal Road Chadstone. The copper wire came from any electrical appliance, brass from shower recesses or fire place settings and aluminium from all types of cooking utensils. Brass was the most desired because it payed


the highest price. Each time Mark and I headed out we went as far as Markham Avenue, Catalina Avenue, Lancaster Street and Ashburn Grove we took with us screwdrivers, pliers and a hammer these helped when items needed to be removed from their base. When all our pieces were collected they were put in our school bags to be taken home and weighed. These rubbish collections provided us with life long learning skills, including creativity with our hands, understanding different metals, financing our pocket money and not relying on parent’s handouts and independence. Unfortunately rubbish collections today don’t exist; everything today is about neatness and liability. When we finally completed our collections we caught the Ventura Bus over to “Unger’s Metals” and weighed our metals in for some cold hard cash. Then we bought some smokes and saved the rest believing that the next collections would be bigger and better! - Paul Rogers

FREE LEGAL ADVICE @ WYNDHAM LEGAL SERVICE ‘Do not knock’, unsolicited door-to-door sales Consumer law issues are widespread in Wyndham and are most likely to be handled without advice. Some of the most prevalent consumer issues were disputes with essential service providers that evolve out of unsolicited door-to-door sales. It has also been found that many door-to-door sales people target vulnerable groups, such as the newly arrived communities. Many of these people feel stressed and are fearful when salespeople knock at their door. Some feel that they need to invite them into their home. Sometimes those sales strategies have included high pressure sales tactics which take advantage of the lack of English proficiency.

The sticker can be ordered online and are available at the Wyndham Legal Service office. To obtain FREE legal advice regarding any consumer issues, contact the Wyndham Legal Service on 97410198 to make an appointment.

Regards, Wyndham Legal Service

The Australian Consumer Law requires that a salesperson must leave the premises immediately on the request of the occupier. If they fail to comply with the requirement, the salesperson can be fined more than $50,000. If a person displays a ‘Do Not Knock’ sticker on or near their door, and a salesperson ignores the sticker, they will be held to be breaching the law and will be fined.


STATE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS REVEAL FORSYTH/OLD GEELONG ROAD FIX IS UP TO TEN YEARS AWAY A proposal to fix the notorious intersection at Forsyth and Old Geelong roads is unlikely to receive funding within the next five to ten years, government documents obtained by the State Opposition reveal. “Despite VicRoads having developed a proposal to realign the Old Geelong Road to form a conventional cross intersection with Forsyth Road which it asserts would match in with the proposed future duplication of Forsyth road to the south, the Napthine Government’s failure to fund important local roads projects means the project won’t proceed any time soon,” Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy said. Documents received through Freedom of Information reveal that the intersection was the site of six recorded casualty crashes between 2006 and 2011, a figure that has undoubtedly climbed with ever-increasing traffic volumes.


Over 38,000 vehicles use Forsyth Road south of Old Geelong road each day making it Wyndham’s busiest road. The VicRoads proposal to fix the intersection includes significant works on the west and south approaches that would be equivalent to duplication. The proposal has an estimated cost of approximately $10.5 million. “However the Napthine Government’s decision to put all of its transport eggs in one basket – the $8 billion EastWest Tunnel – means that important local road projects like the Forsyth/Old Geelong road intersection will be placed on the backburner, unable to compete for funding,” Ms Hennessy said. While VicRoads accepts the need for a proper fix for this dangerous intersection, locals will have to continue to wait – putting up with stop-gap measures in the meantime that

simply put off the required investment to fix the problems once and for all. According to the documents released, “given the occurrence of turning crashes at this intersection and increased volumes on Old Geelong Road and from the Williams Landing development, VicRoads has developed a safety improvement proposal as a short term option. This includes the installation of traffic signals at the existing intersection and improvement to street lighting to improve the visibility of the intersection”. Any proper fix for the intersection is on the never-never. According to the ministerial briefing, “the proposal will be submitted for consideration in a future program in the context of competing statewide priorities”. Given the intersection is competing with an $8 billion tunnel at the end of the Eastern Freeway, this is code for the west can wait. “It’s not good enough for the Napthine Government to continue to ignore the transport needs and safety of people in the west,” Ms Hennessy said.


