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Issue 64, May 2015




The Around Point Cook Community Newspaper is distributed in Point Cook








COMPOSTING AND HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT STARTING A WORM FARM? by Maria Pagunsan The Worm Farming & Composting Workshop was held recently at the Eco Living Centre which is part of the Green Living Series Activities run by Wyndham Council. Bronwyn who is a gardener, community leader and health champion, conducted the workshop for us. This down to earth lady is also an environmentalist and a teacher. Her passion for composting was contagious! Composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilisers. WHY COMPOST? When you are composting, you are creating rich humus (fertiliser) for your garden. Because you are eliminating the need for chemical fertilisers, you are thus reducing green house gases. It improves your soil porosity as it 1) Participants attentively listened to Bronwyn's talk on composting & worm farming.

improves the water holding capacity so you also save water. According to Hayley of Wyndham Council, about 46% of rubbish found in our garbage bins is made up of compostable materials. These compostable materials include food scraps which are source of methane emissions from our landfills where they rot without air that then forms harmful greenhouse gases. We can reduce the amount of organic waste going to the landfill by composting our kitchen waste thus reducing the methane (the principal component of natural gas, harmful to the environment) which in turn reduces the green house emission impact.

2) Time to see the actual compost heap!

3) Time to see the fantastic result of composting!

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FROM THE EDITOR Another month ticks by and being ANZAC day yesterday I can't help but think of our past troops and our current troops, that have spent their lives, and continue to put their lives at risk, so that we can have the freedom we now enjoy in Australia. An excellent book I would recommend you reading is The Great War. I read this some time ago, but it illustrated the terrifying reality that war is. It also highlighted the impact that ego and politics has on the lives of our soldiers. So many people who have walked into hell and not returned, or even have returned only to live this hell over and over again at home. Thank you for your gift.

The articles have been flowing in, and we have a great collection this month. Sad news is the passing of one of my friends who many in the community knew, Max Kidd. A teacher, a community spirit, a lovely gentleman. My condolences to to Margaret and family for their loss (our loss) of this wonderful man. His work in the community was far and wide, ranging from politics, to fighting Macular Degeneration on a state wide level. I am now off to say goodbye to Max. Thank you for your ongoing submissions and support. Spread the word, share the paper around, in hard copy and on social media. Daniel Allen

PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER Last month I had the pleasure, twice, of seeing a display of ‘Light Painting’, by the Future Creation Workshop, a group of Gen Y young people supported by the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed and Hobsons Bay City council, who together with their Leader, Gordon Lescinsky and his wonderful group of supporters who have developed a range of activities to increase their skills and demonstrate these skills to prospective employers. It is important to note that school students today all come to employers with having used a lap top at school and have become proficient in the use of computing programs and of course can perform magic with smart phones unlike many of our older Generations who have been bypassed by modern technology. You can have one of these technicians in your office now. Back to the light show! The presentation was magnificent; the previous demo I had seen was quiet, not heavy in colour and with a slow moving motion that was very calming in telling its story to the viewer.

demonstrating that control was completely in the hands of the artist and the programmer- It was bursting with colour and rapidly changing. I’m sure we will see more of these light – paintings and although expensive I’m confident they will progress to a library of downloadable paintings as part of your home entertainment package, To see a video of the beauty in action visit the website, and be prepared to be surprised! 0 I’d like to advise those who may not have heard of the passing of a very good friend to those who knew him, Max Kidd, who leaves behind wife Margaret, his family, and the hundreds of us in the west who knew of his good works his happy greeting, and his warm hand. Miss you Max.

Last night the presentation was totally different

Bill McPherson

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Fill your compost bin with 6 ingredients: (in layers):

Bronwyn also discussed worm farming. Worm farms can be purchased from the council which comes with instructions and worms. You start with minimum 1000 worms.

1) Brown stuff (carbon) such as autumn leaves, sawdust, shredded paper to supply the micro-organisms with "carbohydrates" they use as foods. 2) Green stuff (nitrogen) - usually fresh and green, such as grass clippings, even weeds! Coffee grounds, veggie scraps, tealeaves, even rabbit poo!! 3) Oxygen - incorporated into the heap when it is turned. It is important to turn your mixture regularly to get air into your compost heap. 4) Water - your pile should be damp as a wrung out sponge. A lid in your bin will keep moisture in. If it is too dry, the micro-organism will die; the matter will not break down at all. 5) Size - bin should be large at least one cubic metre. 6) Activators - to stimulate micro activity like comfrey, compost, molasses (diluted), liquid worm castings diluted to the colour of weak tea. Composting according to Bronwyn is about layering think about a chocolate cake in layers! The same applies to composting - put carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, water, activator and presto you will be able to produce a good compost for your garden. Ratio should be 1 part nitrogen:3 parts carbon

Worm farms are ideal for people with small backyards or those living in a flat. They are ideal in disposing of food scraps. Place layers of moist newspaper over the top of your worms before placing a lid. Ideally, you should put a bucket of water every two weeks. Just monitor your worms - keep in a shady place out of direct sunlight in summer and warm in winter.

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SONS OF THE WEST KICKS OFF FOR 2015 A community health program by the Western Bulldogs Football Club has been launched for 2015 last month. ‘Sons of the West’, a program aimed at improving the lives of men both working and living in the western suburbs of Victoria, is in its second year after a very successful first year. The program has many former Western Bulldogs players supporting it including Doug Hawkins, Scott West, Tony Liberatore and Steve Kretiuk. Last year, saw the program reach around 1,000 men register at the initial launch and around 150 of the men finished the 12 week program. Sons of the West program manager Nathan Bibby said while the 2014 program numbers was a terrific achievement, it will be nothing compared to what the program hopes to achieve in 2015. “We would like to aim a lot higher. We have been trying to get around 2,000 men engaged in the program in some capacity” “We are well on target with over 1,000 men doing things with our mobile health station with initiatives we’ve put in place this year” Mr Bibby said.

The program targets several areas including healthy eating, psychical activity and mental health. Sons of the West was derived from an extremely successful program that was developed by the Liverpool Football Club in the United Kingdom. “It’s been in the making for about two or three years with our senior staff including club President, Peter Gordon, who did a tour and had a few conversations with the Liverpool Football about their program that they are doing in their backyard which was similar to Western Melbourne” Mr Bibby explained. The Western Bulldogs targeted the Western Suburbs not only because that’s where the club is based but also due to the poor health conditions that some men are living in the west. Statistics show that 39.9% of males in Victoria are overweight, however this statistic rises to close to 50% in the Hobsons Bay area. And only 30% of men in the Wyndham area are involved in sport compared to state average of 41%. To sign up to the Sons of the West program head to Mellad Ibrahimi


ALTONA LIBRARY CELEBRATING 50 YEARS 1965 - 2015 the local press of the day made much of the fact that the library had air conditioning. It cost approximately £71,000 to establish. This comprised £46,717 for the building, £13,370 for the book stock and £4,000 for staff salaries. Operating expenses for the 1965-1966 year was £17,300. The Children’s Corner was adorned with a mural executed in oils by Mrs. Marjorie Howden (who was the illustrator of the John and Betty series of readers) depicting the early settlers surrounded by the growth of Altona.

Altona Library 5 June 1965_Head librarian Laurie James and the hats

The Altona public library was opened on Saturday 5 June 1965 before a crowd of 500 people. The library’s architects were Howden and McLean, with the project architect being Bryan Glynne. Built by well known Altona builder, L.C. Noordenne, the library was considered a state of the art facility and


Through various renovations, a flood or two, many story times and cultural events, the ascendancy of technology and the launch of the EnviroCentre, the library has now been at the heart of the community for 50 years and to celebrate we are inviting the community to the following events at Altona Library. Altona: a great place to live, work and play Come along and celebrate all things Altona. Join the Heritage Group to re-visit the ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond, through local stories, nostalgic images and rarely seen footage. Re-discover why Altona is a great place

to live, work and play. Thursday 28 May 2pm to 3.30pm Bookings: via library website or phone 1300 462 542 Birthday Rhyme time Tuesday 2 June, 10.30am to 11am Birthday Story time Featuring the 1965 story Puffer Pete Thursday 4 June 10.30am to 11am World Environment Day celebrations Have you heard the news? World Environment Day is on the same day as the Altona Library 50th birthday! To celebrate we are taking over the library to showcase local environmental groups and activities, Bike n' Blend - Pedal Powered Smoothie bike, Reptile Encounters show, The Connies, Positive Charge energy saving workshop, citrus tree pruning workshop, compost worm farming workshop and much, much, more! Friday 5 June 10am to 2pm

performances and games, music, craft, face painting, photo booth, book sale, story time at 10.30am and cake cutting and speeches at 12pm. Saturday 6 June 10am to 1pm Friends of Altona Libraries book sales Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June 10am to 1pm Visit for more of the story or for more Altona Library and general Altona images.

Birthday party Bring the family, meet up with friends at the Altona Library birthday party. Featuring multicultural Opening day 5 June 1965. Excited Altona residents on Queen Street. image Denise Ogilvie


THE EAGLE HAS LANDED… WYNDHAM CITY IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE - EAGLE STADIUM Formerly known as Werribee Sports and Fitness Centre (WSFC), Eagle Stadium is being transformed into the largest indoor court facility in Melbourne’s west. When complete, the huge stadium will house 12 courts for a range of sports including netball, basketball, table tennis and badminton. The state-of-the-art design of the facility will keep it cool in summer and warm in winter without dramatic impact to the environment, and the new café and alfresco dining area will provide the perfect spot to relax after a big game. Mayor of Wyndham City and portfolio holder for Sport, Leisure and Open Space, Cr Peter Maynard said Wyndham City is thrilled to announce that Stage 1 works on the new facility are nearing completion. “The doors of the new stadium are set to re-open to


residents and visitors in mid-2015.” “To suit the significant redevelopments happening within the facility, it was agreed that a new name was needed to reflect the value of this major community asset.” The name ‘Eagle Stadium’ was selected as the eagle is the pre-eminent bird in heraldry and in combat it was seen as dominating the field. To the Aboriginal people of the Kulin nation the eagle is also significant, as they believed the world was created by Bunjil who could take the shape of an Eagle. The Eagle is a beautiful native bird that represents strength, power and skill – a fitting metaphor for the sports and other activities that will take place within the new stadium.