7 MARATHONS, 7 STATES, 7 DAYS RUNNING FOR A GREAT CAUSE Running one marathon is enough of a challenge for most people. Running 7 marathons in 7 states would be unimaginable for most. However Point Cook resident Ben Robinson will be taking on an even bigger challenge running 7 marathons, in 7 states, in just 7 days to raise much needed funds for Bravehearts. Ben is the Physical Education teacher at Lumen Christi Primary School in Point Cook and has always practiced what he teaches - Being fit, healthy and active. The father of two (Chloe, 11 and Ryan, 9) is taking this philosophy to a whole new level with his latest challenge. The Challenge starts on 20th October in Perth. From there Ben will run 42.2km, jump on a plane, fly interstate, recover, eat, sleep and get up and do it all again travelling from Perth, to Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, then finishing in Brisbane 7 days later. In just 7 days Ben will run a total of 294 km all in an effort to raise funds and raise awareness of the Bravehearts mission - To Educate, Empower and Protect Australian Children and in doing so make Australia the safest place to raise kids. “After personally seeing the devastating effects of child sexual assault I knew I needed to do something. I could not bear to think that even one of the precious children I know and teach could suffer in this way. I guess I could have donated $$$ and moved on with my life but I knew I was better than that and I wanted to do more,” said Ben Robinson. To follow Ben’s journey, make a donation, become a sponsor or to find out more visit his blog:


SPRING HOROSCOPE FOR TAILWAGGERS ARIES Spring has arrived and you may be feeling like long walks in the local park or the beach. Be sure to have your person on the end of your tether in 'On Leash' areas.

LIBRA While you enjoy being petted and fussed over, you do not like your fur being rubbed the wrong way. But given a treat or a biscuit, you are quick to forgive, and forget.

TAURUS You love to be in the sun. After the rains and wind of winter, a warm spot in the garden underneath your favourite tree, or on a trampoline bed, is your idea of bliss.

SCORPIO Scorpions have a sting in their tails but their canine and feline counterparts have fast paws and claws and are excellent at guarding their families and their possessions.

GEMINI Remind your people to make sure you have identification on you when you take off on "Secret Animal Business" - and forget to let your family know where you are going.

SAGGITARIUS Sometimes spring fever manifests itself and you may get the urge to explore new places. Persuade your people to take you to new locations for exploration purposes.

CANCER With the coming of warmer weather comes less chance to snuggle up with your favourite people on your favourite armchair. Be sure to get outside with them. LEO Cats may be king, but dogs like to be considered to be royal too. While you both adore basking in the spring sunshine, remind your people to put water outside for you. VIRGO Farm dogs will be kept busy as you help to round up sheep and their lambs. Others will be busy visiting four footed, and two legged, friends with their families.

CARPRICORN Ah, to lie in the sun and chew on a good bone after the cold winds and rain of winter. Remind your people not to give you bones that splinter, and avoid costly vet bills. AQUARIUS While regular exercise is the key in keeping both you and your family fit, a visit to your favourite beauty parlour, or dog groomer, will dispel the blues of winter for you. PISCES The songs of the birds in spring are music to your ears. But it may not be the best idea to sit on the front step and sing. Your family may not appreciate 'Animal Music'.


Pets Corner

A DOG IN ONE PACK- JACK RUSSELL TERRIER must be kept away from their homes and who can be accepted inside the house. This very attitude also makes them good watchdogs. They were designed specifically to be aggressive on preys. And while they can be very vocal, many of them only bark when they find good reason to.

We basically want to find companions who would give us most of the benefits we think we need. Well, if you are looking for a dog that is somewhat a onein-package pal, you might find Jack Russell Terriers interesting enough. This dog has a history that is somehow loomed to give rise to the specie. It was said that the breeder of this dog, a young Theologian student of Oxford University named John Russell once met a milkman with a white terrier that has spots on his eyes and ears. This dog became his interest which later proved to be his foundation for breeding a new dog breed that many has learned to love as pets. The dog he first saw was named "Trump" from which another 60 types of terriers were later bred from. With a terrier's basic nature to go on and over the ground (terrier by the way came from the Latin term "terra" which means earth), Jack Russell terriers also have the disposition to hunt and scour for hunting. Thus, they should be given enough grooming so as to set off the dirt they gather from digging soil to either bury a treasure or to recover a hidden treasure kept long ago. An excellent ratter, Jack Russell Terriers prove to be good "housekeepers" since they keep most rats away from home. Any unlucky rat that happens to be inside the quarters of this terrier is sure to meet its instant doom. Thus, owners find themselves with both a dog and cat in one pal. One basic character of this dog is its disposition towards strangers. They can easily figure out who 28