Community input was sought regarding the name through focus groups, an online survey and face-toface surveys being conducted at the Werribee Plaza and Point Cook Town Centre over the December/ January period.


Eagle Stadium will celebrate its Stage 1 completion mid 2015 with Stage 2 and overall completion of the $47 million redevelopment due mid-2016.

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Stage 1 works include: • 8 new indoor multi sports courts

• Public amenities • Café area with internal and external dining area • Car parking and landscaping areas

Stage 2 works will include: • Expansion from 6 to 12 indoor courts • Show court with seating for up to 1,500 spectators • A state of the art health club • Expansion of crèche and administration areas • Four new outdoor netball courts • Cafe and improved function rooms.


CONGRATULATIONS The winner of the first Outstanding Story Writing Competition is: AHMAD BABAR SAEED

Ahmad is 11years old and began writing in grade 2. He feels that writing is a part of him and is inspired by his father, also a writer. Here is his story:

My Passion Towards Writing About Birds By Ahmad Babar Saeed

Night and day can change, the stars can burst, a tornado can hit us, but my passion for birds can never break. When my hands slightly scratch the soft fringes of the feathery birds, I go beyond my imagination. They were always in me, they are always in me and they will always stay in me. I love them so much; they are everything from the top of my heart to the bottom of my soul. In my home I have two budgies, two canaries and five chicks. When I am bored I take my book outside and listen to their beautiful chirpings and whistles. These whistles and chirpings cannot be played by any instrument because these are natural sounds which can steal the heart of any human being. I have a variety of books about birds and my outstandingly esteemed book is ‘The Claremont Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (the most comprehensive one-volume book of identification) by Simpson & Day.’

"My canaries"


I love writing about birds as much as I like reading about birds. I have written a few books including ‘mother love.’ It’s about how mothers hold their children's hands a while but their hearts forever. My favourite classification of birds is the canary. I love the canaries so much; their vivid tawny colours are beautiful and their beady eyes are black as ebony.




WHAT IS ALOE VERA? Papyrus Ebers. This was a collection of medical writings - on the causes and treatments of diseases, and the correct religious rites to accompany them traditions which are thought to date back to the First Dynasty. So for around 5,000 years the Aloe plant has been used to heal. HEALTH AND MEDICINAL VALUE Yes, this wonderful plant is actually a vegetable, packed with so much goodness you will wonder why you have just discovered it!

This truly amazing plant has certainly stood the test of time, and over the last fifty years or so, we have had the benefits of scientific testing. The plant, that has been around for thousands of years, is Aloe barbadensis Miller. Aloe Vera, a Latin name, means 'the true Aloe'. The revival of this plant as a healing aid, would certainly not have surprised our forefathers. The Egyptians were the first to write about the healing properties of the Aloe plant, in 1500 BC research was found in an ancient medical text known as the


The constituents of Aloe Vera are over 200 in number. It contains most vitamins, with the exception of vitamin D, all the minerals - including the most important, calcium and magnesium which are found in very high concentrations. It also contains enzymes and amino acids. Aloe Vera juice is now widely used to help a variety of conditions and one of the most successful is that of the digestive tract. It has so many uses worldwide, it seems too good to be true! We often wonder what causes one person to become intolerant to some foods, while others in the family, eating exactly the same diet, have no problems at all. This can be caused by a number of factors that our

immune system has to identify. Aloe Vera is often used to assist with immune function and digestion. I have personally seen the juice, turn many people's lives around. This is most likely due to the enzymes it contains and the demulcent action it has on the system. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and this has been utilised in many countries for reflux, bloating and belching to sports injuries and cooking. One of the most wonderful assets of this plant is that the jelly of Aloe Vera is very successful in treating burns. Much research has gone into this, and radiation burns have had incredible success in Russia and Europe when using the Aloe Vera jelly. Australia is now recognising the wonderful benefits of this plant and it is often prescribed after radiation treatments in hospitals. The Aloe Vera plant is easy to grow at home. Make sure you buy Aloe barbadensis Miller species as this is considered the most medicinal and safest for home use. Break off a leaf, fillet it by taking off the outer hard skin, inside is a jelly that rubbed on a burn, a rash, itchy and dry skin and as a tightening moisture mask for the face is amazing! Yours in good health and well being, Cherie de Haas


GET TO THE POINT.. BLANK YOUTH MAGAZINE In 2014 Youth Foundation Laverton piloted a youth leadership program through the development of a creative youth driven magazine. Point Blank Youth Magazine is a youth content driven, adult mentored print and digital publication social enterprise project that supports young people in developing leadership, social entrepreneurship, self-esteem, literacy, community and organisational skills. It is a fully self-funded publication which sells exclusive advertising space, which is also tax deductible, in order to remain sustainable The aim of Point Blank Youth Magazine is to give youth a voice in the region. To allow young people to grow we must also allow them to speak about those things that are prominent in their eyes. We are excited to have the opportunity to work alongside around Point Cook, Around Hoppers and Around Altona, and we hope that our youth driven content paves the way for other youth to reach out to this fantastic publication. For more information on Point Blank Youth Magazine please refer to www.

Unemployed and Over It – Part 1 (Part 2 will be in next months issue) By: Jess Rae As one of the biggest issues in Australia right now, I feel as though covering the topic of youth unemployment is not only essential, but vital. It is at its all-time high since 2002 and has reached a staggering 13.2% juxtaposed to this time last year when it was only at 12.3%. It is becoming more and more difficult for youth to obtain any sort of employment because of the demands of employers wanting experience, but how do you gain experience, when no one will give you a chance to gain any? As this issue has taken a soaring rise for the ages of 15-


24, addressing it and making it a commonly conversed topic will increase the chances of it becoming a less ignored issue, but more of a targeted goal for everyone to contribute to resolving. If you’re struggling to find work and feeling stressed do not lose hope. It may seem like one of the biggest emotional battles you’re facing, but it won’t last forever. Be confident in yourself and take control, it will be easier than you expect and remember, you’re not alone. Here’s what to do Actively Looking For Work Consistency is the key. Setting goals for how many jobs you apply for each day is one of the most effective ways to receive call backs for employment positions, and radically increases your chances above others. If

you make a routine to apply for a certain amount of jobs a day, you can raise the chances of you gaining employment sooner than you think. Now I’m not talking about two or three jobs a day, I’m talking at least 6-10 as a minimum, as it may take applying for 50 jobs to receive one call back for a possible interview. It’s a time consuming process in the beginning, but once you get started it’ll be a daily habit and become much easier as you do it. When it comes to actively looking for work, there are two initial ways to do so. One is by online applications on common job searching and company sites. Second is through faceto-face contact with your hard copy resume. Both are just as effective depending on the employer’s personal preference, as some only hire through online submission or vice versa. Tip: Remind yourself how much you want to work and don’t give up. If you put in the time and effort, you will get results. Updated Resume If it may be that you do not have a resume, you will most definitely need one without question. This is a crucial part of finding employment as almost every employer will hire through application of resume submission. A resume informs employers of all necessary information that is relevant within their recruitment process. Altering your resume for the different positions you apply for can have a positive effect on your application as employers like to see your dedication to that field of work. For example, if you are applying for a receptionist role, you would solely base your skills, objectives and qualities around that position. If you already have a resume remember to always keep it updated with all yours skills, certificates etc. Take out anything that may seem irrelevant in terms of applying for jobs, and most importantly do not lie. Putting any false information on your resume will impact you greatly when an employer asks you in an interview to expand on something you may have lied about and you cannot answer due to it being untruthful. Honesty will get you a long way in your career. Tip: Make your resume stands out from others and give employers something they’ll remember, it’s all about first impression. If you have a sloppy resume, employers will assume you as being the same. Jess Rae Editor: The 2nd part of this article will be in next months issue. 17

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Judith's Biggest Morning Tea At Point Cook Village Clubhouse Thursday 28th May At 10.30am - 1.30pm Donations: $5.00 for Eats/Drinks There will be lots of prizes, Raffle, spinning wheel, silent auctions etc. All donations of cakes & sandwiches is appreciated ct Conta Judith - 93946699

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Point Cook Community Garden/Kitchen Swap 4th Sunday of the month at Kingsford Park (Kingsford Dve) Point Cook from 10.30am Come and swap your excess plants, seeds, flowers, fruit, vegetables, garden items or home baking, magazines and books. Enquiries : or

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


Connect with environment to others in a safe share expe coping strategiesriences and . Every Tuesday 7: 30 -9 :3 0p m at th Joel Arts & Com munity Centre, Sae Louis rgood St, Altona. $5 Casuals / $3 M embers For more info ph one: (03) 9853-8 089 | email: adavic@ adav visit:www.adavi |





Alcoholics Anonymous Is drinking costing you more than money? 24 hour helpline 1300 22 22 22 No matter where in the area someone rings this number it will be answered locally.

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. Contact Ann on 0401 411 297 or Caroline 0449 507 873

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Are you or someone you know in need of physical healing? Join us at our Healing Service. Details @ www.faithlifechurch. or 9393 2333

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

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AMES Become an AMES Volunteer Tutor AMES Werribee requires volunteers for 1 to 2 hours a week to help new arrivals learn English. Free training program provided. Details: Katherine: 8744 0011 email:

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

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COMMUNITY ART CHALLENGES RACISM many in Melbourne’s vibrant melting pot and although it’s profoundly easy to wonder of attacks she could face, I hope she will have the same resilience as those whose stories were represented in the Hobsons Bay Council’s Behind This Smile community art project.

Two weeks into our move from New Zealand to Victoria, my husband and I encountered a verbal attack directed at the colour of my husband’s skin colour. This notion of blatant verbal racism was new to me, but not my Zimbabwean partner. He’d already learnt skills to deal with such ignorance, however, I was outraged. Four years later, we have a mixed race daughter who is the colour of latte, has an Italian first name and an Indian surname. Am I concerned for her future? Yes and no. She is one of