They do not appear vicious though. But once they smell threat, they can show off aggressiveness that could serve as warning towards the strangers. However, once the stranger is let into the house by the owner, a Jack Russell can already tolerate his or her presence. This terrier is also a family dog and desires for human companionship. And their love for children is significantly interesting. However, once they are abused or had been shown improper treatments, may it be intentional or accidental, they can react through aggressive behaviors. Their aggressiveness is further manifested with their lack of fear towards larger dogs which can unfortunately lead to injuries, some can even be fatal. They are also marked for their intelligence and good spirit. These characteristics can be highly observable through their curiosity in things. Thus, they require supplementation on formal training unless you can tolerate difficult behaviors. The good thing though with a Jack Russell is that it can acknowledge training and do well in most of them. In fact, they are known to champion various ring shows and other similar competitions. Hollywood has recognised the disposition of these dogs too. Coupled with feisty and good physical characteristics, this pal has already made names in the screens. If Wishbone, Milo (from The Mask) and Eddie (from the Frasier) ring the bell on you then there is no doubt that you can recognise this dog. Jack Russell terriers fair well with grooming. A dog of relatively small size, this breed will not tax you with grooming needs. Anonymouse

DIGITAL RESPITE The program allows the parents of young people aged 6 to 15 with disabilities to drop off their children at the Youth Resource Centre on a Saturday and take a break while their children lean new digital and social skills.

Sign up for free digital respite sessions and help your kids get a handle on new technology. Wyndham City is working in partnership with Action on Disabilities within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) to run a series of free digital respite sessions. The program runs on Saturdays, for 12 weeks, from 31st August 2013. Chaffey Ward Councillor Gautam Gupta said places are available for 15 young people from Non-English speaking backgrounds but if capacity allows, students from all backgrounds can be included.

Digital inclusion is becoming increasingly important. Equipping young people with disabilities with the skills to use digital technology helps improve numeracy, literacy and problem solving which supporting increased social interaction, both online and real world. The Digital Respite program is run at the Youth Resource Centre for 12 weeks during Term 3 & 4 from 10:30am – 1:30pm (lunch included). The program is free and Wyndham City is currently taking bookings. For information or bookings please contact Tarun Kalra on 9480 3444 or


FROG FRENZY FESTIVITIES How uncanny is it that these creatures swallow with their eyeballs? The lady presenting, fed a frog a cricket while the crowed filled with little children and their parents waited with anticipation for the frogs eye balls to close. Freaky frogs I must say but beautiful creatures nonetheless.

So I heard about this event called the Frog Frenzy and I was completely drawn in by the name that I had to check it out. So I ventured out to Wyndham Vale just 10 minutes drive from Point Cook and found myself in some Frog Frenzy festivities. As I arrived at the bank of Lollipop Creek the weather was freezing but it wasn’t enough to stop the fun at the Frog Frenzy. I was greeted by Roberto, an ex-tram conductor, who captivated the audience both young and old with interesting facts about local wildlife creatures. An informative session coupled with humorous antics, which highlighted the importance of taking care of our fellow inhabitants by looking after our environment. I got up close and personal to some frogs and here a few frog facts I learnt: - Frogs drink through their skin so it’s important to have clean water - Frogs close their eyes when they eat as they swallow their food through their eyeballs - Only male frogs sing


As I continued to peruse the event I met Tehmina a lovely lady with her family who live just behind Lollipop Creek. They came to the Frog Frenzy as they have completely taken a liking to their froggy neighbours and to learn more about how to care for the amphibians. Tehmina stated that when mating season comes along she can hear an orchestra of frogs rhythmically calling away - quite a soothing sound she says. Tehmina’s family have dedicated their backyard to welcoming their frog friends by building five frogfriendly ponds. Tehmina’s children along with many other little kids enjoyed the morning with face-painting activities and a water demonstration put on by Melbourne Water that highlighted the importance of the local wetlands to maintain water quality. It was such an informative and fun and interesting event which certainly gave locals the opportunity to be more aware of our ecosystem and our little creature friends. The event was an important reminder that we need to be responsible for our local creatures and wildlife and to appreciate and make use of the natural beauty of our local environment. - Candice Presnillo

LOVE YOUR LIVER EVENT HELD TO MARK WORLD HEPATITIS DAY July 28th was World Hepatitis Day, an international event held to raise awareness of hepatitis B and C and its prevention.

in recent years. With the right care and treatment, the need for a liver transplant or the development of cancer from hepatitis can be avoided.”

To mark the occasion, South Western Melbourne Medicare Local with support from Hepatitis Victoria, held the Love Your Liver: Hepatitis Diagnosis and Treatment session for local GPs, nurses and pharmacists.

On the night, Ms Watkinson was joined by local GP Dr Michael Aufgang, Hepatology nurse consultant Marian Croft and gastroenterologist Dr NJ Arachchi who discussed their work in the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients with hepatitis.