The project aims to challenge stereotypes, prejudices, and judgement of individuals or cultural groups. It is part of the larger campaign, RACISM – IT STOPS WITH ME, an initiative of the National Anti-Racism strategy announced by the Australian Government in 2012, which Hobsons Bay Council supports. Their involvement focuses on endorsing ‘positive attitudes towards cultural diversity’ within the local community. The artist, Wendy Murray says, “Behind This Smile artwork reflects the diverse cultural histories of the Hobsons Bay area and offered me, as the artist, an intimate insight into the lives and histories of the community members involved.” The project focuses on sharing a series of images and stories from Australians who’ve faced racism due to their differences. Different from whom? From those with simplistic attitudes implanted throughout colonialisation? The answer is undefined but due to campaigns like this becomes malleable. “Behind this smile, I believe we all want to feel valued and accepted,” says Bridget, a participant involved in the artwork. Darleen says, “Behind this smile, I think it’s ok to be different but we should all be treated the same.” Altogether there are 12 stories and they define what racism means to the individual or cultural group they identify with and how they’ve handled such confrontations. Every story is unique and each highlights a profound message of the human spirit; that it takes undeniable strength and depth of character to persistently counteract and rise above ill-informed words and actions. Snippets of the stories can be found in libraries around Hobsons Bay along with images and postcards. Flags of the participants are up until June to reinforce the message and inspire others to think about that which is behind their own smile. Hopefully, time well spent. Stories can be found online at: au/Community/Multicultural/Behind_This_Smile Kyla-Jayne Rajah


POLO PUTS WERRIBEE PARK IN THE PINK? Lady and spectators and players donned in pink.

Inscribed on a stone tablet in Pakistan are the words "Let others play at other things. The king of games is still the game of kings." The game this verse refers to is Polo, and on a sunny Saturday in February, it became obvious the king referred to in the inscription is the King of Hearts, as proven by the generosity of the Victorian Polo Club, with its inaugural 'Jeep Ladies Day at the Polo', which supported the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Werribee Park Mansion was the backdrop to a sea of pink, including a beautifully pink Jeep Navara, a giant inflated Pink

International and Australian polo players competed in several games of polo, watched by fans who were also entertained by music, entered raffles and sipped champagne. Polo ponies have the traits of many breeds - the speed of thoroughbreds, the intelligence of Arabians, and the quarter horses manoeuvrability the quarter horse, and a sprinkling of playfulness. This combination makes for an exciting, if not exhausting spectator sport, with eight polo ponies galloping full speed , suddenly stopping and turning while the player endeavours to stay in the saddle while swinging a mallet at a ball. Luckily, a walk through the mansion and the Victoria State Rose Garden was available for those who found the polo excitement a bit too much. Polo can be played by any keen horse rider, Samantha, one of the goal umpires on the day, said you don't have to own your horses. Samantha doesn't, she loves polo so much she travels from Blackrock to a Werribee to learn how to play the sport that is not only for kings. Jenny Bates


CELEBRATE MOTHERING! IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. Mothers! Everybody has one. That’s why in May, Australians celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s a time when children of all ages remember their Mum’s nurturing and caring of them by visiting her, or giving a gift or flowers. On this special day there’s a good reason to celebrate mothering, and it’s good for your health. Mothering qualities needed In a world where violence seems widespread and a lack of humanity is often evident, who doesn’t need the calmness of mothering qualities to be expressed in their family or community? Society needs individuals who speak gently, who are tender yet strong, and kind as well as considerate. Harsh words or actions inevitably engender bitterness. They never produce happiness, nor remove fear or sorrow. TIPS: - Don’t let frustration or resentment threaten the qualities of heartfelt-mothering. - Take charge of what you say to others. “Speak gently, it is better far to rule by love than fear; Speak gently, let no harsh word mar the good we may do here.” - David Bates.

Give the gift of mother-love When living far away from home for the first time, I became deeply homesick for my mother’s love and company. One sunny afternoon while walking along a beach, it dawned on me that I wasn’t separated from a sense of mother-love. Right there and then, I was cared for and loved. That moment of inspiration freed me of loneliness and homesickness. In the following months various women took me under their wings and “mothered” me. TIPS: - Be ready to “mother” someone who is cut off from affectionate family caring. - Give to others the gift of true mother-love that never neglects the health or well-being of a loved son or daughter. - Enact the beautiful imagery of the mother eagle who stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings. – The Bible.

- Soften hard thinking and words. “Mother” others through words of comfort and encouragement.

- Remember that everyone is cared for by a higher Mother-Love that dries tears, comforts us in times of trouble, restores lost hope and confidence and is constantly present to help and cheer us.

- Be guided by my mother’s favourite rule from Walt Disney’s film - Bambi. “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”.

Health writer Beverly Goldsmith, is a practitioner/ teacher of Christian Science healing. Twitter: @ GoldsmithBev


LAVERTON PARK TENNIS CLUB The team of coaches and committee members once again warmly welcome all readers to this issue. Our Junior and Senior Summer competitions have concluded with four teams reaching the grand finals. CONGRATULATIONS to our Junior Section 8 team on winning their grand final and to all players in these teams on their efforts. Congratulations also go out to Nick Tofilau and Borce Markovski for achieving WRTA Most Consistent Player Award for summer competition in Senior Pennant 8 and 9 and all our competition players that participated in the recently completed season. The club would like to invite readers to our new website at which has all information on coaching, competitions and social events.

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. TCAV/TPA, Advanced & Accredited. Ph: 03 9398 2339 / 0407 552 828. Susanne Crotch Junior Secretary Ph: 03 9360 7905 email:

The club is very keen to establish our first ladies’ Wednesday night team next season, so any ladies out there interested in playing please contact the club through the website or contact Sue Crotch. These nights have a social atmosphere with a light supper and drinks enjoyed afterwards at the club.


SENIORS FESTIVAL 2015 – GET INVOLVED! To celebrate the Victorian Seniors Festival 2015, Wyndham City will fund a small number of innovative, inclusive community events for residents to enjoy.

Application forms are available for download from seniorsfestivalexpressionofinterest

Expressions of interest are now being accepted for the funding which is open to any resident with an idea that they think will help Wyndham seniors enjoy the Festival in October. 

Portfolio holder for Disability, Ageing and Inclusion, Cr Michele Wharrie said there are plenty of ways to make the festival fun; Wyndham City simply needs people with passion to make them a reality.

“Host a community BBQ, hold a drawing or writing competition, run a musical or theatrical performance or organise your own concert – there are countless things we can do to celebrate Seniors Festival 2015,” Cr Wharrie said.

“What we need though is a passionate bunch who are willing to lead such events for the benefit of their peers and the greater Wyndham community.”

“We are looking for expressions of interest from anyone who has an idea about how to celebrate Seniors Festival and with the drive to see it through.”

Closing date for funding applications is Friday 15th May 2015. Expressions of interest can be submitted via email to amanda.burns@ or by post to: c/o Amanda Burns, Wyndham City Council, 45 Princes Hwy, Werribee VIC

“Let’s show the senior members of the Wyndham community how much we really value them.”

“Send us your ideas and together we will make the 2015 Seniors Festival the best yet.”

 For more information about expressions of interest, please visit seniorsfestivalexpressionofinterest



A WORD FROM JILL HENNESSY MP We all know how important it is for our health and wellbeing to keep active, but as the weather gets cooler, it can be very tempting to stay inside wrapped in a blanket instead. However there are some great local events happening this month that will hopefully inspire you to get out and about. Our local community centres are fantastic places to make friends and keep fit: Featherbrook Community Centre in Point Cook runs Indian Bollywood Dance Classes on Fridays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, and Jamieson Way Community Centre runs Tai Chi for Seniors on Wednesdays from 3pm -4pm. For details of these and all the other programs running at community centres in Wyndham, visit http:// comcentres. If outdoor activity is more your thing, parkrun organises a 5km run every Saturday morning from 8am at Arndell Park Community Centre in Truganina. It’s free and a great way to meet others. For more information and to register, visit www.

26 And, of course, there’s the Werribee Farmers Market on Saturday 22 May from 8am – 1pm at Kelly Park on Synnot St in Werribee. I also encourage everyone to walk, run or donate to this year’s Mother’s Day Classic. Along with tens of thousands of people across Victoria and the country, Vic Labor will be walking and running to raise funds for vital breast cancer research. Visit www. for more information and to register or donate. If you have any questions about any of the activities raised here or other constituent matters, please contact me on 03 9395 0221 or jill.hennessy@ I will also be holding a mobile office this month and would love to meet you. Please visit my website for details - au. Jill Hennessy

CFA AT POINT COOK Once again, the members of the CFA at Point Cook and the help from our wonderful community and businesses were able to raise $35,075.80 for the Royal Children’s Hospital on Good Friday. From all of our members of the Point Cook CFA, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated.


NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2015 National Volunteer Week is celebrated in May each year to recognise the volunteering efforts of more than 6 million Australians. This year, Wyndham City is encouraging all residents to take the time to thank someone who gives their time voluntarily to the Wyndham community. Portfolio holder for Community Wellbeing, Cr Bob Fairclough said volunteers are invaluable to Wyndham and volunteering is a noble and rewarding way to give back. “National Volunteer Week provides us with a great opportunity to say thanks to the many volunteers who help make the Wyndham community stronger.” “The experience of helping others provides meaning and a sense of self-worth, so it is fitting that the theme for National Volunteer Week 2015 is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’,” Cr Fairclough said. “Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference to your happiness and mood – and of


course it will help others in need.” “Whether it’s one hour of your time or an ongoing commitment, it’s easy to share your skills and interests to ‘give happy and live happy’.” National Volunteer Week runs from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th May 2015. Volunteers in Wyndham are invited to the National Volunteer Week Morning Tea to acknowledge their contribution to the community. Venue: Wyndham Civic Centre Date: Tuesday 12th May 2015 Time: From 10.00am Registration is essential as places are limited. For more information or to register, visit www. and click on the ‘events’ tab.


Photo: Cynthia Marinakos

She recalls, “Walking into that class for the very first time I was an uncoordinated, 121kgs, woman with patchy hair. I was unsure, quiet and a reserved woman who felt like I had lost everything womanly about me.”

Nicole and students Nicole Sanderson, Sarah Painter, Mary Saad and Cherine Exadactylos

In 2001, Nicole Sanderson was a happy and healthy 27 year old enjoying her carefree life to the fullest - as you do in your 20s. One day her whole life changed. Nicole was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare auto immune disease. She fell into a coma for three weeks with only five per cent chance of survival. She got out only to enter a deep depression, and was told she would never have kids, or go horse-riding again (her biggest passion). Later that year, Nicole was invited to a bellydance class.