Over 400,000 Australians live with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, which is nearly 20 times the number of people living with HIV/AIDs. In Victoria around 55,000 people live with chronic hepatitis B and 65,000 people live with chronic hepatitis C. Nearly half of those living with the virus are undiagnosed. Speaking at the session, Western Health Clinical Nurse Consultant Sally Watkinson was keen to raise awareness of the need for screening and monitoring those in high risk groups to prevent progression of the infection to chronic liver disease. “There are significant numbers of our community in Wyndham and Hobsons Bay who are at risk from hepatitis B or hepatitis C,” Ms Watkinson said. “Over the past six months alone there have been 210 notifications of viral hepatitis infection to the Department of Health, from Wyndham and Hobsons Bay. “The number of people with severe liver disease as a result of hepatitis B or hepatitis C has risen significantly

South Western Melbourne Medicare Local’s Chief Executive Officer, Gaylene Coulton commented: “There is a continued need to reduce new infections and ensure that appropriate education, information and support is reaching those at risk.” “The Love Your Liver event provided an opportunity for our local healthcare providers to hear the latest news in Hepatitis diagnosis and treatment,” Ms Coulton said. “It is important to continue to share knowledge with local GPs and nurses so they can help our community become better informed about this infection.” Viral hepatitis is the main cause of liver cancer and the number one reason for liver transplants. World Hepatitis Day provides the perfect opportunity for people to think about their liver and the role it plays in our overall health. For more information visit or Hepatitis Victoria’s website


Famous Quotes Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laugh Out Loud "WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?"

*** A mistake is simply another way of doing things. Katharine Graham He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. Mary Wilson Little *** It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. Marcus Tullius Cicero


The irate customer calling the newsagent, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was. "Madam", said the newsagent employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY". There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter, .... "Well that explains why no one was at church either�.

Laugh Out Loud Young people have theirs, now Seniors have their own texting codes:

* GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

 * GHA - Got Heartburn Again

 * HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement

 * LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out

 * LOL- Living on Lipitor

 * OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas

* ATD- At the Doctor's

* TOT- Texting on Toilet

* BFF - Best Friends Funeral

* WAITT - Who Am I Talking To?

* BTW- Bring the Wheelchair

 * BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth

 * CBM- Covered by Medicare

 * CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center
 * DWI- Driving While Incontinent

 * FWIW - Forgot Where I Was


COMPUTERS Let me tell you about IT Lest you greet it with an “Hello”. It’s not the brother of ET, Cute little outer space fellow. ET means “Extra Terrestrial”; IT “Information Technology”. ET wanted to be our pal, And need make no apology. IT’s Binary Mathematics, Based on digits, zero and one. This would send me into hysterics, But for programmers lots of fun. IT is code for computers, An invention of Beelzebub; If you’re needing trouble shooters, Join your local Computer Club. Computers have their own language, Much harder than Latin or Greek. Learn it if you wish to engage, Or you’ll be up that well known creek. You can not compute on the cheap, So you will need a lot of RAM. The ram I knew was a male sheep: Without enough, you’ll be in a jam. In order to work efficiently, This thing’s going to need some ROM. I thought a rom was a male Gypsy; But ROM is the key to this kingdom. In a gig, you’d go for a drive, Perhaps in the peaceful country. Now we’ve this thing that’s called “Hard-drive”: Gigs measure its capacity. If you don’t have sufficient gig, You can store your stuff in a “cloud”. Now I’m about to flip my wig: What’s a “cloud”, for crying out loud!? That’s what computers are about: An assemblage of bits and bytes. At times I’d like to scream and shout When they have caused me sleepless nights. If you adopt this Devil’s spawn, You will find that it’s much more prone Than a human baby new-born To viruses entering your home. It will have to be vaccinated With anti-virus protection, Or have its mind disintegrated By a catastrophic conniption. Computers will throw the odd tantrum Like a petulant human child, Pampered by an indulgent mum. You’ll just have to be reconciled. A desktop will freeze or close down; So then you’ll have to “reboot” it. Or everything will flip upside down, When it’s having a hissy fit. If you do not have a computer, You are in a minority. You have chosen not to suffer The torture of this deviltry. Jack Nystrom, Friday, 31 May, 2013. 34

Point Cook Kids

Are You Shore? Pardon the pun. Birdlife Australia has produced a great little booklet called Shorebirds, available at Wyndham’s Cultural Centre. Some of the birds mentioned and flown out of the book and are hiding in this puzzle. Can you find them? Greater Sand Plover Inland Dotterel Masked Lapwing Beach Stone Curlew Pectoral Sandpiper Long Toed Stint Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Red Knot Great Knot Common Green Shank Common Red Shank Wandering Tattler Whimbrel Asian Dowitcher Bar Tailed Godwit Australian Painted Snipe Comb Crested Jacana Oriental Pratincole Sooty Oystercatcher Black Winged Stilt Red Necked Avocet

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Community Newspaper Issue 44, September 2013