Fast track 14 years later and Nicole runs Blue Fire Bellydance School in Altona East. “I want people to experience what I did when I first walked into a class, to pass on this amazing gift of this ancient dance and hopefully like mine did - transform some lives.” Music, moves and props such as swords and fan veils help students explore the wonderful range of styles that Nicole incorporates into their choreographies - inspired from workshops she attends around the world. Cherine, a student of two years, explains what she gets out of Bellydancing - “You get to meet so many wonderful women of all shapes, sizes and ages forming a supportive and encouraging sisterhood. With plenty of opportunities to perform and have fun along the way, what's not to love!” To give bellydancing a go, visit www.bluefirebellydance. and give Nicole a call on 0430 595 702. Cynthia Marinakos


SUSTAINABILITY MESSAGE TREES SPEAK VOLUMES something so precious and integral to the survival of humanity - our planet. Jodi Kenny, a teacher from Altona Primary School, says, “When students from all ages get to contribute to an exhibition, I believe it can only have a positive impact.”

2000 primary school children participated in a collaborative Art in Public Places exhibition to promote sustainability. Five message trees are currently erected outside the Louis Joel Community Centre complete with leaves decorated by children from five primary schools within Hobsons Bay; Seaholme PS, Williamstown North PS, St Mary’s PS, Altona North PS and Altona PS. The leaves are individually embellished with artwork, handwritten phrases or both. Each leaf uniquely articulates the point of view of the artist. Some leaves hold rather profound messages, like ‘small acts transform the world,’ whereas others share personal pleas to protect animals, trees, or more specifically, the yellow-bellied pigeon. Several reinforce tried and tested messages to be proactive in our efforts to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ or ‘save water.’ “It was amazing to read some of the leaves and see the insight that young people have on the world,” said Robert who works at the Community Centre. Essentially, the collective message about how the earth’s future is impacted by the choices, decisions and actions we take today is strong and clear. For the innocent it seems; why wouldn’t you protect


During the launch, a group of grade 2 students participated in activities to further reinforce the importance of recycling. They were given an activity bag made out of newspaper before being shown how to turn a 1.5ltr plastic bottle into a soap dish. Each child then planted a seed in a newspaper pot to take home. Perhaps the dream of one child whose leaf read, “Don’t cut down trees because tree’s roots help to keep the soil together and not blow away,” will eventually come to fruition. Particularly when some of today’s young greenthumbs have already embraced the responsibility to nurture, water, nourish, and keep their plants alive. “The students loved the activities and we have a student who has used the plants to make a garden outside our classroom,” says Jodi. People are invited to peruse the leaves on the Sustainability Message Trees, which will be exhibited until May 10. Kyla-Jayne Rajah


Flick Chic Reviews With the school holidays there is always an influx of children-friendly movies released at the cinema. These movies are usually broken down into three categories: Number 1, movies that only children can enjoy, Number 2, movies that children enjoy and parents can tolerate, and Number 3, movies that are loved in equal measure by children and parents alike. Cinderella is the latter. Kenneth Branagh has taken this classic story, which has had more than its fair share of remakes over the years and produced what can only be described as pure, undiluted Disney Magic. The casting in this film is absolutely spot on. People familiar with Downton Abbey will recognize Lily

James in the role of the kind and beautiful Cinderella. James is perfection at all times and more than holds her own against the likes of Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. Blanchett is masterful as the evil stepmother, providing an insight into exactly why she is just so awful to our heroine. Ella’s stepsisters offer much comic relief and Richard Madden, of Game of Thrones fame, is wonderful as Prince Charming. Bonham Carter makes her big moment as Ella’s fairy godmother count. This one scene is an absolute highlight and is everything that is great about movie magic. I cried, I laughed and I thoroughly enjoyed every last moment of this film, as did my daughter. Branagh has created an instant classic to add to his growing list of cinematic achievements. If you only see one of the children-friendly films this holiday season, make sure it is Cinderella.

Melissa Longo


SAUNDERS CASE MOTH & SPITFIRES You may be surprised at my choice of topic, for instead of telling you about a species of plant, I have opted to introduce you to the larvae (grubs or caterpillars) of two insects the fascinating Saunders Case Moth and the equally fascinating, but often repugnant, Spitfires.

The larval stage is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults, insects being excellent examples. The appearance of the larva is, generally, very different from the adult form (e.g. caterpillars and butterflies). Saunders Case Moth (Metura elongatus) can be found throughout the year in Melbourne gardens. While they are not all that common, or indeed obvious; I manage to locate at least one or two in our own garden every year. Adult males have black wings, an orange hairy head, and a black and orange banded abdomen. A female adult does not have wings and remains in her larval case for her entire life. She is white with a brown head and grows to approximately 30mm in length. The larva feeds on a wide range of plants and builds itself a case made of strong silk and decorates it with twigs, leaves, bark or lichen – usually from whatever plant it happens to be feeding on at the time. As, on several occasions, I have found a Saunders Case Moth feeding on Hardenbergia violacea, I guess they must be fond of that native species. The caterpillar’s head emerges through the opening at the top when it is feeding and when it is enlarging its


case. Droppings are expelled through a smaller hole at the bottom of the case. Pupation occurs within the case and the male moth emerges through the lower opening, leaving the empty pupal case protruding. Spitfires, or Sawfly Larvae, are very common insects on Eucalyptus trees. The species in my pen and ink drawing is the Steel-blue Sawfly, Perga dorsalis. They are not true caterpillars, but the larvae of a wasp. After feeding singly at night, the larvae gather into large groups during the day. This clustering behaviour offers some protection from natural enemies especially as, when disturbed, the larvae tap their abdomens up and down and regurgitate from their mouths a disgusting greeny-yellow fluid smelling strongly of eucalyptus oil. This is a very effective deterrent for would-be predators and parasites. Almost every year, in August, at least one of the Eucalyptus melliodora trees in the Basaltica WaterWise Garden has had large swathes of its leafy canopy defoliated. On investigation, we always found the culprits - at least one large cluster of Spitfires. Because they are part of the scheme of things, we did not remove them unless the tree was in danger of being completely defoliated. Helene Wild

Laugh Out Loud The Australian Tax Dodgers Association (ATDA)* has presented a strongly worded complaint to the government about the treatment of some of its members at Melbourne airport recently. Well placed sources have said that heavily armed police, backed up by the dog squad, raided the Qantas First Class Lounge where some ATDA members were waiting to catch a flight to Singapore. The police demanded to search the carry-on luggage of those present, but fortunately there was a member of the Human Rights Law Centre in the lounge and he was able to quote the relevant section from the United Nations Declaration on the rights of those who travel First Class. This states that anyone who has enough money to pay an expensive lawyer “has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.� A legal fee was settled there and then and the lawyer threatened a nulle prosequi and a corpus delicti on the police. This had the desired effect and they withdrew with only minor damage to the lounge after the dogs objected when they were not allowed to sample the petits fours. (The patient reader: For goodness sake, will you get on with the story and cut out the Latin and whatever the other language is.) The ATDA has threatened the government that if there is any further harassment of their members, they will initiate a campaign to persuade the public that they are being victimised. Tax dodging, they claim, is a long established practice in their various industries, especially among

TAX DODGING miners, technology companies and local firms with headquarters offshore: any attempt to interfere would be un-Australian. They particularly object to the suggestion that the practice puts them on the same footing as the dodgy self-employed of a certain country who were so incompetent that even the French and Italians saw through their schemes. At the moment, nobody admits to being a member of the ATDA, but they know each other by the accountancy firms they use for their financial accounts and the fiction writers they employ to compose their annual reports. There was no comment from the office of the Treasurer, which is busy finding ways to get pensioners to pay more tax. *A subsidiary of Tax Dodgers International Inc. Frank O'Shea Editor: No hate mail please - this is a creative writing submission, it is not to be taken seriously, nor should it be considered to contain any real facts.


CRIME WRITER “It was a dark and stormy night….”; That’s how I always begin; But try as hard as I might, Nothing else comes out from within. I’ve been trying to write a novel, A baffling murder mystery; How can others do it so well: Wallace, Wambaugh and Connelly? I just know it will be a thriller, But as yet it won’t come out; And it’s sure to be a best seller; Of that I have nary a doubt. With blood and sex on every page, The readers won’t put it down; The critics about it will rage: I’ll be the toast of the town. It has this brilliant detective, Inspector Terrence Augustus Flynn; As a sleuth, he’s brave and effective, But human; he’s not averse to sin. He’s been married three or four times; At domesticity he’s a failure; But he’s good at solving crimes; No smarter cop in Australia. There’s a serial killer rapist, Who never leaves any clues, But the plot has many a twist, The police and readers to confuse. I can see me striding to the podium In a room filled with admiring eyes; Press and other crime writers have come: I’ve won the Golden Dagger Prize. I will sell the movie rights To a Hollywood producer; An Oscar perhaps; my name in lights; I shall be rolling in clover. So here I am at my laptop, Still thinking about what to write About my vile villain and hero cop: “It was a dark and stormy night…….” Jack Nystrom, Sunday, 4 November, 2012. 34

Hi Kids

Point Cook Kids

I love the sound of an impassioned message! So, when I saw the ‘Leaves of Change’ exhibition at the Louis Joel Community Centre, my heart was gladdened. Over and over, I heard the voices of schoolchildren who not only think change is possible, but who believe they can bring it to life. Here’s what some of you little beauties said with both conviction and strength!

“We need to keep our earth clean.”

“Half flush toilets to SAVE WATER.” “I’m turning off the lights.” “Don’t cut down trees because tree’s roots help to keep the soil together…”

You’ve got until 10th May to check out The Sustainability Message Trees, and remember to plant a seed, save water or make a worm farm on Earth Day.

“Don’t Litter in the ENVIRONMENT.” “NO POLLUTING THE AIR.” “Small Acts Transform The World.” “Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE.” “Save EVERY Animal by NOT Littering.” “PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN THE RIGHT BIN.” “We Can Grow Lots Of Food.”

To the clever designer: Is it possible to make the phrases stand out all over the page with font designs? So it looks like a collage with photos and phrases here and there? Just thoughts. I appreciate you may not have time. No captions on photos this time. Thanks. KJ

Calling on Point Cook Schools and Parents to share photos, art, stories, writing for this page. Email your contributions to or post to the PO Box 1145 Altona Meadows 3028



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Community Newspaper Issue 64, May 2015